"I tried to not turn Sharon into a Quentin Tarantino character. Rick’s a Quentin Tarantino character. Cliff’s a Quentin Tarantino character. Even McQueen is a bit of Quentin Tarantino character. In a way, I didn’t want Sharon to be a character. I wanted her to be the person that she is. Now, it’s only my interpretation of the person from what I’ve learned about and I’ve definitely been leaning into the bride in the light stuff, but that really seems to be who she is. If there are other aspects of her out there, I couldn’t find it. But the thing is, was not about her being a character, but the real person. She was almost supposed to represent normalcy in the thing. She doesn’t have any plot to do. We’re watching her live her life because that’s what was robbed from her.
The fact that she is a person cosigned to history for the most part defined completely and utterly by her tragic death. And in these last four weeks people have watched Margot [Robbie] play this person and they saw that she was more that. She was a lovely person and they get a sense of her spirit and they get a sense of her life and you actually watch her doing things people do in a life–watching errands, driving a car, just doing life stuff, and you even got to see the real Sharon juxtaposed into that. And now I actually think that people will think about her differently than they thought before. It’s not the beginning and end-all of Sharon. There’s still more to learn about her and everything, but I think saving her from her tombstone, the movie has done that to a small degree, but I think a significant degree."
-- I actually teared up a little reading those quotes from Quentin Tarantino on his version of Sharon Tate and what he was trying to do with Once Upon a Time in Hollywood -- they're via a chat with Paul Thomas Anderson at a DGA event this week, which runs a half an hour long and The Film Stage was kind enough to share at this link. If you missed my review you can read it here. I've seen the movie twice and have fallen pretty hard for it at this point -- I just do not get people who argue there's nothing for Margot Robbie to do in the movie; her passages in the film are my favorite scenes of all the scenes, and feel like such a gift to me.