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Will Margot Robbie Get Some More Actual Lines In The 'Once Upon A Time In Hollywood' Series?

It'd be a refreshing change.

We’re cautiously optimistic about the idea of a series around Quentin Tarantino’s most recent film, but we’d like to know one thing: would there be more lines for Margot Robbie?

To explain: Brad Pitt has confirmed to Indiewire that Quentin Tarantino is considering a Netflix series based around Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, much as he has done with The Hateful Eight, and it’s an idea Brad reckons is “pretty arousing”.

Yeah, pretty arou… I’m sorry, what?

And like The Hateful Eight it would be a re-edit of the film using additional footage that didn’t make the final cut of the already-over-two-hour cinema release. There’s no shortage of material either – the original Hollywood cut is apparently over four hours long.

So here’s a fun question: will Margot Robbie get to do some stuff like, say, speak on camera?

“No, it’s 35 unbroken minutes of this.”

As this very site has pointed out before, Robbie’s portrayal of Sharon Tate was notably largely for how mysteriously silent she was.

Now, Tarantino gets very annoyed when people point out this fact. Indeed, the first time someone did, in Cannes, he snapped “I reject your hypothesis.”

But clearly someone suggested that he might want to come up with a slightly less defensive comeback, so he told Indiewire:

“[Tate] is an angelic presence throughout the movie, she’s an angelic ghost on earth, to some degree, she’s not in the movie, she’s in our hearts.”

GOT THAT? OUR HEARTS. STOP ASKING.

Except… except that Sharon Tate wasn’t a beautiful ghost representing the death of a particular sort of Hollywood dream and America’s loss of innocence.

She was a living woman who got brutally murdered. Oh, and also a goddamn movie star. And in any case, you know, it’s not exactly cray to think that the third-billed star might have a bit more to do?

So here’s hoping that we see and hear more from Robbie (and of fellow Aussie Damon Herriman, who played Charles Manson as part of his increasingly strong US career as Dangerous On Screen Weirdo) if (when?) this finally comes to our screens.

The Story Of How Marvel Cast Simu Liu As Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu, Is A Fanboy Dream

He's a master of tweet-fu.

You know how many actors like to airily insist that no, they had no idea about this comics thing until they were cast, others – like Samuel L. Jackson, for example – are total fanboys who all but forced themselves into the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

Another such is the Canadian actor Simu Liu, who will be the lead in Marvel’s 2021’s Shang-Chi & the Legend of the Ten Rings.

So much so that he did that thing you always dreamed of and just tweeted at Marvel that hell, he should totally get the part. And then he did.

That was in December 2018. And then, the following July, he added the following comment:

And it’s a huge deal, being the first Marvel film with an Asian lead. But it’s not like Liu was some complete unknown, or that his life doesn’t already sound magical.

And damn, the man is nimble!

His family immigrated to Ontario from China when he was five and he worked as an accountant until he was sacked, at which point he thought “eh, might try acting” which worked out pretty well – roles in Fresh Off The Boat, Orphan Black and Bad Blood before becoming a star on Kim’s Convenience.

And after his tweet put him on the radar, and his manager on alert, things moved along with gathering speed. He auditioned for the role on a Sunday. He then had Kim’s Convenience shooting on Monday. And then, as he related to ET Canada,

“It’s about 6:19 p.m. Tuesday and lo and behold, I’m in my underwear eating shrimp crackers and there’s an unknown number from Burbank, California. Now I know Disney Studios is in Burbank so my heart’s thumping out of my chest and I jump and am like ‘Hello!’ and it’s the divine voice of Kevin Feige. I’ll never forget it, it’s so calm, it’s so booming. He’s like, ‘Simu, hi. We’d like you to play Shang-Chi. Also, we need you go to Comic-Con in four days.’”

If that sounds insanely quick then yes, it was. As he said on stage at said Comic-Con: “I feel like I was kind of this social experiment: let’s just take this guy, an ordinary guy, living in Toronto. Let’s tell him he’s going to be in the next Marvel movie and give him four days to prep for it.”

Mind you, given the history of people who were cast and then blabbed (or, in the tragic case of Dane Cook, auditioned to be Captain America and then blew whatever chance he had by excitedly Tweeting about it) maybe not giving him a chance to reveal spoilers was a strong idea.

Still: Marvel have their Shang-Chi, and I’m going to tweet at them about how a bearded, middle-aged Australian with zero acting ability would be a bold choice for the next Jean Grey. See you on the red carpet!

Serious Question: Why Does Every Film And TV Show Have An Architect In It?

There simply aren't that many skyscrapers, surely?

So, have you noticed that a weird amount of leading men in film and TV is an architect? Like, a really, really weird number of them? As in, far more than even the most build-from-scratch city would possibly require?

TV shows love the dude-as-architect trope, from How I Met Your Mother to Hey Dad! to Partners to One Life To Live to Bewitched.

And then teaching it to a generation of future main characters in romantic comedies.

But it’s in movies that it becomes downright jawdropping.

The AV Club noticed this trend in romantic comedies like The Lake HouseThe Last KissThree To Tango, Sleepless In Seattle, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Love Actually, Just Like HeavenIt’s Complicated(500) Days Of Summer and One Fine Day.

And that’s not even scratching the surface of architects in movies: there’s also Jungle Fever, Housesitter, Indecent Proposal, Breaking And Entering, Click, The Butterfly Effect, The Cable Guy, You Me And Dupree, Three Men and a Baby… goddamn, is every character that’s not a cop, a lawyer or a superhero sweating over a set square?

Actually, I take that back: one of the Green Lanterns was a goddamn architect.

EVEN BABIES! BABIES!

There are theories as to why this is. And they’re pretty compelling.

Cracked posited that architecture is an arts-adjacent career that still allows leading men to wear nice suits and live in fancy houses rather than pokey rented apartments, yet still be brooding and temperamental because THEY ARE ARTISTS, DO YOU PHILISTINES NOT UNDERSTAND?

Cracked’s podcast, however went further with an even more plausible explanation: Hollywood screenwriters don’t have normal jobs or really have much idea what a regular office job is like.

Note: it’s not like this.

Their own job involves sweating over a desk and then having a big high-pressure meeting upon which everything depends in which they pitch their ideas.

And that would explain why architects in movies are always doing massive projects, designing iconic skyline buildings for which they must labour endlessly and then do a big presentation to the pencil pushing stuffed shirts who just don’t understand VISION – because it’s how writers operate.

And of course, architects barely ever do massive iconic solo projects. They’re mainly in teams planning building renovations, or project managing developments, or checking up on new safety legislation, or a thousand other necessary-and-unsexy things which don’t involve big all-or-nothing pitches to rooms of besuited men.

In any case, spare a thought for all those poor architects who entered the profession inspired by film and TV expecting kooky love stories and their surname on skyscrapers and instead are fighting with council over permitted height for a carport.

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