Quentin Tarantino calls “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” his love letter to Los Angeles of 1969, but it is more than that for the veteran director. The film is a way to reconnect with his own past, by revisiting the town he grew up in and the places he used to hang out.
It is just like leafing through the pages of an old personal family album, says Rick Schuler, supervising location manager of the Hollywood movie, which is set in 1969 and revolves around aging star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt).
“Bringing Tarantino’s vision of Hollywood circa 1969 back to life was essentially to get to know the man himself and the town where he was raised. The experience was like leafing through the pages of an old personal family album. A number of the locations were restaurants that Quentin frequented while growing up in Hollywood (he still eats at them periodically to this day) as well as areas of the city that he remembered seeing from the back seat of his parents” car as they drove around,” Schuler told IANS in an exclusive interview.