Plot details for Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon A Time In Hollywood have been under wraps since the trailer arrival last month. Fortunately, producers David Heyman and Shannon McIntosh dished a few details to EW.
First of all, it's not a Charles Manson-murders movie. “That’s one of the big misconceptions to clarify,” Heyman states.
“It’s about the loss of innocence that came about in 1969 with the Manson family,” explains McIntosh. “It’s the three classes of Hollywood,” says Heyman. “There’s the high Hollywood of Sharon (Margot Robbie), the declining star of Rick (Leonardo DiCaprio), and there’s Cliff (Brad Pitt), who lives farther out and with more humble means.”
McIntosh, who worked with Pitt on Inglourious Basterds and DiCaprio on Django Unchained, gushes bringing the two together was “absolutely magnetic.” “I can’t wait for the world to see Brad’s performance in this,” she continues. “He’s so wonderful and charismatic and I think he is the Brad that people fell in love with years ago. Especially when he’s going toe-to-toe with Leo, his performance is amazing, he looks great and I think people will be reminded why he is the movie star that we know he is.”
Of course, there's plenty of focus on the late Sharon Tate as well. "She's been mythologized in some way through the murders but we get to see her as a person and we get to see her delight and enthusiasm and her sweetness,” Heyman explains. “She represents an innocence and innocence lost in some way, and that innocence is very much — that sweetness, that goodness, that delight with the movies, with her, with her life — is something that we experience.”
Heyman adds Tarantino "absolutely embraced Debra Tate, and that was very important to him and to us that she’d be comfortable with what we’re doing because obviously anyone thinking that we’re making it a Manson movie, which we’re not, but he was very sensitive to that and remains sensitive to that."
“This is Quentin’s most personal film,” Heyman concludes. “This is his memories of growing up in Los Angeles and being a fan of Hollywood.”
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