Eli Roth, Inglourious Basterds star and writer/director of the Hostel movies gave us a moment to talk to him during Monday’s signing. We discussed the obvious topic of working with Quentin Tarantino, his next film project and his thoughts on comic books.
On working with the exuberant Tarantino, Roth said its been a different experience every time. “On Hostel, Quentin was just there just guiding me, even on Grindhouse I just came in for a week and shot my trailer on my own. This is first time that we actually worked together, day after day after day. I gave it everything I had I wanted to be that dream actor that was always there for him, and in character, I stayed over there over Christmas and New Years. Everyone else went home and I didn’t want to leave, I felt like we were on this mission, and I didn’t want to leave until it was done.”
The much rumored latest project of Roth’s is his Endangered Species script, which he hopes will be able to finish writing very soon. He’s been notably quiet about it and he was no different with me regarding the sci-fi epic, “I haven’t been able to tackle anything else,” Roth said. “I’m finishing up the script hopefully soon.” On locations, Roth said they are working that out now.
Having been in a comic book store, I simply couldn’t resist to ask if he ever has any thoughts to work in comics. Having gone to the Tisch School of Film at NYU, Roth mentioned throughout Monday’s signing how he’d frequent Forbidden Planet constantly.
“Comics for me has always been one of those side projects, that I never can fully do. I’ve been so busy with the movie stuff, and that’s my primary interest. I have a few more movies I want to crank out and if I do comics, I’d have to take a break for a couple of years from movies and dive right into it, because I don’t think I could do both at once. If I do a comic, I’m going to have to really really read what’s out there, and make it great.”
We’re looking forward to seeing Roth’s portrayal of Donny Donowitz beating some Nazi skull in with a Louisville Slugger, and further news on Endangered Species.
I can’t tell you how pumped I am for Eli Roth today, but I wanted to take a moment and say how pumped I am to get my hands on a Quentin Tarantino script.
I’m a bit of a collector of such things. I live down the street from the MET and there is always that vendor in front of the museum selling copies of screenplays. I have copies of personal favorites like The Big Lebowski and The Usual Suspects but not a Tarantino script. I feel like I’m not actually a collector of screenplays until I have a Tarantino script. I’m pumped to meet Roth, because I hear he’s a cool guy and his Hostel films are deliciously violent affairs, but considering this summer has been such a sad sack of really terrible summer movies (the only good ones I’ve seen this summer are District 9 and The Brothers Bloom), I think Basterds is the last chance for a genuine quality summer movie. When I say summer movie, I mean fun, and face it: while Tarantino really hasn’t had a movie of the caliber of his early work, he does know how to make enjoyable, fun summer movies.
So, with today’s signing from 4-5pm, I hope I get the chance to talk to Roth about working with Tarantino and hopefully have some photos and some quotes.
Keep it locked here for post signing discussion, and make sure you get in line early to meet the director of Hostel.
Better get a bib, horror fans! You’re gonna need it.
Eli’ll be signing Inglorious Basterds posters, and the store’ll have copies of the film’s screenplay book available.
UPDATE: Pictures from this signing may be seen here, at FP NYC’s Flickr page.