'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' actor Timothy Olyphant says Quentin Tarantino will fire anyone who uses a phone on set

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  • Quentin Tarantino operates a strict no-phone policy when filming, according to an actor.
  • Speaking on Rich Eisen’s radio show, the “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” star Timothy Olyphant said the director would fire anyone for using a mobile phone on set.
  • The actor said cast and crew members had a booth outside where their phones were kept.
  • He said the policy was meant to create a working environment with no outside distractions.
  • Olyphant described someone running off down the street after the person’s phone went off on set.
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Quentin Tarantino likes to keep the distractions of the 21st century away from his set.

Timothy Olyphant, who stars alongside Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio in Tarantino’s latest project, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” told Rich Eisen’s radio show that the director operated a strict no-mobile phone policy on set.

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If you decide to flout this golden rule, then the consequences could be severe, Olyphant warned.

“Quentin’s got no mobile phones allowed on set,” Olyphant said.

“None. You’re fired. Mobile phone out? Done. No warning, nothing, you’re going home.

“I’m not telling tales,” he said.

Once upon a time in hollywoodAndrew Cooper/Columbia PicturesBrad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio star in ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.’

Olyphant added that if crew members or the cast wanted to take a phone call, there were special booths outside where their phones were kept.

“If you needed to make a phone call, you go out onto the street and you make a phone call,” he said.

Tarantino’s policy isn’t meant to avoid spoilers being leaked from the set, though, Olyphant said, but rather to create an atmosphere in which no one is distracted by the outside world.

“I think it’s about creating an environment where, while we’re all here, making this thing, that’s what we’re all going to do,” he said.

“We’re not going to be over there doing some other thing, Instagramming, or working on your next script, or talking to your agent. No. We’re here, and this is what we’re doing.”

The actor said the policy was actually a blessing, calling it “one of the greatest gifts that he gives the entire crew.”

Olyphant also said he was there one day when someone’s phone went off on the set: “Oh man it was scary.”

“Somebody just took off running!” he said.

“It was wonderful.”

Watch Olyphant tell the story below:

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” has a July 26 release date in the US and looks at the late 1960s in Hollywood, as its golden age is coming to an end and the US is losing its peace-and-love innocence.

Watch the teaser trailer here.

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