Convinced of her talent after seeing a first cut of “Me, Tonya”, Margot Robbie writes a letter to Quentin Tarantino to express her admiration. A decisive letter for the director, who then prepares “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood”.
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood : Quentin Tarantino’s “total” film
Until the release of Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, it seemed difficult to designate the best Quentin Tarantino film. But in 2019, the feature film changed the game so much it synthesizes the entire cinema of its director. From his love for the seventh art to his ability to alternate between genres, passing through his sense of dialogue, his formidable direction of actors, his talent for filming Los Angeles, his taste for flamboyant reconstruction and his way of redoing the ‘story… Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood is a “total” masterpiece.
A feature film that makes you want to stay alongside its three main characters, nuanced, sometimes vulgar, dangerous, irreverent and bastards, but always fascinating. The spectator is thus transported to Los Angeles, in 1969. Actor on the pick-up, Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) plays the roles of villains in soap operas and only has as a true friend his stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), become his handyman given that the industry has rejected him since he was accused of murdering his wife.
Roman Polanski (Rafal Zawierucha) and his girlfriend Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) have just moved into the property next to Dalton’s on Cielo Drive. Promising actress, the latter has just turned in the spy comedy Matt Helm settles his count and has everything to become one of the future stars of Hollywood.
Margot Robbie’s letter of admiration
Whether Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood is Quentin Tarantino’s best film (it’s him who says it), it’s partly thanks to the excellent performances of Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie, marked by fabulous moments of improvisation. The actress was also able to lend her features to Sharon Tate thanks to a letter of admiration sent to the director. After discovering a first cut of Me Tonya, the actress finally feels convinced of her talent. Aware that the filmmaker wants to stop after his tenth feature film, she decides to write to him to do not miss out on a possible collaboration.
In August 2019, Quentin Tarantino interviews Margot Robbie for Vogue Australia and returns to this famous letter, which he reads shortly after completing the script. The actress explains during their interview:
I’ve wanted to write this letter for years and years. Because I heard you were going to do 10 movies and I couldn’t bear to miss the boat or never see what your film sets looked like.
A decisive letter
The director says for his part:
You state that you’ve been a fan of my work for a long time – you and your whole family – and you say: “I just want you to know that if there is something you would like to offer me, you can do it for me to know”. (…) It was exactly what I wanted to hear.
The filmmaker specifies that if he initially did not know who to call on to play Rick Dalton and Cliff Booth, he always had the actress in mind for the role of Sharon Tate. This letter therefore reassured him in addition to flattering him since when he hopes to be able to contact the actress, his career explodes and she finds herself propelled to the rank of ultra-demanded star in Hollywood. A few days after receiving this letter, Quentin Tarantino and Margot Robbie discuss Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood. The sequel is now cult.