Tarantino and Rodriguez: Who's the Man?

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TAPPER:
Are you proudest of that image, that concept?

RODRIGUEZ:
I'm very proud of that image, because it's been such a striking image. I mean, I ran into Neil Jordan and I said, "Oh, have you seen the trailer for my new movie, 'Grindhouse"? And he said, "No, I haven't." I go, "Oh, this is Rose McGowan. She's the girl with a machine gun leg." He said, "I've seen this image. That is one of the sexist images I've ever seen. It haunts me." I went like, "Wow, that's great." So I was very proud of that image, but also just the story, just the relationship of those two characters. That was what I focused on the most. That was more important to me than anything else.

The Art of Collaboration

TAPPER:
The relationship that you guys have seems unusual for Hollywood, because, usually, it is so competitive and people don't like collaborating. I know there have been experiences you both probably have had where work of yours was adopted and you weren't crazy about it. What is it about you two that you like to collaborate? Is it the fact that you just have similar roots in independent cinema, you're self-made and came up almost exactly at the same time?…This is your sixth collaboration, right? I mean, it's odd.

RODRIGUEZ:
One: I'm from Texas. We're a collaborative down there. That's why I did "Sin City" with Frank Miller. Got in trouble out here in Hollywood, actually. They sent me packing.

TARANTINO:
Out here in Hollywood…

RODRIGUEZ:
Had to take my horse and go back home.

TARANTINO:
Like a Louis L'Amour novel.

RODRIGUEZ:
But I wrangled Quentin down there and we rustled up a crew and…

TARANTINO:
He's my pahd-ner.

RODRIGUEZ:
But we have been friends since we met on the festival circuit in 1992, when I had done "El Mariachi" completely independently in Texas. And he did "Reservoir Dogs" completely independently, and both of them had guys in black going around shooting people, and&30133

TAPPER:
But there must have been an inherent competitiveness that would be there, and…

RODRIGUEZ:
It wasn't competitive at all.

TARANTINO:
It wasn't competitive at all.

RODRIGUEZ:
I couldn't believe the movie this guy made, and he was like my best friend instantly.

TARANTINO:
We were turned on by each other's work and each our similar interests. And I'm not really that competitive with any artist anyway, because it's like, I think I'm the man, and Robert knows he's the man. So what's to be competitive about? I'm actually excited by it; I want there to be directors out there that turn me on. I want to be excited about somebody's next movie and can't wait to see it and go see it first day, because I just can't live until I see it. That brings joy to my life to actually have that kind of excitement about somebody.

But, everything you said about -- Is it this? Is it that? Is it this? -- it was all those reasons that you said about why me and Robert are friends. But the bottom line is if I never made a movie in my life and Robert never made a movie in his life, we'd be as good friends -- if we had met each other -- as we are now. If I met him in elementary school, we'd be best friends. You know, that is part of it, but the big part of it is I'm Quentin and he's Robert, and we like each other.

RODRIGUEZ:
We like each other. I was really excited when he was telling me stuff he was going to be doing in his script and -- competitive -- we are only making it better for ourselves.

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