From the moment Quentin Tarantino revealed that his next film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, would somehow revolve around the Manson Family murders of 1969, there's been a debate about whether or not movieogers should be cool with that. The Manson murders - and, in particular, the brutal slaying of Sharon Tate - are some of the most vicious and horrific in recent history. Should they really be offered up as plot fodder in what's sure to be yet another ultra-violent Tarantino film?
Of course, this being 2018, this debate has swirled despite the fact that we've actually known precious little about the film's plot. We know Sharon Tate's a character, and will be played by the Oscar-nominated Margot Robbie. We know Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt's characters - the leads in the film - will be living next door to her. But how integral are the Tate murders to the plot? How much of that will we actually see onscreen? We still don't have the answers to these questions.
You know who does have those answers, though? Sharon Tate's sister, Debra, who was not shy about expressing her concern for the project when it was announced. In new interview with (sigh) TMZ, Debra Tate reveals that Tarantino called her up to walk her through Once Upon a Time in Hollywood's plot, and has since determined that everything's kosher.
Thus spake The Playlist:
"Debra Tate says that Tarantino explained the plot to put her mind at ease. She says, “This movie is not what people would expect it to be when you combine the Tarantino and Manson names.” Debra Tate is also pleased that Sony moved the release date up a couple weeks, to avoid the 50th anniversary, saying that the original August 2019 date was “tacky and exploitative.”
Good lord. To have been a fly on the wall for that conversation...
Of course it's possible that Tarantino's downplaying elements of his script for Tate's benefit, but this strikes us as exceedingly unlikely: were Tarantino (who, it's worth noting, is still receiving plenty of valid criticism about his, shall we say, laissez-faire attitude towards safety on the set of Kill Bill Vol. 2) to fib his way through this conversation with Tate, it'd only lead to a bigger blow-up upon Once Upon a Time in Hollywood's release.
What do you folks think? Has Tate's (dramatized) presence in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood put you off the film? With Debra Tate signing off on the project, does it change your opinion? Where do you stand on the topic? We're curious. Please hit the comments below to let us know where you're at with this one.