Twenty years ago, the Fuller family RV was hijacked by the nefarious Gecko brothers, Seth (George Clooney) and Richie (Quentin Tarantino), resulting in a series of events that would lead to one long, epic battle between humans and vampires in a strip club that operated in the hours From Dusk Till Dawn. With a script by Quentin Tarantino that was directed by Robert Rodriguez, together the two created a masterpiece of B-grade cinema that only cinema’s most notorious bromance could. While it has gone on to spawn multiple sequels, prequels and a re-adaptation for the small screen, there’s nothing like the original, so here’s a look at some facts about the gore-filled film that started it all.
Tarantino Wrote The Script For $1,500 And The Ear Scene In Reservoir Dogs.
Special effects technician Robert Kurtzman had asked Tarantino to write a script based on his story that was designed to showcase his craft. For his efforts, Tarantino was paid $1,500, and Kurtzman’s company, KNB, helped put together the necessary effects with the ear scene in Reservoir Dogs for free. Kurtzman was the first one offered the chance to direct, as Tarantino wanted to concentrate on his role as both screenwriter and Richard Gecko. When Kurtzman wasn’t able to commit to the director’s chair, Tarantino offered it to Robert Rodriguez.
No One Wanted To Play Seth Gecko.
A veritable who’s-who of Tarantino and Rodriguez regulars were in talks to play ringleader Seth Gecko at some point, including Antonio Banderas, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Christopher Walken, John Travolta, and Steve Buscemi, but all of them were forced to turn it down due to scheduling conflicts. It was then pitched to George Clooney by Tarantino, who’d met him while directing an episode of ER in 1995 titled “Motherhood.” Clooney accepted, making it his first big-screen role. Both Buscemi and Roth were also approached to play the role of Pete Bottoms, the clerk from the beginning of the film, which eventually went to John Hawkes.