During the Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Q&A session at the Cannes Film Festival (posted by Variety). We were able to transcribe a nifty bit of information from the video panel that Quentin Tarantino dropped about a scene he removed that included Leonardo DiCaprio’s Rick Dalton in The Great Escape playing the Steve McQueen role of Hilts.
TARANTINO: “There was a scene I ended up taking out, where it’s revealed in the scene with Marvin the agent that at one point when [Steve] McQueen was offered The Great Escape, that he vacillates a little bit about whether or not to do it. He vacillated enough that John Sturges had to make a list of possible replacements and Rick’s name was on the list. It was Rick and three Georges, Peppard, Maharis, and Chakiris, and Rick.”
“They kind of talk about it for a moment and Marvin says: ‘No, it’s a good story, we can see you in it”. We actually had a thing where you see Rick in The Great Escape. You see Rick in The Great Escape doing a scene with the Nazi Colonel in the scene that kind of made McQueen a star when he sort of stands up to the Colonel. And we pulled it off fairly well, it was great, it looked good. In fact, too scary I’m afraid someone’s gonna do Casablanca and put George Clooney in it.”
“But it looked great and the thing that was really cool about it and you watch it and go ‘Yeah, Rick would have been good in The Great Escape, I don’t think it would have been as good as McQueen but he would have been good’.”
Interesting enough, the actor Steve McQueen is indeed a character in the film and is played by Damien Lewis.
Sony has set the release date for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood for July 26th.
Quentin Tarantino’s ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore. The ninth film from the writer-director features a large ensemble cast and multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age.