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Was Rick Dalton (di Caprio's character) inspired by Clint Eastwood?


I don't know much about Clint's early career, but I do know that he a)was the star of a Western TV show ("Rawhide"), and b)later starred in some spaghetti westerns, two things that he has in common with Rick Dalton. Coincidence? Inspiration? Homage?

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I don't think so.

Clint Eastwood kind of rose to stardom starting with those Spaghetti Westerns, which were some of best of the genre. Dalton on the other hand was a TV star who's career was on the decline, and the quality of the movies he was making were much lower. At least that's the impression I got.

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According to one source, Burt Reynolds.

https://www.purewow.com/news/once-upon-a-time-in-hollywood-burt-reynolds-character

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Makes sense I guess. Thanks!

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Burt Reynolds and Steve McQueen also

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Steve McQueen? How so? His career arc was nothing at all like Dalton's.

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Steve McQueen was supposed to be at Sharon Tate's house the night of the Manson murders, but he went on a date with a girl he had met instead. I think the idea of McQueen with his tough-guy image, facing the Manson Family, was probably the initial spark that set this whole story off in Tarantino's imagination.

McQueen also played a bounty hunter in Wanted, Dead or Alive. He never made any spaghetti westerns, though.

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They both starred in a TV western ( like Burt Reynolds and Clint Eastwood) and then to movies.

Certainly an inspiration, for QT put McQueen in the movie!

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