Amy Schumer’s podcast 3 Girls, 1 Keith was able to recently speak with writer/director Quentin Tarantino and spoke about various projects throughout the interview. He also reveals that his hyper-violent Natural Born Killers (directed by Oliver Stone) had originated from the first incarnations of the True Romance script, they were once one single movie before he decided to split them into two projects instead.
Quentin says that Natural Born Killers lead characters Mikey and Mallory were fantasy versions of Clarence and Alabama that Clarence, a wannabe screenwriter, had created for a massive 500-page script he was supposed to be carrying around throughout the film.
TARANTINO: “In the original script, Clarence wanted to be in the movies, he wanted to be a screenwriter. Like me, Clarence wanted to write movies. He’s got some 500-page magnum opus, nothing is typed…like the Una bombers manifesto he carries it everywhere he fucking goes, these random pages.”
“But the script he’s writing is Natural Born Killers and so the thing is that you’d have the situation where you would see Clarence and Alabama do their things and then he’d read her scenes from the [Natural Born Killers] script. And then you’d see this fantasy version of Mickey and Mallory, the sexy young couple sociopaths serial killers on the run. And it fuckin’ worked, there’s no doubt it, it was just too f-ing long, alright.”
“But there was an aspect that even though thematically I loved I almost needed to take them out because they started to be the best scenes. I go ‘If Mickey and Mallory are that interesting, maybe they deserve their own movie’.”
Ultimately, Tarantino was happy with how True Romance turned out but has been vocal over the years on his displeasure with how director Oliver Stone tackled Natural Born Killers.
SOURCE: 3 GIRLS, 1 KEITH PODCAST