Jimmy Kimmel said his staffers were too scared of Quentin Tarantino to eat popcorn when they watched 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' with him

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Jimmy Kimmel said his staffers were so scared of upsetting the notoriously intimidating director Quentin Tarantino during a preview of his latest movie that they didn’t even eat popcorn.

Tarantino appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Monday night to talk about “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” which stars, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie in a fictionalized version of 1960s Hollywood.

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Kimmel said that while Tarantino had been generous enough to show him and his staff members a sneak preview of the film before the talk show aired, some were so worried about incurring the wrath of Tarantino – who was watching the film with them – that they dared not eat any popcorn during the screening.

Kimmel recalled that during the premiere for “Kill Bill: Volume 1” in 2003, Tarantino waited in the lobby to see if he left during the movie. So when he found out that Tarantino was sitting behind him during the screening of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” he said he thought, “Oh God, I can’t go to the bathroom now.”

“Everyone’s nervous – no one wanted to turn around to see if you were still there,” he added.

“People stopped eating popcorn, because they were worried you might get offended that they were eating during the movie,” Kimmel said. “As if that makes any sense at all!”

But apparently the fears were unwarranted, as Tarantino agreed: “It doesn’t make any sense!”

The director even said that Kimmel probably heard him “laughing the loudest at the most inappropriate moments.”

You can watch the exchange below:


The maverick director is as well known for his passion for cinema as he is for his acerbic comments, from his infamous “I’m shutting your butt down” interview with the UK’s Channel 4 in 2013 to a recent press conference where he bluntly told a reporter, “I reject your hypothesis.”

Tarantino’s sets are said to be equally intimidating places to work. Timothy Olyphant, who stars in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” recently said on Rich Eisen’s radio show that the director would fire anyone who used a mobile phone on set.

“Mobile phone? Out. Done. No warning. Nothing. You’re going home,” he said. He also recalled seeing one man sprinting away after his phone went off in the vicinity of the demanding director.

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is in theatres Friday.

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