There was a lot to be said about Margot Robbie not having very many lines in Quentin Tarantino’s 2019 film Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood. Well, there was a lot to be said by Tarantino actually saying very little.
Following a wave of praise for the black comedy, which premiered to a seven-minute standing ovation in Cannes in May, the director was joined by stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie to answer journalists’ questions at a press conference.
When a reporter questioned Tarantino on why Robbie, who plays tragically murdered actress Sharon Tate, has noticeably limited dialogue in the film, Tarantino only scowled and said “I reject your hypothesis.” Watch the moment here:
If you recall, Robbie flew in and softened the awkward moment.
“I did feel like I got a lot of time to explore the character, even without dialogue specifically, which is an interesting thing,” she said. “Rarely do I get an opportunity to spend so much time on my own as a character, going through a day-to-day existence … [I] actually really appreciated the exercise and felt that I could deliver what I wanted to onscreen.”
Similarly, Robert De Niro was thrown a couple of curly questions recently relating to his new film The Irishman. In the three-hour-and-2- minute drama, Anna Paquin stars as his daughter – but she only has seven words. Yep, SEVEN. While the script doesn’t pass the Bechdel test, does it mean it’s not feminist viewing?
“She was very powerful and that’s what it was,” De Niro told USA Today. “Maybe in other scenes, there could’ve been some interaction between Frank and her possibly, but that’s how it was done. She’s terrific and it resonates.”
The Irishman explores the true story of a truck driver named Frank Sheeran (De Niro) who gets involved in a life of crime and works for a powerful Teamster named Jimmy Hoffa who is murdered. Paquin, who plays Peggy, is opposite De Niro when she delivers her seven words.
“Why? Why?” Peggy asks Frank in the film.
“Why what?” Frank says.
“Why haven’t you called Jo?” she says.
And that’s it. Could there have been more lines? Yes. Is the film anti-feminist? No.
Watch it now on Netflix.