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MICHAEL RECHTSHAFFEN, Special to QMI Agency
Ellen Burstyn and Kathleen Turner. (WENN.COM)

Ellen Burstyn and Kathleen Turner. (WENN.COM)

An open letter to Quentin Tarantino.

Dear Mr. Tarantino,

Is it OK if we call you Quentin? How about Q? At any rate, Q-Man, we realize you're busy putting the finishing touches on your latest masterpiece, Django Unchained, the western that doesn't hit theatres until Christmas but which was given a seven-minute sneak preview in Cannes.

That's the movie that stars Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz, along with your usual cast of thousands, including blasts from the past, Bruce Dern, Don Johnson and Franco Nero.

And that's the point we're getting at, Mr. T.

Over the course of your directorial career, you've revived the once-thriving careers of many a fine actor -- people such as Pam Grier and Robert Forster in Jackie Brown or the late David Carradine in the Kill Bill movies, and, most famously, John Travolta in Pulp Fiction.

Let's face it, if you hadn't come around and offered him the role of Vincent Vega when you did, the former box-office threat was looking at a future of Look Who's Talking sequels and Welcome Back Kotter reunions.

So the deal is, when you start thinking about casting your next production, which, we hear, may or may not be Kill Bill: Vol. 3, we hope you consider a group of worthy contenders who have similarly slipped in stature in recent years but still have the chops.

For starters, how about David Keith and/or Keith David?

The former, most recently seen on revivals of Hawaii Five-O and Nikita, was a big deal back in the '80s, with movies such as An Officer and A Gentleman and The Lords of Discipline to his credit, along with a pair of Golden Globes nominations.

The latter has also been marking time on Hawaii Five-O, as well as in a bunch of mainly forgettable movies -- a far cry from the days of Platoon and Bird and playing Tiger Woods' dad in a 1998 Showtime special for which he was nominated for a Daytime Emmy.

So, whaddya think?

Or how about Oscar winner (for 1974's Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore) Ellen Burstyn, for crying out loud?

Darren Aronofsky sort of rediscovered Burstyn, himself, when he cast her in Requiem for a Dream, but that was over a decade ago and there's no question that she can still bring it.

So can Yaphet Kotto, who was terrific in Alien and Brubaker, but his most recent credit was in the lame Larry the Cable Guy comedy, Witless Protection, in which he played a parody of his memorable Agent Alonzo Mosely character from Midnight Run.

And what say (cue those duelling Deliverance banjos) Ned Beatty, once dubbed the busiest actor in Hollywood, but who has more recently been mainly heard and not seen in a bunch of animated movies?

Or, Kathleen Turner, who hasn't had a decent big-screen role in ages.

Or Valeria Golino.

Now there's a name you haven't heard for a while, but she definitely made folks pay attention in films such as Rain Man, Hot Shots! (one and deux) and Big Top Pee-wee (Gina Piccolapupula, people!).

Just a few decent careers worth considering resurrecting while you're in the editing room linking together Django.

All best,

Michael Rechtshaffen

 


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