Quentin Tarantino is a director unlike any other, and it certainly shows when you go see one of his movies. His latest, the revenge Western The Hateful Eight, is currently playing nationwide, after a successful roadshow release. Longtime QT collaborator Tim Roth recently appeared on NBC's late-night talk show Late Night with Seth Meyers, where he revealed the two things that no one working on a Quentin Tarantino movie is allowed to do on set: fall asleep, and bring your cell phone to work. Here's what the actor had to say about the first rule, and what will happen if this rule is broken.
"There are two things you're not allowed to do. One is fall asleep on set, and the other is bring a cell phone on. If you fall asleep on set, the camera crew are ready for you. They've got Big Jerry in a bag. Big Jerry is a dildo that's about that big. It's purple, I think. If you fall asleep, they put it into photographs with you and you go on a Board of Shame. If you take that photo down angrily, it gets bigger. Eventually what they do is- I think this happened on Django Unchained, where somebody got so furious about this picture they put it all on T-shirts, and the whole crew was wearing them."
Tim Roth, who previously worked with Quentin Tarantino on Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Four Rooms, wouldn't elaborate about who was photographed with Big Jerry on The Hateful Eight set. As for the no cell phone rule, the director has a quick and simple fix for this, dubbed Checkpoint Charlie. Here's what the actor had to say about how the no cell phone rule is enforced.
"Checkpoint Charlie is a huge deal. You have to hand in your phone. The guy's name is Spencer, bless him. He sat in a pickup truck on the side of a mountain in Colorado, and was growing a beard. That was it. His beard just got longer and longer. His job was to take people's phones and charge them, and then give them back. No phones, no devices of any kind on set. It's fantastic."
The Hateful Eight opened in 10th place over the Christmas holiday, with an impressive $4.6 million from just 100 screens during its one-week 70mm roadshow release, earning a phenomenal $46,107 per-screen average. The Western jumped from 10th place to third place last weekend, earning $15.7 million from 2,474, for a healthy $6,349 per-screen average. The film currently earned $35.1 million over the first two weeks in release, but we'll have to wait and see if it can crack $100 million. Take a look at the clip from Late Night with Seth Meyers, where Tim Roth explains Quentin Tarantino's rules.