Quentin Tarantino hates “True Romance.” It’s one of those misheard and misunderstood bits of trivia that sticks in your head when you’re young. The truth is, the relationship between director Tony Scott and Tarantino was more collaborative and rewarding than trivia questions would have you believe. From the news that Scott initially offered to step back and let Tarantino direct “True Romance,” to Tarantino’s begrudging admiration of the film’s happy ending, there’s a lot worth exploring in the one collaboration between the two auteurs.
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On a recent episode of The Rewatchables, a Bill Simmons-hosted podcast about our favorite repeat viewings, Tarantino shared his version of how Scott came to direct “True Romance.” Tarantino and Simmons were discussing “The Last Boyscout,” Scott’s cult-classic collaboration with screenwriter Shane Black, and the conversation naturally pivoted to Tarantino’s own experience with the filmmaker. After describing himself as a big fan of Scott’s films, Tarantino explains that he was introduced to the director by one of his former employees and that he (Tarantino) assumed that was as far as the conversation would go. At the 19:30 mark in the podcast, Tarantino explains how that relationship expanded: