Quentin Tarantino is a renowned director who has made a name for himself in Hollywood over the years. However, even the most successful filmmakers have their share of flops; for Tarantino, that movie is Grindhouse: Death Proof.
Released in 2007, the movie focused on a group of women seeking revenge on a killer and r*pist, played by Kurt Russell. Despite Tarantino’s impressive track record, the film grossed a disappointing $50 million worldwide.
In an interview with the Spanish magazine Diaries ARA, Tarantino shared his thoughts on the flop. After Death Proof, which didn’t do well at the box office and was a bit of a shock to my confidence, I started getting proposals again. They must have thought, ‘Perhaps now he’s touched, and his temper has gone down, now is the time.'”
Despite the disappointment, Tarantino has not let the failure of Grindhouse: Death Proof deter him from pursuing his passion. Tarantino made a comeback two years after the financial blow of Death Proof with Inglourious Basterds, a film that reimagined history.
The movie showcased Christoph Waltz’s breakthrough performance as the cunning SS colonel Hans Landa, for which he won an Oscar and restored Tarantino’s box office success. Despite having a $70 million budget, Inglourious Basterds grossed an impressive $321 million, cementing the director’s position as a box office powerhouse.
Looking back on his career, Tarantino’s perseverance and dedication are evident. He has faced challenges and setbacks but has remained committed to his craft. “I have been lucky enough to write stories that have connected with many people, and this has allowed me to practice my art without the restrictions that most filmmakers have.”