[Movies] Quentin Tarantino Passes On Kevin Smith's Tusk Posted by Joseph Lee on 10.09.2013
Smith provides details on pre-production...
Kevin Smith wrote a guest blog for The Hollywood Reporter in which he revealed that Quentin Tarantino turned down a chance to act in Smith's new horror film Tusk. The film stars Michael Parks and Justin Long. It begins production on November 4. Here are highlights:
On what role he wanted Tarantino for: "So while doing my annual Hall H Q&A at the San Diego Comic-Con this year, I told the audience that I'd given a copy of the script to Quentin, in hopes that he'd play the relentless French Canadian cop on the trail of a monster-maker. A few of the lazier websites regurgitated misinformation they read on other blogs, writing that I had offered Quentin the role of the human-walrus. This was incorrect: I wanted Quentin to play the detective and speak like Les Habitants! I'd heard him do an Australian accent in Django Unchained, so I was hoping he might want to ham it up as a Quebecois as well."
On getting turned down: "Then the weirdest thing happened: Quentin passed on the role of Guy Lapointe. QT said he dug the script and couldn't wait to watch Parks (pictured, right) let loose his internal Kraken, but he had no interest in acting at the moment. It was a bummer, as having Q in the mix would've been poetic. Without him, I would need someone equally genius to play Lapointe -- our French-Canadian Javert. If it wasn't going to be Quentin, then who would play Guy?"
On the special effects: "Speaking of which, who would build this walrus suit? On the podcast, I'd suggested reaching out to special effects wizard Greg Nicotero. I was one letter off: Greg is the N in the legendary gore-makers KNB EFX Group. But with the N wrapped up in directing The Walking Dead, I went to the K -- as in Robert Kurtzman. The SFX icon who dreamed up the very flick that introduced me to Michael Parks -- From Dusk Till Dawn. The man who made the Army of Darkness march now runs a company called Creature Corps out of Ohio. I sent him the script and he sent me chilling designs for a walrus suit. After talking about it and writing about it, I could finally see what the human-walrus was going to look like. And holy fuck, was it nasty! That's when I realized we weren't making a horror movie; clearly, we were making a monster movie!"