Quentin Tarantino is so committed to American storytelling that he’s reportedly preparing his latest film, he won’t look outside the country for his casting. In a new interview with Deadline, the director states that he declined to cast a British actor to play an American, lamenting that “no one does their real voices” these days.
“Obviously, nothing against the British, but we’re living in a really strange time right now,” Tarantino said. “I think when people look back on this era of cinema and all these British actors pretending to be American and all these Australian actors pretending to be American, it’s like ghosts. No one is doing their voices.”
Of course, Tarantino admitted that this phenomenon can happen because we have so many British actors talented enough to pull off a convincing American accent. As for equally talented Americans? “I would say the Americans gave up their land for the most part,” he said. “I think it’s just a case where one group of Brits became more famous than others. Americans gave up their land. When I look at ’70s cinema, I want to see Robert De Niro, I want to see Al Pacino, I want to see Stacy Keech, you know, I want To see people like that reflect the culture to me.”
It’s worth noting that Tarantino wasn’t exactly strict on this newly announced rule: Australian actress Margot Robbie portrayed American actor Sharon Tate in Once upon a time in hollywood. Perhaps with his latest film – based on a critic who “used to write movie reviews about a pornographic rag” – he’s aiming for new levels of purity.
Tarantino is also preparing film critic, Reconsider the final ranking of his films.