Kurt Russell Makes Up "Death Proof" As He Goes

by | April 2, 2007 | Comments

Quentin Tarantino is known for his dialogue heavy scripts, and sticking to them word for word. With "Death Proof," his half of "Grindhouse," he let Kurt Russell add volumes to his character.

Russell plays Stuntman Mike, a charming driver who happens to kill women with his car. Written like a simple stalker/killer, Russell and Tarantino collaborated to create more moments of character.

“I think we were just plugging along and I turned around and looked at him and he said, ‘You should do one of those things where you look right at the camera.’ I said, ‘One of those Burt Reynolds kind of things?’ He said yeah, so I did a look, I did a look with a wink, and I actually did one with a wink and I start to sneeze. But we did ones where we just looked and got in the car. That’s what’s fun, you do all of these different things and then when he gets in the room, they sit there and make up their mind as to what movie they want to see.”

In a fight scene, Russell ad libbed lines to turn Mike into more of a wuss. “There was one thing where [Tarantino] said, ‘Are you saying Mommy?’ I said, ‘No, I’m saying Bobby. He’s calling for his brother he’s so out of it.’ This is one of the things I did just as they got there. I said, ‘Be careful, my right arm is broken!’ and they pulled me out. Then we looked at each other and then looked at the girls and he said, when I say that, to grab my right arm. We went back and we did it again, but it was actually hard to get the timing right. But we finally got the timing right, and he threw in a nice little crunch.”

Further improvs including speaking in a John Wayne voice. “I could never go too far for Quentin. Even he would surprise [himself], and I loved that about him. He [thought] that was too much until he put it in the movie, and he said, ‘Nope, that’s what I want to do.’ We wanted to do a lot of different things with Stuntman Mike.

"Grindhouse" is released this Friday and currently has a Tomatometer of 80 percent.

Can’t wait til Friday for the release of "Grindhouse?" Check out our "Grindhouse A to Z" feature for a fast and furious rundown of all the best exploitation classics that inspired Tarantino and Rodriguez’ double feature sleaze-fest!!

Tag Cloud

YA GoT psycho Set visit CNN Character Guide Rom-Com Extras Musical crime drama period drama X-Men Video Games adventure Disney Dark Horse Comics Interview social media boxoffice OWN Paramount zombie comiccon History transformers Adult Swim TCA 2017 El Rey First Look Thanksgiving Tumblr Disney Channel political drama singing competition Mary Tyler Moore Comic Book MSNBC 007 Oscars Watching Series IFC diversity MTV Certified Fresh Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Emmys travel GIFs Rock based on movie SDCC Star Wars Logo dramedy SundanceTV Rocky talk show Nominations Valentine's Day AMC TCA ABC TBS ITV discovery GLAAD Polls and Games Countdown Red Carpet Freeform TLC 24 frames Drama 2017 Syfy TNT Toys Crackle A&E Amazon Food Network Reality BBC America aliens Trailer Schedule Ellie Kemper Fox News TruTV historical drama Opinion docudrama TV DC Universe Calendar Esquire Marvel Fantasy VICE DirecTV CBS Lionsgate The Arrangement Country Kids & Family Lifetime Fall TV cinemax E3 BBC American Society of Cinematographers 2015 BET Summer Year in Review Super Bowl APB NYCC TV Land cops TIFF Election VH1 Sci-Fi Cosplay Biopics FXX Horror ABC Family The CW Winners supernatural NBC USA DC Comics TCM Infographic biography Musicals Sundance Photos Best and Worst RT History Bravo Nickelodeon composers Awards WGN Superheroes harry potter 45 crime PBS Grammys Mindy Kaling sitcom Universal Podcast technology war FX ESPN LGBTQ Pop Marathons vampires Martial Arts Warner Bros. Comedy Central Action serial killer Showtime Music Star Trek Trivia Reality Competition HBO FOX thriller Cartoon Network Mystery Netflix PaleyFest CMT Writers Guild of America Pirates crime thriller Nat Geo cooking Comedy 2016 science fiction Premiere Dates Starz Sneak Peek Winter TV cats CBS All Access Animation Holidays Box Office Hulu sports police drama Teen Tomatazos President Ghostbusters E! Masterpiece politics Spring TV