Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time...In Hollywood is an alternative history story in which fictional characters change the course of the Hollywood that we know. In this case, that history is the Manson Family murders of Sharon Tate and her friends which took place in 1969. But with the fact that the movie has changed history comes the question, just what happens next?
One certainly has to wonder just how the future of Hollywood might have been different if Sharon Tate had lived, but since Once Upon a Time is truly focused on Leonardo DiCaprio's character Rick Dalton, and his attempts to become a bigger star, the other question a lot of people must have is, did it work?
At the end of Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood, after Rick Dalton has torched a member of the Manson family with a flame thrower, he gets to meet Sharon Tate in person, an event which the film seems to imply will lead to brighter fortunes for the actor. In a recent interview with The Wrap, director Quentin Tarantino reveals that he's actually been thinking quite a bit about the career that Rick Dalton has after the events of the film. Fans will be pleased to know that Rick is doing fine, better than he was, even if he maybe doesn't become the massive star he wanted to be.
According to Tarantino, Rick Dalton does finally break into the movies, but what's perhaps more interesting is that it isn't Rick's new relationship with Sharon Tate and, one assumes, Roman Polanski, that increases Rick's star power, its news of what he did with a flamethrower...
To be sure, the fact that the star of a canceled television western torched somebody with a flamethrower inside his own swimming pool is certainly the sort of event that would make the news, and it's the fact that Rick Dalton is now a name on everybody's lips that leads to him finally getting some decent, if smaller, studio film roles.
However, while Rick Dalton does do some film work, it appears he's destined to remain a television actor. Still, it's not all bad news, as Quentin Tarantino insists that Rick Dalton's TV fortunes have still greatly improved, and so even when he's playing the guest star heavy on an episodic series, as he had been doing previously, he's now pulling more focus and doing bigger shows...
Quentin Tarantino has certainly become quite invested in his Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood characters. He's talking about them here as if they were real people, and he recently revealed he wrote actual episodes of the film's fictional Bounty Law TV series that he says he intends to direct. He's so invested you wonder how he'll feel if he doesn't have a good night at the Oscars this Sunday.
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