October 1, 2017
Tim Roth has collaborated with Quentin Tarantino for as long as Tarantino’s been making movies, but that very nearly wasn’t the case. The star of “Reservoir Dogs,” “Pulp Fiction,” and “The Hateful Eight” explains on “Entertainment Weekly: The Show” that he initially refused to audition because he’s “crap” at reading for roles. How did they solve this problem? By getting drunk.
“Within 20 pages, I was going, ‘Oh, I want to be in this,’” Roth says of his first impression of the screenplay. “It’s so beautifully written. It’s so keenly and intelligently written, and it’s also very funny.” However, after meeting with Tarantino and Harvey Keitel, who starred in and co-produced “Reservoir Dogs,” Roth still wasn’t into the idea of auditioning.
Keitel left, and Roth and Tarantino went to a bar; on the way back to Roth’s apartment, they stopped at a liquor store for more booze — “and proceeded to read the entire script… every part in it about 10 times because we were hammered by then. And that’s how I got the job.” Watch his full interview below.
Source: IndieWire film