There’s a very real possibility that Kurt Russell’s character in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is Stuntman Mike from Death Proof. In the age of multiverses and shared cinematic universes, it’s hardly unprecedented for characters to cross over into other films – something Tarantino’s been doing since Reservoir Dogs.
In 2007, Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez released a double feature throwback to grindhouse pictures of the 1970s aptly titled Grindhouse. Rodriguez’s no-holds-barred zombie film Planet Terror opens up the twofer, and after a series of fake movie trailers from directors like Rob Zombie and Edgar Wright, Tarantino’s Death Proof is the second and final film. It centers around a Hollywood stuntman-turned-killer named Stuntman Mike (Kurt Russell) whose weapons of choice are a 1971 Chevy Nova and a 1969 Dodge Charger. Giving new meaning to road rage, Stuntman Mike proves his talent behind the wheel of a car in Death Proof, but his Hollywood connections make it very possible he might have some kind of role to play in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood… read more >