Compiled by: Jack Foley
Q. For you, Kill Bill began in a room in a theatre in London,
A. Yeah, the Queen's Theatre. Quentin showed up in my dressing
room, after the play, and I was like, 'what the hell are you doing
Tarantino: That was literally what happened [laughs]. I
was going to, like, play it cool. But I couldn't lie, so when
she said what the hell are you doing here....
Hannah: Not 'hi, nice to see you', but 'what the hell are
you doing here'. He said he had come to see me in the play, which
thank God I didn't know, because I would have been terrified and
not given a performance, and then he told me just a little bit
about the movie and that was it until I got the script.
Q. Mr Tarantino is very much a hands-on director; not only
did he direct you during several of the most crucial and bloody
scenes, but was your make-up assistant, I believe, when you were
in the boot of the car?
A. Oh yes, we did this scene, the last day of shooting in
China, and production had decided to head to LA. Everything had
been packed up, which meant the blood had been flown back to LA
- there was no more American blood in China.
So we ended up doing this scene at the last minute, but the make-up
artist was spraying my face, and trying to keep me looking beautiful,
and Quentin would be going, like, 'more'. So she would put a couple
more droplets, and he'd go 'more', and then finally he lost patience
and picked up this great big bottle of Chinese blood, which is
very different, and poured it on top of my head. At first, I couldn't
see what I looked like, because I was in the boot of the car,
but when I got out, all you could see was the white of my eyes....
Tarantino: We didn't have time, you know... I'm not asking
for more bass, you know, I'm asking for more blood. She just got
her arm cut off, for Christ's sake! It wasn't the American blood,
or the Japanese blood, it was the Chinese blood, which means that
after you've wiped it off, it stains. I mean, she had reg pigmentation
Q. What did you take away from the experience of working in
China and how important is it to you that it is welcomed over
A. For me, it was an amazing experience. It was very exotic,
for everybody, but the fact that you got on this big travelling
circus and can be right there. We had this amazing set and everybody
knows that Quentin doesn't use CGI or anything, so everything
has to be built, which meant we had this massive set, with a real
authentic Chinese crew, and authentic Chinese food. It was just
an amazing experience and it took me right into the heart of the
exotic Asian genre that Quentin wanted to put on screen.