Tarantino and Rodriguez: Who's the Man?

And we were talking a little bit and everything, and she goes, "You know what, Quentin? I think this is your time in life to climb Mount Everest. These are your mountain-climbing days." And I knew she was right the minute she said it.

: Meaning what?

: Meaning this is my time to do big projects. If I've got a grandiose idea, this is the time. If I'm going to do something that's going to take a long time and be very difficult and "Screw life, it's all about this, life can't get in the way, I've got to do this mission." You know, when it comes to whatever project, this is the time for that. It's not going to be when I'm 60. It's not when I'm 55. It's right now. Now, I think it'll be that way when I'm 55, too, or I'll stop, but it's got to be on line. It's got to be I'm really trying to do something.

: Robert, you're 38, Quentin you're in your 40s. You're no longer the fresh kids. It's not 1992. You're not filmmakers in your 20s and 30s. I mean, obviously, you have retained a lot of the same spirit as when you were young and just completely self financed. Back when you, Robert, did medical experiments to finance your first movie.

: I come from a family of 10. I couldn't go hit mom or grandma for money. So, yes, I did medical experiments.

: You took pills or something?

: Well, Austin is a big college town. So the pharmaceutical company there is called Pharmaco. They would get students to come in and they would test the latest drug on them, because you have to do that to pass through the FDA. And you would get money for it. And so I did anything from like a cholesterol-lowering drug -- which is on them market now, but they were still testing it -- to a speed-healer drug, where they punched holes in my arms and then put speed healer on one and a placebo on the other and cut it away. Went and did tests on it. I got $2,000 for seven days work. That's how I'd go pay for my movie.

: And it cost $7,000?

: "El Mariachi" did. Yes. That was a lot of money to me, to any college kid. "You got $7,000 in your pocket I can borrow?" You know, that's a lot of money. So people say, "Oh, that's so cheap." The hell it is. It cost me my body. Cost me my blood. That thing cost, man.

'It's A Great Time'

: How is it different now? Obviously, it seems like you can pretty much do anything you want with almost any actor you want. Is that right?

: Right now is a great time. Like when we thought of this idea for the "Grindhouse" movie, it became our dream project all of a sudden, to do this double feature… But it didn't have to be a dream project we had to dream about for very long, because we get to turn around and start making it.

So that was a really exciting thing to do, and then bring actors in and Bruce Willis looks at a little test -- "Well, I'll be there. Sure. Just tell me any part I can play." I mean, it's a great time.

And so, you know, you want to wield that power carefully, because you wonder what can I do next? What should I do next? And it's a great time right now. So try to put your best foot forward.

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