It was a whodunit of Hollywood proportions — who leaked the script for Quentin Tarantino’s latest film?
After the leak last January, the director initially vowed to shelve the project (though, obviously, he later revised that stance) and had no choice but to suspect one of his cast members as the potential perpetrator.
On Monday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, the director and cast addressed the issue when the host asked them, point blank, “First things first — which one of you leaked the script?”
It couldn’t have been Samuel L. Jackson, Jimmy Kimmel reasoned, because “Sam doesn’t leak anything… we don’t even know what his full middle name is.”
Costar Michael Madsen also recalled how his manager informed him of the leak, and that Tarantino named him as one of the possible leakers, along with Bruce Dern and Tim Roth. On the show, one of them comes clean about it (sort of), which you can see below.
Tarantino added that he “reacted really badly” after his first draft of the script leaked. “I wanted to write three drafts of the script, go through it three different times, tell the story three different times, and then decide, ‘Okay, this is the movie.’ And so I did the first draft, and it was completely unfinished … so to have it exposed in that first version really got to me.”
The Hateful Eight opens in limited release on Christmas Day before going wide in January.