‘I’m the biggest Chris Pine fan’: Quentin Tarantino explains why DC star is his favourite actor

Quentin Tarantino has revealed who he thinks is the best young actor working in Hollywood today – and it’s someone who has never starred in any of his films.

During an appearance on The Ringer‘s podcast The Rewatchables, the director – who this week picked up his third Best Director Oscar nomination, for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – elected to discuss the 2010 film Unstoppable at length.

Unstoppable, the Tony Scott thriller about a runaway freight train, stars Denzel Washington and Chris Pine, whom Tarantino cited as his favourite young actor. 

“I think one of the things that’s exciting about the movie is I am a huge Chris Pine fan,” he said. “Now, to me, of the actors of his age, he’s hands down my favourite  – of that group, of that era, of those guys.”

He says that while he enjoyed his performance in 2009’s Star Trek, it wasn’t until Unstoppable that he became “a movie star” in the director’s eyes.

“I think a case can be made that Pine hasn’t taken the next big leap from Unstoppable,” the director argued. “Frankly, to tell you the truth, he’s been good in other movies [but] he hasn’t had that.”

When host Bill Simmons joked that Pine is “waiting” for Tarantino to write him a part, the director said: “I’m the biggest fan of him so if I had the right part, I would – I’d like to.”

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood picked up 10 Oscar nominations earlier this week. Other films in contention for trophies include Joker, which leads this year’s pack with 11 nominations, and The Irishman and 1917, which have 10 each.

Brad Pitt is favourite to pick up the Best Supporting Actor trophy for his role of Cliff Booth in Tarantino’s most recent film.

Find the full list of nominations here.

Last year, Tarantino revealed a rather surprising choice for his favourite film of 2019.

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