Vulture this month has a pretty great interview with Quentin Tarantino, and there are at least 10 different parts I’d like to blockquote and share, but I’ll limit myself to just one and urge you to just read the entire thing instead. The part in question is about casting. Tarantino is talking about arty awards movies with no shelf life — “Half of these Cate Blanchett movies,” as opposed to The Fighter or American Hustle, “which will be watched in 30 years.”
What makes The Fighter something we’ll be talking about in 30 years?
Part of that is the explosion of David O. Russell’s talent, which had always been there but really coalesced in that movie. I think he’s the best actor’s director, along with myself, working in movies today. And The Fighter had impeccable casting. As an example, I really liked The Town, which also came out in 2010. It was a good crime film. However, next to The Fighter, it just couldn’t hold up, because everybody in The Town is beyond gorgeous. Ben Affleck is the one who gets away with it, because his Boston accent is so good. But the crook is absolutely gorgeous. The bank teller is absolutely gorgeous. The FBI guy is absolutely gorgeous. The town whore, Blake Lively, is absolutely gorgeous. Jeremy Renner is the least gorgeous guy, and he’s pretty f*cking good-looking. Then, if you look at The Fighter, and you look at those sisters, they’re just so magnificent. When you see David O. Russell cast those sisters, and you see Ben Affleck cast Blake Lively, you can’t compare the two movies. One just shows how phony the other is. (Via Vulture)
I couldn’t agree more (and this is in the same interview that QT says how much he likes The Newsroom, so you know I’m not just agreeing for the sake of it). Compared to those sisters, Blake Lively seemed… seemed… like some kind of MTV hookah. Whatevah the fack that means.
HER NAME IS CHAHLENE!