Forget about Zack Snyder’s Justice League! If you thought a 4-hour director’s cut was excessive, that film has nothing on the alleged amount of footage that didn’t make Quentin Tarantino’s ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD. According to Margot Robbie, who played Sharon Tate in the film, there is a 20-hour cut of the film that exists somewhere in his vault.
During a chat with “Variety“, Robbie was asked about the possibility of DC Comics fans ever getting to see the Suicide Squad Ayer Cut. This version of the film reportedly contains more footage of Robbie’s Harley Quinn interacting with Jared Leto’s Joker. Instead of commenting on the Ayer Cut, Robbie decided to tease fans with the idea of a much longer cut of Tarantino’s opus to all things Hollywood. This story did break on April Fool’s Day, and she could be exaggerating about the length, but there have been numerous reports after the film’s release that Tarantino did cut a lot from the film and a lot of great footage didn’t make it into the final cut. Here is what Robbie had to say:
“There’s a 20-hour cut of Once Upon a Time in…Hollywood that would…there’s so much more that you didn’t get to see, that we shot that was amazing, and for a million reasons obviously, can’t make the cut.”
Robbie didn’t go into detail about what the footage was or if it would see the light of day but Tarantino has confirmed in the past that there is a lot of extra footage from the film that could see the light of day via Netflix. He has expressed interest in cutting Once Upon a Time in Hollywood into several episodes utilizing never-before-seen footage that would turn the story into an all-new experience. Tarantino did the very same thing with The Hateful Eight which was turned into a streaming miniseries for Netflix.
I suspect there was a lot of stuff cut from Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and I have a strong feeling that there is much more of Robbie as Sharon Tate in some of that footage. Robbie’s Tate exists on the peripheral of the main story but a part of me thinks she may have had more exposure before certain cuts were made. One criticism of the film from some critics is that Robbie didn’t have enough to do in the film but perhaps that cut footage features more of her performance.
Would YOU want to see a director’s cut of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood?