Just hours after The Hateful Eight character portraits debuted, we have even more images from director Quentin Tarantino's Western. These photos also include commentary with the cast members, who offer new insight into their characters in The Hateful Eight. With all of these photos debuting over the past few days, hopefully we'll get to see the first full trailer sometime soon, since the Western debuts in just six short months.
Set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh), race towards the town of Red Rock where Ruth, known in these parts as "The Hangman," will bring Domergue to justice. Along the road, they encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson), a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins), a southern renegade who claims to be the town's new Sheriff. Losing their lead on the blizzard, Ruth, Domergue, Warren and Mannix seek refuge at Minnie's Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass.
When they arrive at Minnie's, they are greeted not by the proprietor but by four unfamiliar faces. Bob (Demián Bichir), who's taking care of Minnie's while she's visiting her mother, is holed up with Oswaldo Mobray (Tim Roth), the hangman of Red Rock, cow-puncher Joe Gage (Michael Madsen), and Confederate General Sanford Smithers (Bruce Dern). As the storm overtakes the mountainside stopover, our eight travelers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all. Take a look at the photos below, along with the commentary given from each actor.
Kurt Russell plays bounty hunter John Ruth, described as "a hard-as-nails sonavubitch" who is seen defending his quarry against Samuel L. Jackson's Major Marquis Warren.
Kurt Russell and Jennifer Jason Leigh irritate the eardrums of General Smithers (Bruce Dern), an aging ex-Confederate, in front of the roaring hearth at Minnie's. There's not much quiet or politesse when it comes to these characters. Here's what Kurt Russell had to say about his character:
"My guy is just so bombastic and so big. He's like a bull and the whole movie is the china shop."
Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh)
Jennifer Jason Leigh plays the outlaw Daisy Domergue, shown sporting a shiner courtesy of bounty hunter John Ruth, who has handcuffed himself to her until he can deliver her to justice. Here's what Jennifer Jason Leigh said about Daisy and John's strange dymanic together:
"Kurt and I are essentially the most dysfunctional couple since Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson)
Samuel L. Jackson has been a mainstay in Quentin Tarantino's films ever since Pulp Fiction, appearing in both large and small roles for practically all of the filmmaker's productions since then. In The Hateful 8, Jackson plays Major Warren, a former Union officer who ends up crossing paths with John and Daisy. Here's what Samuel L. Jackson had to say about acting from Quentin's scripts:
"There really is nothing like getting to speak Quentin's words. I'm always loving it."
Joe Gage (Michael Madsen)
Michael Madsen put his name on the map by starring in Quentin Tarantino's first film Reservoir Dogs, and, like Samuel L. Jackson, he has starred in several of the filmmaker's projects since then. While this is a Western set in the 19th Century, the actor revealed that he believes this story is an homage to Reservoir Dogs:
"You have to ask Quentin, but I do think it's a bit of an intentional homage to Reservoir Dogs. It's one of those pictures where nobody really knows who anyone really is It's kind of a masquerade party."
Quentin Tarantino On the Set
Along with several actors that Quentin Tarantino regularly works with, he also largely uses the same crew as well. Here's what the director had to say about the cast and crew members he keeps bringing back:
"A whole lot of these people have been working with me a lot. So they know how my movies work, and they know the vibe and everything."
Kurt Russell On the Cold Weather
Shooting took place in Telluride, Colorado in the dead of winter, which was essential since a blizzard is what brings these eight random characters together. Quentin Tarantino actually screened Kurt Russell's The Thing for the cast so they could understand how to make a movie in frigid temperatures. Kurt Russell revealed that The Thing shoot was actually much colder than The Hateful Eight:
"The Thing was colder, quite a bit. This was cold but it wasn't uncomfortable for me. Plus, I had the big fur coat on.'"
There are only a few interior locations in The Hateful 8, one of which is the stable at Minnie's Haberdashery. The director shot on 70mm Cinemascope cameras, which haven't been used since epics such as Ben-Hur and It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, to give the movie a bigger feel. Here's how the director described his approach:
"It's a modest project done unmodestly."
The ranch in Colorado where production took place was previously used by Tarantino's friend and True Romance collaborator, the late Tony Scott. Quentin Tarantino explains that, while Tony Scott had filmed Marlboro commercials there before, it had never been used for a feature:
"This ranch was beautiful with the mountains and everything and it had never been utilized for a film before, but Tony had shot a few Marlboro commercials up there over the course of the years. In a weird way it was like Tony beyond the grave kind of pointed us to this location because he had treated the owners so well and they liked them so much that they were predisposed to allowing a film crew to come in there."
Long before the film started production, Quentin Tarantino held a one-night only live staged reading of his script. Walton Goggins explains that the movie itself is presented more like a play:
"The film really is presented as a play. It's filmed mainly in one room and it's as if every time he says, 'Action,' the curtain goes up."