By Luaine Lee
McClatchy-Tribune News Service
Film buffs might want to scoot up a chair and eavesdrop on “The Director’s Chair” via the El Rey Network where director Robert Rodriguez interviews other famous directors. On Aug. 27 he features, what he calls “Quentin Tarantino, Vol. 1 and 2” because they talked for five hours.
Long a fan of Tarantino, Rodriguez says he’s been chronicling the director’s work for 22 years. “When he was writing ‘Pulp Fiction,’ I was writing ‘Desperado’ in the same offices next to each other,” says Rodriguez. “He would often come read and act out scenes from ‘Pulp Fiction’ and a number of other movies. And a lot of times I would videotape it.”
Rodriguez squirreled away a videotape of Tarantino reading and acting out a sequence from his movie, ‘Kill Bill’ nine years before the film was shot. “And, then, six years later, he’s reading me a new version. And it’s so frustrating for me because the stuff he chooses to throw away, anybody would kill for. I listen to either one of those, and I go, ‘I would shoot that right now. I don’t know why he just doesn’t make that version.’ But you see the process, and he talks a lot about the process, why things are done.”