Quentin Tarantino on why the ‘Once Upon A Time’ ending was changed

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Quentin Tarantino has revealed that he . Why choose a different ending for the movie version of Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood.

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The scene in question, which included an emotional phone call between DiCaprio’s Rick Dalton and Trudy Fraser (Julie Butters), was filmed—but ultimately scrapped rather than focusing its attention on the Charles Manson murders.

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talking to Empire, Tarantino said: “There’s a reason it’s not in the movie,” he said, referring to the original Rick and Trudy ending. “If you play that scene, that’s the ending. You have to start almost the whole movie all over again.”

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Although the ending scene of the film comes much earlier in the book, the 58-year-old director said he “knew a lot from the beginning” that the ending would not play out in the same order.

“The night of the killings was the epilogue. I even had ‘Epilogue’ pop up before it even started,” he explained. “But what we learned is that the night of the murders in August is not an epilogue. This is the third act.”

Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio in ‘Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood’. credit: press

The film’s producer David Heyman previously told IndieWire In 2019 that he believes Butters would have been nominated for an Oscar if the scene in question had remained in the final cut.

“Quentin is a master at throwing a great scene,” he said. “If she had been in, she would have received an Oscar nomination for that performance. But it didn’t serve the film. It’s all about the rhythm of the film, where it needs to be.”

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Tarantino recently said that he plans to take Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood On the stage.

“I wanted to write a play, and stuff that isn’t in the book… I wanted it to exist as a play,” he said. big picture podcast. “And then, I’m able to figure out things that aren’t in [movie]. The play is related to Italy. “

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