The 1990s, which famously included some of the most significant blockbuster moments in recent cinematic history, proved to be a decade which provided a chance for a wide range of indie directors to make their name. One of the most legendary, it has to be said, was Quentin Tarantino, and he made his name with one Reservoir Dogs in 1991.
However, while Tarantino was elbowing his way into the film industry with his deeply skilled ability to combine humour and brutality with his intricate plots, there was one actor far more prolific in ‘Indiewood, and that was Steve Buscemi. Here, we look back at a video of the pair workshopping Mr Pink, Buscemi’s character in Reservoir Dogs.
A fruitful decade for cinema, both leading members of the below clip played vital roles in its development. Tarantino would become the poster boy for the indie cinema movement while Buscemi was deemed by Roger Ebert as “the house act of American independent films.”
It’s not too far off the mark, either. Buscemi starred in Rockwell’s In The Soup, DiCillo’s Living In Oblivion, the iconic Fargo and, of course, the Coen brothers’ The Big Lebowski. However, Buscemi would prove to be a chameleon of sorts with 1996 effort Tree Lounge when he jumped behind the camera to direct his own feature film, and it’s most certainly one of the better independent films of the decade. Perhaps even learning a little something from Tarantino himself.
During the decade, Tarantino would go on to direct a host of impressive films, Jackie Brown, Pulp Fiction and other fan favourites asserting themselves in the director’s rich canon. That said, his appearance in those films as an actor has always been just as entertaining. His work as Mr Brown in the opening act of Reservoir Dogs is truly a magic moment of cinema, considering it is his first feature film he handles both directing and acting with aplomb.
On that sentiment, that is precisely where we find our two stars, Tarantino and Steve Buscemi, working on their respective diamond-heist villains, Mr Brown and Mr Pink. During the video, they get to grips with the characters, and you can feel Tarantino leading Buscemi down the path – ever the director.
See the clip, below.