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Quentin Tarantino Dives Deep Into De Niro: ‘Jackie Brown’ Shoe Choice & Losing Role In Mike Nichols’ Rom-Com – Tribeca

Quentin Tarantino Goes Deep With Robert De Niro At Tribeca Film Festival, talks about how actor was fired by Mike Nicols on 'Bogart Slept Here'

For, what was truly racking Tarantino’s head: Why, oh, why was De Niro let go by Mike Nichols off of what would become Neil Simon’s The Goodbye Girl; the project originally known as Bogart Slept Here? In regards to Jackie Brown, Tarantino confessed to De Niro atop the conversation “I felt like I kind of jipped you; (your character) Louis doesn’t have much dialogue.” In the movie, De Niro played a quiet guy, recently released from jail who hangs around gun-runner Ordell Robbie’s Hermosa Beach apartment, smoking pot, having sex with Bridget Fonda’s surfer girl Melanie in arc that builds up to a suspenseful job for the ex-con with unexpected twists. “I described that posture like it was a pile of dirty clothes,” says the filmmaker about his third theatrical release after Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, the script based on the Elmore Leonard novel Rum Punch.

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