This week Quentin Tarantino, our beloved nerd saint of ‘bad-ass mother fuckin’ movies’ was the recipient of a torrent of abuse and affection from fellow celebrities at the annual ribbing and honouring of a Hollywood star that is the Friars Club roast. The dude has enough strange quirks and fascinations to make him a very easy target for the venerable roast. I’m honestly surprised he wasn’t lampooned before The Roasts of Bob Saget, Pamela Anderson, William Shatner and David Hasselhoff.
Tarantino got ripped to shreds by the likes of friends Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Eli Roth and Edgar Wright as well as more traditional roast participants like Jeffrey Ross, Sarah Silverman, Kathy Griffin and Richard Beltzer just to name a select few. Sadly, the event will not air on television for some time (unconfirmed date), but here’s a list of some of the best joke sand highlights to hold you over.
1. Samuel L. Jackson was the roastmaster (of course) and he thanked Tarantino for casting him in ‘Pulp Fiction’ and giving him the career he has today — but that was after he called him a “walking Spaghetti Western” and commented that he should be introduced as “Quentin Super Fly Tarantino Presley.”
2. Tarantino’s drug use became fodder in the hands of Sarah Silverman who quipped that Tarantino turning down a directing job on ‘Speed’ was the first time he turned down speed.
3. Comedy writer Jeff Ross took a few shots at Tarantino’s penchant for homage, saying that “Tarantino” is the Italian word for plagiarism and that he “…already roasted better versions of [him] so …You’re like Martin Scoresoso.”
Comedian Whitney Cummings got Eli Roth back with this one:
All your movies are about torture. If you’re so into people getting tortured on camera, you should make a movie about people watching your movies.
5. The main event of the roast (which Filmdrunk has recounted in great detail) was Uma Thurman who, after telling a few horror tales about the infamously chaotic ‘Kill Bill‘ set, filled her shoe with wine and made Tarantino drink it, which was a nice little jab at the director’s not-too-hidden foot fetish. She also offered up this little doozy …
“Throughout our long and glorious – and inglourious – relationship, we’ve had our ups and downs, but for now I’ll just focus on Kill Bill. Deep in the desert, late one night around four am, for once my phone accidentally went off [during a take]. And Quentin screamed, as he does, ‘Whose phone is that!? Whoever’s phone that is is dead!’ And I said, from the dirt pile I was half buried under, ‘That was my phone, actually, so leave the crew alone.’ And he said ‘You let your phone go off one more time and I’ll make you regret the day you ever started acting!’ And I screamed back, ‘That happened a long time ago, motherf**ker!”
6. Tarantino’s reply comments ended the event as he quipped about the lineup before him by saying the Friars seemed to be trying something new. “The no-comedian thing is kind of interesting,” he said.
He also highlighted that Jackson was at a disadvantage at the event, because “I wasn’t writing his dialogue for him.”
Other presenters of the evening included Harvey Keitel, Bret Ratner, Kathy Griffin, Richard Belzer, Whitney Cummings and ‘Shaun of the Dead’ director Edgar Wright. Non-speaking attendees included Howard Stern, Joe Frazier, Anna Kendrick, Chazz Palminteri, Harry Belafonte, Bob and Harvey Weinstein, Eli Wallach, Neve Campbell, Steve Buscemi, Rosario Dawson, Patricia Arquette, Cheech Marin, Dick Cavett and Jow Pantoliano, an eclectic mix of people if there ever was one, a perfect representation of Tarantino’s ability to mix classy filmmaking and sleazy schlock and to appeal to refined cineastes as well as teenage boys looking for a cheap thrill.