It's good to have friends, someone you can trust and who will lend you a hand. In Hollywood, it's more essential -- and far more difficult -- to have friends. Nearly every relationship is based around money and ego, and no two people alive can ever agree on how much of either is enough. Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez, however, have so far bucked this trend. They first met at the Toronto Film Festival, each attending with his feature debut, Tarantino with Reservoir Dogs and Rodriguez with El Mariachi. It's no surprise that with each helming a groundbreaking, low-budget action film, they found something in common.
They became fast friends, and it wasn't long before they began to work together. Tarantino, nursing his cherished acting ambitions, appeared in a small role in Rodriguez's Desperado (1995), allowing himself to be killed in a toilet stall. Later the same year, the pair teamed up with Allison Anders and Alexandre Rockwell (two more golden children of Sundance) for the ill-fated anthology film Four Rooms (1995). It's generally agreed that Rodriguez's segment is the only one that's even remotely watchable, while Tarantino's -- a flat ripoff of an "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" episode -- is the worst.