Tarantino and Rodriguez: Who's the Man?

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TAPPER:
Technically, the car crash -- not to give too much away -- that's a pretty intense scene.

TARANTINO:
Oh, thank you.

TAPPER:
That's a pretty intense scene. That is a haunting scene. I would go so far as to say if anybody you love has been hurt in a car crash, you should not see "Death Proof."

TARANTINO:
I would actually say that, too, actually, and I've never put a caveat like that on my movies, you know. I think you're right about that, actually, yes.

RODRIGUEZ:
Or at least close your eyes.

TARANTINO:
Yes.

RODRIGUEZ:
That's a pretty long period.

TARANTINO:
Yes. Exactly.

You know, one of the things I'm really proud about that is a situation that I have done twice now, and so far has worked out well -- I'd write something down in the script, and literally have no idea how I can possibly accomplish this. It is beyond my realm of everything I know about filmmaking and special effects. And I'm not going to do it with CGI. So how do I do it?

It happened in "Kill Bill, Volume 2," when Uma had to dig her way through the earth and emerge. I didn't know how I was going to do that either, and just trusting that it's going to work out and knowing that you're going to have to figure out a new way to do it that's ever been done before. and then figuring it out and then looking at it and it looks good -- that's pretty gratifying.

'A Machine Gun Leg -- That's Going to Get Butts In Seats'

TAPPER:
Robert, a woman with a machine gun leg. How does that occur to somebody?

RODRIGUEZ:
It came in stages. First, she did lose her leg, and then I backtracked it, Rose McGowan, and talked to her about doing the character before I'd come up with the leg. She dances really well. So I can now make her a dancer to make it even more tragic when she loses her leg. And Rose has always been told she should be a standup comedian. So, "Oh, then I'll make you a standup comedian with no leg."

And then I thought, "Well, wait a minute. What would a trailer for 'Planet Terror' look like? I'm supposed to be making this exploitation movie, and most of the exploitation movies had a great trailer. They had a great poster image. Her with a stick leg? And zombies? People have seen that before." I was stuck in traffic. "I need an image. I need something -- " and, then, suddenly, I just pictured her kicking her leg around firing, launching herself over walls with a grenade launcher off her leg," and I go, "A machinegun leg. That's going to get butts in seats. And that will be an image that even if people never see 'Grindhouse,' they'll remember, 'Oh, "Grindhouse," that's the girl with the machinegun leg, huh?'"

I just thought it was a really sexy, dangerous, exploitation-like image, and done very raw. I mean, done like it would have done in the old days. It's not a "Terminator" leg. It's not a real fancy, high-tech leg. It's just a stump with an Ace bandage and a gun shoved in it. So it looks wrong, because it's on a beautiful girl. It just looks like it's half-assed done.

And when that came to me, I was able to write the rest of the script off that, knowing that she was somebody who had self doubts about herself and her relationship with her ex-boyfriend. He was going to turn her, with his belief in her, into something much bigger than she thought she could be, because she just has a really down-on-her-luck life.

TAPPER:
Something autobiographical in there?

RODRIGUEZ:
Absolutely. There is, actually. I won't say what.

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