Quentin Tarantino's 'Inglourious Basterds,' a WWII epic set in Nazi-occupied France, hits theaters in August. Nearly a decade in the works, the movie has been long anticipated as a comeback for Tarantino--perhaps by no one more than the writer/director himself.
Though reviews were mixed, it was the only U.S. film to win an award at Cannes (Christoph Waltz took home Best Actor for his portrayal of Nazi commandant Hans Landa). Brad Pitt also stars as a Nazi scalp-collecting lieutenant.
Tarantino sat down with GQ to discuss the film and the toll it has taken on his personal life.
On his calling vs. other directors' 'jobs':
"When you gotta go out and make a movie to pay for the kid's private school and for the three ex-wives, don't talk to me about your artistry. It's their job. It's not my job. It's my calling."
On his work/life imbalance:
"When I'm doing a movie, I'm not doing anything else. It's all about the movie. I don't have a wife. I don't have a kid. Nothing can get in my way. The whole fucking world can go to hell and burst into flames. I don't care. This is my life."
On the failure of his last relationship to end in marriage:
"But if that had happened, I wouldn't have made Inglourious Basterds. Or I might have eventually, but I wouldn't have made it with the same intensity."
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