Tarantino adds more Margot Robbie scenes to ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’

Sam Ashurst
Contributor
72nd Cannes Film Festival - News conference for the film "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" in competition - Cannes, France, May 22, 2019. Director Quentin Tarantino and cast member Margot Robbie attend the news conference. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

Quentin Tarantino’s Cannes premiere of Once Upon A Time In Hollywood went ridiculously well, with a lengthy standing ovation during the final credits.

However, the reaction wasn’t completely positive, with one critic confronting Tarantino about Margot Robbie’s lack of lines in the film as Sharon Tate during the movie’s press conference

It seems Tarantino has responded to this criticism directly, he’s changed the edit following the Cannes premiere to add in more moments for Margot, while explaining his thinking around the character.

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“The thing about it is, unfortunately she’s a woman who has been defined by the tragedy of her death,” Tarantino said. “While not making the Sharon Tate story, I wanted to explore who she was, the person.”

Cast member Margot Robbie poses for a picture as she takes part in a photo call for the movie "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" in Beverly Hills, California, U.S. July 11, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake

“In doing research on her she sounds almost too good to be true from everybody who knew her. She knew a lot of people so there’s a whole lot of verbal historical accounts of her. She just seems to be one of those too sweet for this world kind of person.”

“I thought it would both be touching and pleasurable and also sad and melancholy to just spend a little time with her, just existing,” Tarantino said.

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“I didn’t come up with a big story and have her work into the story so now she has to talk to other characters and move a story along.”

“It was just a day in the life. It’s a day in the life of all three of them, that Saturday in February. A day in the life, driving around, running errands, doing this, doing that, and just being with her.”

“I thought that could be special and meaningful. I wanted you to see Sharon a lot, see her living life. Not following some story, just see her living, see her being.”

The new cut runs two minutes longer than the Cannes cut, additional scenes of Sharon’s time in Westwood, and an extended hitchhiker scene.