but I did have it out"); that "if anybody were to break into my house, I'd kill them, no questions asked, no nothing"; and that "if I went to prison, I would not be butt-fucked. But the thing about it is, it just kind of is, and there are certain things I don't really want to understand subtexturally.
I just want it to be and do."It seems, then, that there's a reason for his reticence.
Los Angeles: Quentin Tarantino and Uma Thurman have reportedly taken their friendship to the next level after working together for many years.
Thurman and Busson ended their tumultuous on-and-off again relationship recently.
Tarantino has previously been linked to stars like Kathy Griffin and Mira Sorvino.
In some quarters, all this may be frowned upon, but he could care less. The food here is very good, but it is a little special. I'll get one, too, and maybe a few oysters, just to be celebratory, and take in a few heavy metals and get excited."Yes," she says pleasantly, "it'll be a little mercury for us."And so this is our introduction to Uma, who apparently is as skittish about being Tarantino's muse as Tarantino is about saying what kind of muse she is. But her agent insisted, and one night Tarantino joined her for dinner in Los Angeles."Every other person I'd talked to had ideas about the script," Tarantino recalls. ' "They next met in New York, had dinner again, hardly talked about the movie and wound up back at Thurman's apartment, where Tarantino asked her to read a scene for him. Too young."e do, in fact, spend a lot of time glancing at Uma obliquely, but there's nothing to it; it's only us trying to look around the corners of her marzipan-colored skin to see more of what might be inside, because words only go so far and she can be so discreet."What's it like being single? "The last time I wasn't married, I was twenty-five, and I didn't have two children. I can't really relate to it.""Have you been on a number of dates? I met one person, and I've been seeing that one person.""So you didn't go out on a number of dates before meeting that one person? But we'll have to get back to that later, because there's precious little time to dwell on it now.
Everything accrues to his great glory and reputation. I think I listened to a lot of scenes and gave Quentin my opinions and killed myself trying to help him make the movie great. In many ways, we are lost and don't know what to make of her and her words. "Maybe Uma didn't like the material, maybe she hadn't even read it, but she made it a point to not talk about it much." Instead, she talked about her life, and he talked about his life, and in Tarantino's mind it suddenly seemed like they were acting out one of the most memorable scenes in the fictional world of Pulp Fiction, the one where Vincent, the hitman, has to take Mia, his boss's wife, out to dinner, and they wind up at some retro juke joint twisting the night away."If you remember that scene," Tarantino goes on, "the two people don't really know each other. She downed a few shots of vodka to loosen herself up, went at it and was quite great."I was still meeting with a bunch of people, however, and I didn't know Uma was Mia until the next time I went out on a meeting," he says. ""Nope.""But let's say someone were to approach you, maybe in a bar, what line might work? We have to inflict some unfortunate torture of our own on Uma, involving the end of her marriage to Hawke."Let's approach it this way," we begin.
He shows up obnoxious on the potted on four tasty apple martinis. He punches a cab driver for some hazy transgression. This was in 1993, while he was searching for an actress to play Mia Wallace, the gangster's wife in and didn't think she was right for the part. "The girl was very nice, very cute, but it was kind of a degrading experience, and I feel like she took something away from me. "In retrospect, that was probably the best part about it."Tarantino and Thurman are worlds apart. Actually, men don't approach me," she says, warming to the subject. Well, I have dated people who have not renounced their privacy. It's not like they have a nice new girlfriend. And with the saying of those five little words, in just the way that she said them, we suddenly feel ourselves released from the lesbian's charms.
Globe-trotting, he hooks up with girls left and right, savoring the benefits of being a famous director. In fact, he had no intention of even meeting with her. "We are prepared to answer, but before we can, she maneuvers a lemon over an oyster and some of the juice squirts us in the face, causing us to exclaim, "A shot of acid! On the loss of her own virginity and when it happened, Uma will only say, wistfully, "Too young. At the same instant, we also, for the first time, at least partially glimpse how it is that Uma must operate as Tarantino's muse.
But we hope that it is and, if it is, we hope that we won't be at a loss for words to explain it, subtexturally speaking.arantino: movie geek, loud-talking barroom brawler, high school dropout, wildly gesticulating raconteur, apparent foot fetishist, working-class movie-mayhem madman genius. It was almost like, ' Oh, shit, Mom and Dad are mad at each other, and it's never going to be OK until they're not.' "Unlike her, he's open about everything and, for instance, has no problem talking about his sexual history, strange though it has sometimes been.
Thurman: poised, cool, finger-thin, terribly tall, deliquescent, discreet daughter of spiritually aligned Manhattan intellectuals. He lost his virginity when he was sixteen and says, "I think I came the second dick hit pussy, " — standard stuff.
hit theaters and provided much fodder for the tabloids, since he allegedly cheated on her but only because he thought she'd cheated on him, with Tarantino. But I didn't spend a lot of time on a pedestal, musing. But it doesn't really relate to what I did."Without much further ado, she flips open her menu. It's a strange situation, kind of unusual, why they're there together, but in the course of having to suffer through this thing, a connection happens. "It was with this terrific actress who totally got the piece. "You once said, ' It's better to have a relationship with someone who cheats on you than with someone who does not flush the toilet.' ""Oh, that's an old quote," she says, not unpleasantly. Muses need to sit above the ruckus of common, everyday life, looking down and carrying on with their cool muse putting the finishing touches on a movie starring Thurman, Tarantino is never far from her, even when she is far from him.
It was ugly business, though in the aftermath Thurman tried to take the high road, as seems to be her way. They click into each other and begin to appreciate each other. But I'm sitting there giving her my private thoughts about Mia — stuff that Uma and I had talked about that's not on the page — when all of a sudden I felt like I was cheating on Uma. ' How can I talk to another girl about Mia when Uma is Mia? The whole joke was, you could actually release an entire movie with dialogue, what there is of it, overlaid on the feet, and you'd probably have a fairly comprehensive narrative."Secrets of a sort are being revealed, we think. Maybe Uma is tiring of her muse role and no longer wishes to entirely contain her feelings. Even if it isn't a sexual thing, it is intimate; and it's probably a little creepy, too, her having to know that while she sleeps, Tarantino is no doubt thinking of her ... "I mean, I don't know what sense it makes today. I don't know what else I can say."We can see water starting to collect in the corners of her eyes and say no more about Hawke. Just recently, she was in New York and he was in Santa Monica, inside a mixing room, pacing around while on a screen in front of him flashed images of Thurman, as the Bride, suffering any number of indignities.
So, leaning back and turning sideways, we gaze at Thurman from a distance, appraising her, and say, "Well, aren't you Little Miss Businesslike."She looks at us like no one has ever called her this before. Also, we drank wine, not vodka, I'm pretty sure. I mean, he made it a great experience for me.""What was that noise? He's always cutting me up, and getting me covered with mud, and having me tied up and shot in the face with a shotgun. I mean, he says he loves me, but what kind of love is that? But it occurs to us now that maybe some kind of weird unstated psychodrama is playing itself out in the director-muse relationship — does he secretly love her, does she secretly feel the opposite? He can calm down, especially when he's one-on-one. He might say, ' I didn't finish my point! I can handle it.""And is it really true that he has a foot fetish? How long could the conversation be, really, especially if you don't share the fetish? " or, if displeased by some action of hers, "Goddamnit! He says, ' I want to be directing her for the rest of my life,' so he's made that choice, and the thing is, you don't shit where you eat.