Quote of the Week

Reservoir Dogs was dedicated in part to Lionel White, the hardboiled pulp novelist who wrote the source material for The Killing, among other film noir. Another member of this film’s production also linked to Reservoir Dogs is the actor Timothy Carey who played the sniper in The Killing. At 6’4” Timothy Carey was made to lurk and menace in the background but he was too kinetic to stay there. He was passed over for several big film roles (including Reservoir Dogs) because he had a reputation for being unpredictable and physically intimidating. Tarantino gave the role to Timothy Carey’s friend Lawrence Tierney, another brutish character actor.

Actors, particularly grizzled veterans of B-movies, have a special sway over Tarantino. As a rabid movie buff, his imagination is excited by the gruff, violent men who almost seem subhuman. Cretinous demeanors suggesting amorality are the stuff of Tarantino’s charm over an audience.

The Killing promo still

 

 

2 responses to “Quote of the Week

  1. the way TC looked during this time, so skinny, sickly, like in ECHO PARK, I’m very glad it went to LT, who was way more menacing. I heard that LT was supposed to be FLO in bookie, but for that, I’m glad it was TC, because while he’s big and tough, he’s moe vulnerable than LT. but as far as DOGS, also, father and son… the late, forgotten Chris Penn looked more like LT’s kiddo.

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