Tim Roth has revealed Quentin Tarantino’s secret to getting actors to star in his movies: get them drunk.
During an appearance on Entertainment Weekly: The Show to discuss his upcoming Amazon series Tin Star, Roth recalled how he got first got involved with Tarantino’s directorial debut, Reservoir Dogs.
“Within 20 pages, I was going, ‘Oh, I want to be in this,'” he said of the script. “It’s so beautifully written. It’s so keenly and intelligently written. And it’s also very funny.”
Roth agreed to meet with Tarantino and Harvey Keitel, who was already signed on as an actor and co-producer. Despite the duo’s attempts to persuade him, Roth refused to read for the part of Mr. Orange, saying he’s “crap” at auditioning.
Soon, Keitel had to leave, and Roth and Tarantino moved to a pub for some drinks and, then, to a convenience store to bring more beer back to Roth’s place. “And proceeded to read the entire script… every part in it about 10 times because we were hammered by then,” laughed Roth. “And that’s how I got the job.”
The relationship didn’t end there as Roth and Tarantino would later reunite for Pulp Fiction and The Hateful Eight.
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