But would I do what Chili does with like confronting evil at the level he does? I dont know if I could. Hes a cinematic character. Hes willing to be fearless, literally. So I dont know. I certainly like him. I love watching him. Hes fun to watch, but hes purely cinematic. Hes like James Bond. Hes like Sean Connery in James Bond. And I loved James Bond and I loved Sean Connery. But I dont know how much Sean Connery is like James Bond. So its a very interesting question. I dont know where to go with it.
Dancing With Uma Thurman: I decided that I wanted to dance but only with a caveat of what would be the correct dance for the character. And, for me, the correct dance was something very cool, very low key, a Samba, Bossa Nova, Cha-Cha, you know, a Brazilian sound. Like maybe Jobim, Stan Getz, Sergio Mendez, you know, something very cool and low key like James Bond. So I thought if they agree to that - and at first they wouldnt agree to that. And I said, Well, then I dont really want to dance. And then they found a song that the Black Eyed Peas wrote with Sergio Mendez. So suddenly my idea was very hip (laughing). I just trust classic stuff and its always old is new again. But when the Black Eyed Peas did this, it turned it all around. Then they suddenly thought I was a genius for thinking of such a great idea. And then we got a choreographer.
I just trust Uma and I to dance in character because, if you look at Pulp Fiction, we were dancing higher than a kite and people that were hell bent for death. And in this movie, were dancing for life. Do you know what I mean? So two different ideas. That was novelty dancing. This was more traditional dancing. So I just trusted that shes a great actress and that we would dance in character.
The Lengthy Period Between Get Shorty and Be Cool: The reason it took as long as it did was Elmore Leonard was quite inspired by the movie. He wrote the book, of course, Get Shorty, and they adapted that. But because of the movie, he decided that he wanted to a sequel book called Be Cool. So it took him several years to do that. And when that was done, then the bright idea of doing a movie from that happened. So it was really Elmores timing on that.
I dont think I wouldve ever wanted to do a sequel arbitrarily. You have to have a good reason to do one. And Dutch is a good enough reason for me. Hes a smart and clever writer. I caught on when he caught on.
The Secret to Playing Chili Palmer: Well, hes kind of an American version of James Bond in a way - street James Bond. Cool is an interpretive thing but I think in the case of Chili being cool, is that hes fearless. Hes smart. Smart enough to handle any given situation and perceptive enough to handle a more sensitive situation. So hes cool in that hes got it made.
We put him in these situations where he can be the ultimate non-responder or the ultimate clever mover. So when we have a set up like that, as long as youre convinced of how to portray it, its quite fun. And its funny you say that because Dustin Hoffman and Sean Connery are completely fascinated with this character. And Dustin in particular was like, Well, whats the secret? What do you do? And my answer to that was, Dont forget Chili loves movies. And he loves iconic figures in movies. In other words, hes a complete romantic about music, about movies, about the arts. Even though hes this tough shylock maybe hit man type guy, hes also fascinated with the arts. So youve got a guy who might have illusions of what Cary Grant might do in a situation, or what James Bond might do. Hes set up to be the ultimate cinematic character within a cinematic concept.