Quentin Tarantino is still on tour promoting the book once upon a time in hollywood, in which, among other things, he reveals, for example, the mystery surrounding the death of Cliff’s character’s wife. In an interview for the show The Joe Rogan Experience, the interviewer asked him about Harvey Wenstein, the head honcho of The Wenstein Company who currently serving prison for their cases of sexual predation and abuse of power. Among various reflections on the character, the director made self-criticism on how the attitude of the product could have “stopped”r. But from the new statements, it also stands out how Harvey Wenstein wanted to force Quentin Tarantino to remove a scene from Reservoir dogs.
Wenstein supposedly wanted the director to remove the torture scene that today is an icon within pop culture. In this sequence, the character of Michael Madsen tortures a police officer, cutting off his ear and sadistically arguing that he did not care exactly what he knew, because he was going to torture him anyway. Tarantino put it this way: “His reasoning was, ‘Look Quentin, this is a movie that anyone can see. But With that torture scene, you are going to alienate women; they won’t want to see this. So, you are literally putting your own movie in a little box. But without that scene, anyone can go see this movie and everyone will enjoy it. ‘ That’s where I really became me, because Harvey was used to winning in this type of argument.
The director argued that the film had already been released at various festivals with the controversial scene and that it would not make sense to remove it. Wenstein wanted to force Tarantino, but failed, no matter how much the producer was nicknamed in the industry like “Harvey scissorhands” for his eagerness to cut the footage in editing to his directors. Another director who resisted this was Bong Joon Ho and Snowpiercer. The scene where a guard gutted a fish To intimidate the rebels, it was the favorite of Bong Joon and his cinematographer, but Wenstein couldn’t stand it. Bong Joon told him that it was a tribute to his father, who had been a fishmonger. The producer let him be, being totally deceived, since the director’s father had not fished in his life.