Back In The Day Quentin Tarantino Slept In His Car & Leonardo DiCaprio Was A Break Dancer

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Once Upon a Time In Hollywood, the movie that earned 10 Oscar nominations, was one of the most talked-about films of 2019. 

The movie is set in 1969, based on the journey of a Hollywood actor Rick Dalton, played by Leonardo DiCaprio and his stunt double Cliff Booth played by Brad Pitt. The film focuses on how Rick and Cliff navigate through the changing industry.


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Though the characters in the film Rick and Cliff are both struggling artists, it’s quite the opposite for the actors who played these characters. But do we know the whole story? Maybe not!

As hard as it may be to believe, A-list actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and even the director Quentin Tarantino, were all struggling artists “once upon a time in Hollywood”. Though they all succeded and got their happy ending as actors and director in Hollywood, things were not as pretty as they are now for them.

In an interview, Pitt, DiCaprio, and Tarantino all sat together and shared their early experiences and struggles as new artists in Hollywood.


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“You know, when I first moved out here, it was the summer of 1986 and I didn’t know all about Los Angeles, other than what I’d seen on ‘The Beverly Hillbillies’ and ‘Dragnet,'” Brad Pitt said. “I landed in Burbank at a house I could crash at for a month or so. It was just me and a maid from Thailand who couldn’t speak English. Man, I was just so up for the adventure, and so excited when I’d drive by a studio where they make movies. It meant the world to me.”

It didn’t get easier after that either. Brad Pitt then moved to a new place where he lived with eight guys in a two-bedroom apartment in North Hollywood. “You have your little corner where you keep your clothes folded up in a little bedroll,” Pitt laughed. “I became quite accustomed to McDonald’s and Shakey’s Pizza buffet. I didn’t mind. The city was a wide-open experience.”


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And then it was Tarantino’s turn to share his story. The Oscar nominated director worked at a video store in the 80s and slept in his car, a Ford Capri, parked behind the store. At this stage of life, Tarantino was writing the screenplay for ‘Reservoir Dogs’ which adapted into a movie in 1992 and became one of the highest grossing films.

Leonardo DiCaprio too had to struggle to get to where he is now and the actor revealed that he was a “break dancer”. DiCaprio’s parents used to live in Bronx and moved to East Hollywood. Soon after the move, DiCaprio found his calling and wanted to pursue his passion.

“Then we moved to Silver Lake and it was me bugging my parents on the commute to go to school on the Westside to please, please, please drop me off at auditions,” DiCaprio said. “But I kept getting rejected by agents. I think because I was a break dancer at the time and had crazy haircuts …”


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“But that rejection, it was like, even though I lived in the mecca of this dream land that was the movie industry, it felt like this intangible world where I needed a fairy godmother to come down and say, ‘You are anointed as an actor.'”


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This candid interview is proof that Hollywood is a place of struggle no matter who you are. Every successful artist has had a tough road behind them. 

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