In a video chat with Vanity Fair, Quentin Tarantino and Leonardo DiCaprio break down the character Rick Dalton from Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. In addition to revealing that Dalton was partially inspired by real-life Western actor Pete Duel (who died by suicide in 1971), the character is clinically bipolar.
Check out the interview in its entirety embedded at the top of the article. You can check out the synopsis for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood below.
Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore. The ninth film from the writer-director features a large ensemble cast and multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age.
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