The Weinstein Company wasn't content to just hit people over the head with a Grindhouse-sized double feature from Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino. No, they also thought they'd issue a double-whammy and hit the press over the head with a massive junket, providing no less than fifteen actors, and the two directors, for our pleasure. If you can imagine trying to take notes while Quentin Tarantino goes off on tangents at a million miles a minute, then you have a small taste of what we were exposed to. Next time, bring on the mutant zombies, I say.
Thankfully, we got to sit down with practically everyone in this film (no Bruce Willis or Michael Parks, sadly) and chat. Who surprised me the most? Hands down -- Freddy Rodriguez. He is one cool cat with a really great attitude and background. Who knew he was from Chicago? Well, er ... clearly not me, until he told me. He also seems to have shed himself of the Poseidon baggage as well, and rolled over right into Grindhouse. Get it?
Who seemed the most perplexed at all the hubbub surrounding Grindhouse? Naveen Andrews, without a doubt. He had a bemused attitude about the whole thing, and about the appeal of these types of films. In all honesty, he sounded a bit Lost. Get it? Sorry. It's just too easy. Check out the various interviews below, which should sate you until Grindhouse finally hits theaters. Then we can start the whole "Whose half was better?" debate in earnest.
Plus, as an adding warning -- if you don't like spoilers, then you might not want to read these. There's some juicy information in here, including details about stuff that'll be included in the international and DVD releases of the films. So either avert your eyes, or go full-speed ahead, readers.
Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez
How did you first get into Grindhouse cinema? RR: "He's been educating me in Grindhouse cinema for the past twelve years, showing me all these double features and triple features at his house -- either stuff he'd already seen in the theater back when he was growing up, or stuff he'd discovered, that he turned me on to. Didn't really think to do anything with it, because I'm kind of slow, then about three years ago I started thinking 'wouldn't it be cool to do a double feature?' Because I just finished a 3-D movie, and I was trying to think of something else that would bring people to theaters for a theatrical experience. I went crazy with that idea for a few months, then got sidetracked and did Sin City, then I went to show him my cut I did of his scene in Sin City. I went to his house, and laying on the floor with a bunch of other junk was a double bill poster for Rock All Night and Dragstrip Girl, which was the same one I had at my house, on my floor.
That was inspiration for my double feature, just the layout of it. I said 'I've got that same poster, and it's on my floor! I had this idea I was crazy about, I was gonna make two short features, but you should do one and I'll do the other one,' and he said 'Oh, I love double features -- we gotta call it Grindhouse!' and I said 'allright!' Then later he came up with the idea for the fake trailers. When he does show a double feature at his house, he always puts trailers in between -- it wouldn't be a complete experience without them."