Margot Robbie recently admitted to recreating a sequence from the cult classic Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, directed by Quentin Tarantino. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Tarantino’s tenth film, stars Leonardo DiCaprio as actor Rick Dalton, Brad Pitt as stuntman and Dalton’s right-hand-man Cliff Booth, and Margot Robbie as a young up-and-coming actress and Dalton’s next-door neighbor Sharon Tate. The fictional period drama gave viewers a new perspective on the real-life events surrounding the murders of actress Sharon Tate and her unborn child at the hands of the Manson cult while also focusing on Dalton’s struggles to advance in the competitive Hollywood industry.
Robbie told several stories from her outstanding career while being recognized earlier this month with a special “BAFTA: A Life in Pictures” tribute, including one in which the actress recreated a scene from Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Tate (Robbie) swings by the Regency Bruin for a surprise showing of her latest film, The Wrecking Crew. Like Tate, after the 2019 release of Tarantino’s film, Robbie went to the Regency Bruin to see herself on the big screen adaptation of Tarantino’s latest smash. The ticket clerk recognized her as the actress in the picture. She was purchasing a ticket to watch. Read Robbie’s complete response to the article below:
I just went there and watched it on a random Tuesday afternoon and sat in pretty much the same seat. I had the same experience [as Tate in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood], even down to the fact that the person I bought the ticket off was like, ‘but you’re in the movie,’ and I was like, ‘I know.’
The Backlash Against Margot Robbie for OUATIH
Despite the film’s commercial success and multiple award nominations (including five Golden Globes and ten Oscars), Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood received more than its fair share of criticism, with much of the backlash focused on Robbie’s portrayal of Tate. The performance was largely praised, but some viewers were put off by the actress’s lack of dialogue and screen time. Robbie has stated that her extensive screen time in Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was not a problem because the picture conveyed the message he was trying to tell regardless of the number of sequences she recorded being removed.
Tarantino’s Filmic Rewriting of History
Tarantino is no stranger to reimagining historical events, as seen in his fictionalized version of the murder of Sharon Tate from Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Starting with 2009’s World War II thriller Inglorious Basterds, Tarantino’s filmography took a sharp turn away from crime films and straight towards historical revisionism, with the renowned writer and director presenting an alternate take on the past. Since then, Tarantino has dabbled in historical fantasy with an increased concentration on the righting of historical wrongs and the reversal of power, resulting in a pre-civil war epic, a post-civil war drama, and a tragic massacre set in the 1960s.
Although Tarantino has confirmed that his tenth film will be his last, it would be interesting to see Robbie and Tarantino team up once last time as her incredible acting skills bounce perfectly off Tarantino’s unique storytelling. Whether it be another revisionist history drama, or the crime genre Tarantino made a name for himself with in his early career, one can hope Robbie is a part of Tarantino’s final ensemble cast. In the meantime, audiences can look forward to Robbie and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’s Pitt having their own onscreen reunion in the upcoming film Babylon from writer and director Damien Chazelle, which hits theaters on December 23.