You have to hand it to Quentin Tarantino. The guy doesn't jump into the spotlight very often, but when he does, look out! According to the man himself, he's only directed eight movies. His IMDB page credits him with 23 writing credits, 20 producing credits, and 17 directing credits. The best part? His 35 acting credits tops them all!
Whatever the official numbers are, two things are for sure: he knows how to make a good movie, and he knows how to make waves with those movies and with really bad interviewers (more on that later).
Recently, he's come out with saying that the best character he's ever created is Hans Landa, from Inglourious Basterds, and he thinks Christoph Waltz's Hans will remain his best piece of work.
Quentin, sir, at the risk of you “shutting my butt down,” I must disagree. Here are my three favorite characters dreamed up in that squishy mass of brilliance you call your brain!
3. O-Ren Ishii (Lucy Liu) in Kill Bill
With an origin story like O-Ren's, and everything she did to Beatrix Kiddo in Kill Bill, how could she not make the top three?
I'll be the first to admit it. I'm a pushover for a woman with power. There are those of you who will say, “Women can't handle power!” or “Men are the rulers of this planet, not women!” And we can't forget, “They belong in the kitchen, not in the boardroom!” Keep that up, and every one of you will end up like Boss Tanaka.
I'm glad that I can speak up in our group meetings at work and not worry about ending up 9.4 inches shorter...
O-Ren's going from calm, soft-spoken leader to screaming, f-bomb throwing beheader and right back to calm meeting adjourner is something I could watch over and over. Thank you, YouTube, for making that possible!
Her demise was just as memorable as her life story, but I'm sorry to say...it was kind of disappointing not seeing her brain roll out of her head and into the snow in her final scene.
2. Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio) in Django Unchained
My reason for Leo's Calvin from Django Unchained being number two is actually two-fold. For starters, obviously, he's such an outrageous character. He demands he be called "monsieur," even though he doesn't know a lick of French. He said the “N” word so many times that DiCaprio had to have a pep talk from Samuel L. Jackson (who played slave Stephen in the movie) to make it through filming. And you know, no matter how much of a badass he pretends to be throughout the movie, because he owns Django's wife Brunhilda, he's going to meet his maker eventually.
Here's a great eight and a half minute long video highlighting all the times the monsieur got put in his place. Which, in a weird twisted way, makes you love his character all that much more!
The second reason is kind of a strange reason to like a character. It's because, as Tarantino himself has gone on record saying, the director himself hates the character more than any other villain he's ever created.
What's not to like about that?!
1. Quentin Tarantino Himself
Aside from the fact that he's starred in eight of his own movies, literally making him his own character, there are way too many reasons to list that explain why I think he's the best character he's ever written. How could you think any less of him after watching him rip this interviewer a new one?
So, what do you do when you have that many things you like about a director? You make a top 10 list! In this case, I'll limit it to three.
Here you go, a top three list inside your top three list!
1. His Power Of Persuasion
German-born actor Til Scheweiger, who played the Nazi-killing machine Sergeant Hugo Stiglitz in Inglourious Basterds, had never accepted an offer to play a Nazi, and swore he never would. He's received a lot of them, for obvious reasons. But would Tarantino telling him he gets to kill Nazis in the movie convince him to sign on?
2. He Sends Leonardo DiCaprio Scripts For His Movies, Just In Case
Not only have Leo and Quentin been friends for 15 years, but apparently, Tarantino sends Leo scripts to his new movies before he starts making them, just in case Leo wants to star in them!
3. Kill Bill
No, seriously, that's the reason. The first one, the second one, and now that the number three is officially a go (for now), the third one! Everything about this movie is why Tarantino is the best. From the over-the-top blood to the that sound you hear occasionally throughout the movie that sends your cat tearing across the room and through a window.
It's you, the reader's turn! You all know how this game is played. Fill up the comments with arguments about which character you think is Quentin Tarantino's best creation!