Samuel L Jackson Interview: The Hateful Eight

Quentin Tarantino's latest film The Hateful Eight revolves around a rugged crew of eight nasty frontier folk including, criminals, bounty hunters and lawmen. Set in post-Civil War Wyoming, they find themselves stranded in a vicious blizzard, seeking shelter in the same mountain pass lodge.

Samuel L. Jackson plays Major Marquis Warren, a former Union officer living in the rugged mountains of Wyoming. Kurt Russell is John Ruth, a bounty hunter en route to Red Rock with a murderous woman in his charge. Jennifer Jason Leigh plays said murderous female prisoner, Daisy Domergue, and by all accounts, this woman is a piece of work. Michael Madsen shows up as rough around the edges cowboy, Joe Gage; Tim Roth as Oswaldo Mobray, an Englishman who is also the new hangman of Red Rock; and Walton Goggins may or may not be a Southern sheriff named Chris Mannix. Rounding out this rogue gallery are Bruce Dern as General Sanford Smithers; a former Confederate officer, and Demian Bichir as Bob; a Mexican man who oversees the lodge called Minnie’s while the owner is absent—there’s got to be more to his story than just that.

Quentin Tarantino with the cast of The Hateful Eight

Quentin Tarantino with the cast of The Hateful Eight

The Hateful Eight was shot on 70mm and used an ultra wide aspect ratio, giving the movie a real old timey movie feel.

I spoke with Samuel L. Jackson, who has starred in six of Tarantino’s films about working with “the master” again and what kind of special bond was formed with the cast.