If you don’t know who Quentin Tarantino is then WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR LIFE … excuse me — you should at least know his movies, such as “Pulp Fiction,” “Reservoir Dogs,” “Kill Bill Vol.1 and 2,” “Django Unchained,” “Inglorious Bastards” and many more. Now if you have seen these movies, you know what his style is all about. He tends to go for the shock factor in a lot of ways, but he’s so popular because he simply does things differently, delivering a unique cinematic experience.
Take his new movie “The Hateful Eight” for example. This movie was shot in 70mm film, which makes it very unique. That’s something you’ll see in a lot of his movies — uniqueness. One astonishing detail about “The Hateful Eight” is that a historic Martin guitar was used in this movie. This guitar was on loan from the Martin Museum and there were six doubles created for the scene where good ole Kurt Russell smashes the historic guitar into a wooden beam. What Russell wasn’t aware of was that the guitar actor Jennifer Jason Leigh was holding was the actual guitar and before he smashed it, it was supposed to be swapped out for one of the replicas. That being said, he now has to live with the fact that he destroyed an incredibly historic artifact, while the poor Martin Museum was left asking for the pieces back to display in their museum.
I doubt actors ever mess up a scene where their double is used, but I guess that poor guitar didn’t receive the same care. The Martin was a model from the 1870s (aka much older than your grandparents) and was on loan from the company’s museum.
While this was tragic for everyone involved, it was magic for Tarantino, who always looks for a good scene. I think he got his wish as Leigh’s reaction to the guitar smashing was completely authentic. So, if anything good came out of this, it’s good acting. Good for you, Tarantino, you’ve once again, killed it.
You can catch Tarantino’s new flick in its full film glory at Sun Ray Cinema for a limited time.