I was mixed on aspects of Quentin Tarantino‘s Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood, but not with any of the characters. The central performances are particularly strong, especially Leonardo DiCaprio‘s as Rick Dalton, a fading TV Western star caught in the crosshairs of Tinseltown’s transition from heroes to anti-heroes at the dawn of the 1970s.
In this 15-minute video produced by Vanity Fair, DiCaprio and Tarantino go in-depth to reveal how they developed the actor-in-existential-crisis together, starting with little-known examples from the era that influenced Tarantino’s initial conception of Dalton, and then the process he and Leo went through to make Dalton specific to this story.
As a single, focused conversation, it’s more engaging and revealing than what you’d normally get from similar background insights during a DVD commentary, where discussions can get sidetracked by keeping up with the film as it unfolds.
This is a great watch for anyone interested in the artisitc process, and a rare treat from DiCaprio who doesn’t do a lot of press interviews or make rounds on the talk show circuit.