Quentin Tarantino really likes meeting his fans. He just doesn’t want them to ask for a photo. It’s not because he’s a diva, but he thinks it takes away from the interaction.
The legendary director recently sat down with the ReelBlend podcast and during the extensive interview, the subject of fan interactions came up. The gregarious Tarantino is usually very cordial with fans, but he has one beef that will cause him to put up a “glass wall.” He thinks a photo spoils the meeting.
When asked about the best protocol while meeting him, the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood director says, “Oh, that’s easy. Don’t ask for a photo. I’m not going to give you a photo. Not only am I not going to give you a photo, it’s going to vaguely tarnish the encounter.” That’s not to say he doesn’t want to meet fans, he very much does. He continues, “Coming up and saying, ‘I like your movies’ and, like, wanting to shake my hand, I’ll get your name and everything.”
In fact, if you are a fan and want to chat about Reservoir Dogs or Kill Bill, you’re far more likely to have a meaningful conversation if you keep your phone in your pocket. “If you don’t ask for a photo, depending on what the situation is, I might even engage you a little bit longer,” says Tarantino. But be warned, “If you ask for a photo, a glass wall comes up and I try to say no in a nice way and everything, but I ain’t giving you a photo.”
Tarantino’s reason is genuine. He wants a real interaction. He wants to engage and chat, but when all a fan wants is a photo, that connection is lost. “It rubs me the wrong way,” says the Pulp Fiction director, “because I don’t think you want to meet me, you just want a piece of me.”
Of all the directors in Hollywood, Tarantino fans might be the most hardcore. His movies are passionately loved by his fans, so one can imagine how often he gets stopped by them. He’s in rarefied air with the likes of Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese and a handful of other directors who are every bit as famous as the stars in front of their cameras. So, engage him, ask him an interesting question, tell him what your favorite scene in one of his movies is. Just don’t ask for a photo.
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