‘Django Unchained’ Is ‘Old School’ Tarantino, Says FX Artist Greg Nicotero

Just about all we need to know about a new Quentin Tarantino movie to be interested is the fact that he is making a new movie. With “Django Unchained,” the latest project in question, we have been completely sold ever since the cast and plot synopsis were announced.

Part of what have made Tarantino’s scripts so memorable in the past is the way the director handles violence: he doesn’t shy away from it. Whether he’s removing Nazi scalps or squishing eyeballs between toes, Taratino has made violence his own with the help of veteran makeup and special effects artist Greg Nicotero.

MTV News recently caught up with Nicotero, who worked with Tarantino on “Pulp Fiction,” both “Kill Bill” films and “Inglourious Basterds,” and the legend shared some insight into what we can expect from the auteur this time around.

During the interview, Nicotero recalled his reaction after reading from the script of Taratino’s debut, “Reservoir Dogs,” for the first time. “I’m reading the opening scene, they’re in the diner talking about Madonna, I remember looking at the guys I was working with and going ’I’ve never read anything like this in my life,'” he said.

“Reading Quentin Tarantino’s scripts, they take you places no one else’s scripts ever take you,” Nicotero told us during the TCA presentation of “The Walking Dead,” for which he works as co-executive producer and effects supervisor. “I’ve had the good fortune of working on all his movies, I was in Berlin on ’Inglourious Basterds’ for four months, ’Pulp Fiction,'” Nicotero said. “I got to stab Uma Thurman in the chest with the hypodermic needle, I got to blow Marvin’s head off, so we’re in the trenches again.”

Now work has begun on “Django Unchained, and for Nicetero, it has everything he loves about Tarantino.”I love the script for ’Django,’ I think it’s great,” he said. “Jaimie Foxx and Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio, Kurt Russell, Kerry Washington, it’s what I love about Quentin is that he is and will forever be an old school filmmaker.”

Even if the “old school” ways don’t mean too much work for the effects team, Nicotero appreciates Tarantino’s style. “There are not a lot of special effects. It’s all about his actors and it’s so cinematic for him. We don’t shoot anything digital, he uses film, one camera, we don’t have five cameras shooting. That’s it,” he said. “It’s inspiring. It’s inspiring to think about the fact that that’s how movies were made for years and years and years, and I’m not saying that digital technology doesn’t have its positives, but I love that Quentin is old school.”

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