Continuing with his revisionist fantasies, Quentin Tarantino rewrote the story of what happened that fateful night of August 1969 in Cielo Drive, at the hands of the “Manson family” cult. Although the film seems to end on an optimistic note for Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), the cult director has finally revealed that our protagonist happened after the end of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Summing up, throughout the movie Rick fantasizes about having one day the opportunity to meet his new neighbors, actress Sharon Tate and director Roman Polanski, hoping that they will be his great opportunity to position himself within the film industry. The tape concludes with Rick conversing for the first time with Sharon after he survived the Manson clan attack. She invites him to have a drink with her friends.
Tarantino was recently in The Margaret Cho Podcast, where he confessed that he was not completely sure that having met the Polanski had driven Rick Dalton’s career to obtain that status of the first-rate actor he always longed for.
“What could have happened easily, even if [Rick Dalton] was a little more successful in the 70s than I might give him credit, what I really thought happened, because it happened to many of these guys, is that in the late 70s, early 80s, many of these male protagonists of the 50s and 60s television appeared again on television shows, but as the oldest cop who is the head of the young policeman and who sends them to the missions, ”Tarantino revealed.
The director also acknowledges that with the plot arc that the character went through in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood it is likely that by that point in his career he would have changed enough to consider roles as an actor that he would have rejected years before. However, Tarantino still believes that Dalton would have rejected iconic roles that were out of the norm.
“So when I thought about Rick’s career after Bounty Law, it was always the same kind of situation: he as an established old cowboy, with a new cowboy,” he added.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will be available in digital download on November 28, while the Blu-ray and DVD versions will go on sale on December 31.