He is the director of a generation. He makes films no other filmmaker would dare to – and he does it in style. He’s killed Bill, he’s assassinated Hitler, and he’s even shot the Devil. He’s also revived countless careers and he’s done all of this while tip-toeing along a very fine line between homage and plagiarism.
Yes: Quentin Tarantino is a visionary director who has given us unparalleled levels of entertainment. But he didn’t do it all by himself. Here are 10 of his best collaborators who have helped him along his filmmaking journey.
10. Zoë Bell
You might say that Ms. Zoë Bell was Tarantino’s second infatuation (after Uma, of course). An Australian stunt performer whose first big gig was in TV series Xena: Warrior Princess, Tarantino must have seen something he liked, because he soon recruited her to do all of the dangerous stunts for his Bride in both Kill Bill films.
Renowned for favouring a hands-on approach himself (actually strangling Diane Kruger for maximum effect in Inglourious Basterds being one example of many incidents), I can only assume Tarantino appreciated Bell’s rough and ready style.
After the Kill Bill saga and the end of the (professional collaborative) relationship between QT and UT, the excitable director gave his new muse the opportunity to step out from the shadows and take a lead acting role in his next project, Death Proof (albeit playing herself – with her real name to boot).
After Death Proof, Zoë Bell performed stunts for Tarantino in Inglourious Basterds (for both Mélanie Laurent and Diane Kruger’s characters – Shosanna and Bridget von Hammersmark respectively) and she even stars in Django Unchained with a blink and you’ll miss her cameo role.
What she lacks in acting talent she covers in charisma and gusto, so I am confident Zoë Bell will be a staple of many of Tarantino’s future films, even if it is as a bit-part character.
(A Band) Apart Of: 5 Features
Collaborative Influence: 4/10
This article was first posted on February 11, 2013