Quentin Tarantino says he stopped driving the Pussy Wagon from ‘Kill Bill’ because too many people would recognize him

A picture of Quentin Tarantino and the Pussy Wagon from 'Kill Bill.'
Quentin Tarantino and the Pussy Wagon from ‘Kill Bill.’ Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP/Miramax Films
  • Quentin Tarantino owns the famous Pussy Wagon from Kill Bill.
  • But the director told Deadline that he’s stopping driving the car because it’s too recognizable.
  • “People would drive alongside me and try to talk to me,” he said.
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Quentin Tarantino is no longer driving around in the famous Pussy Wagon from “Kill Bill.”

The 58-year-old director told Deadline earlier this week that he has had to park the bright-yellow Chevrolet with blood-red detailing because it was too recognizable on the road.

“The thing about the Pussy Wagon is, whenever I drove it on the freeway, everyone recognized it’s me,” he told Deadline. “Everyone recognized the Pussy Wagon. And then it would be a chain because people would drive alongside me and try to talk to me.”

Tarantino, who became a father last year with his wife Daniella Pick, also said that he will not be driving his son around in the Pussy Wagon.

“It’s not a good ride for that,” he said. “It’s cool and it’s fun every once in a while to take it out for a Sunday drive. But I wouldn’t run errands in it.”

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Lady Gaga and Beyoncé with the Pussy Wagon. Lady Gaga/YouTube

The Pussy Wagon serves as the first getaway vehicle for Uma Thurman’s character The Bride in “Kill Bill: Vol 1.” And just like the film, the car – which has the name “Pussy Wagon” etched on its rear – has maintained cult status over the years.

Lady Gaga and Beyoncé used the car as the set-piece in the music video for their 2010 collaboration “Telephone.” In the video, the pair embark on a “Kill Bill” inspired revenge-killing spree.

Tarantino, who is currently on a long press tour in support of his “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” novelization, also discussed his views on the current state of cinema and how theatrical presentation might perform post-pandemic.

“We made ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,’ an original movie, not franchise-based or anything like that. We spent $US95 ($AU129) million on it, and it played all around the world, and it made something like $US346 ($AU470) million. And we made it all through asses in seats,” he told Deadline.

“All of that entire figure had nothing to do with ancillary or streaming or DVD sales. It had to do with people, who could do anything in the world they wanted to do that night, leaving the house, going to a movie theater and buying a ticket.”

He concluded: “I know you couldn’t do that right now, that couldn’t be done today. To make that much just in ticket sales? That’s not a reality today. It might be a reality at another time, but it’s definitely not today, not $US300 ($AU408) million for a movie like that, only by asses in seats. No. That’s old-world thinking.”