What do you say to David Carradine, star, Hollywood mystic, and titular target of Uma Thurman’s bloodlust in Kill Bill — Vol. 2 (opening April 16)? For starters, you ask him if it’s lunchtime in L.A.
EW Is it lunchtime in L.A.?
DC Yeah. If you do that kind of thing.
EW You don’t?
DC I’m kind of a late sleeper. And I usually only eat two meals a day. I’m not digging holes for a living. I’m not a Viking warrior.
EW Ever get mistaken for Kwai Chang Caine, your Kung Fu alter ego?
DC I’m not a monk. I’m a Hollywood actor. I walk around barefoot, yes, but that’s got more to do with growing up in the cornfields of L.A.
EW Cornfields? In L.A.?
DC You had to be there.
EW Were you always a fan of action movies?
DC I always liked them. You go to a Clint Eastwood film, you know you’re going to have a good time. You can’t say the same thing about Meryl Streep.
EW You’re 62, but you sound very young at heart.
DC I’m 9 years old, always have been. Of course, my girlfriend is 24 years younger than I am, so that helps a lot. I’m what you’d call a serial monogamist. I’m always in love. I was never a young guy out hunting beaver — so to speak.
EW So to speak. Pre-Bill, were you a Tarantino fan?
DC At least Quentin’s doing new things. Even Martin Scorsese’s doing the same things over and over. It’s always gangs. Except for The Last Temptation of Christ. And I made him do that. I gave him the book and said, ”If you don’t make this, you’re an idiot.” He said, ”You can play Jesus and Barbara [Hershey] can play Mary!” Took him 15 years to make it. I was too old by then — Jesus had passed me by.