Tarantino and Rodriguez: Who's the Man?

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I mean, I'm trying to do my best movie. He's trying to do his best movie. And when he told me what he's up to, I'd get excited about that. When I'd show him what I was up to, he'd get excited about that. So you kind of cheer each other on, and, in the end, it's just going to make the movie better.

TARANTINO:
The only time I have ever gotten competitive with Robert was when he was coming out with "Once Upon A Time in Mexico," and I was coming out with "Kill Bill, Volume 1," and it was within a three-month period. Yes.

RODRIGUEZ:
Within a month of each other.

TARANTINO:
Yes, it was within a month of each other. And what did you make, like $26 million or $27 million?

RODRIGUEZ:
We opened up -- Yes, something like that.

TARANTINO:
Yes, it was really good. I wanted to&30133I made $22 million. I didn't even come close.

Favorite Films

TAPPER:
What is your favorite Rodriguez movie?

TARANTINO:
Oh, that's a good question. Gosh.

TAPPER:
You have to give me one.

TARANTINO:
Yes. Yes. Yes.

TAPPER:
Don't list them all.

TARANTINO:
No, no. If I was going to actually put it right under a big, giant microscope, I would definitely say my favorite piece of filmmaking of his is the whole Mickey Rourke section of "Sin City," just that section right there. And then the other greatest cinematic thing that he has done is the whole opening set piece that starts "Spy Kids." That whole opening sequence where you see how the parents met each other and fell in love…

TAPPER:
What is your favorite Tarantino movie?

RODRIGUEZ:
I think, for me, it is not really the movie itself. It is, but it's just how everything just came together for me at that point in my life. I had just made "El Mariachi." I was at the film festival. I knew I was going to meet this guy. He had some crazy new movie, and I saw "Reservoir Dogs" for the first time. I just bought it last night -- I was at Virgin and they had a blue-ray HD DVD version of it. I bought it there. I wanted the cleanest version possible, just to remember that time period -- That might be my favorite…"Reservoir Dogs."

'I Scared the Hell Out of You'

TAPPER:
You can't talk about your movies without talking about violence in the movies. And it's funny, because --

RODRIGUEZ:
Except for my "Spy Kids" movies…

TAPPER:
Except for the "Spy Kids" movie…But, in general. And the "Grindhouse" movie -- very, very violent, intentionally so. When I saw "Reservoir Dogs," I was pretty stunned by the violence. Horror director Wes Craven walked out of "Reservoir Dogs."

TARANTINO:
Yes, at a film festival in Spain.

TAPPER:
Craven later said he walked out because he felt like you were enjoying the torture and that human suffering was being trivialized. But looking back on it now, from the perspective of 2007, it is not that violent.

TARANTINO:
Well, it really wasn't that violent then either, as far as like what you see as far as on-screen gore. I always actually took it as an incredible compliment, because I know I didn't really show that much. So the fact that I was freaking people out, and people were passing out, and people were leaving the theater -- that was good filmmaking. I didn't show you anything, and I scared the hell out of you.

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