In 1997, Quentin Tarantino adapted Elmore Leonard's novel, Rum Punch for the screen and introduced us to Samuel L. Jackson's Ordell Robbie and Robert De Niro's Louis Gara in the crime drama Jackie Brown. Tomorrow you can find out what Ordell and Louis were up to before they met Jackie and Melanie, in the film Life of Crime. The film is based on Leonard's novel, The Switch, and stars Jennifer Aniston, Tim Robbins, John Hawkes as Louis and Yasiin Bey as Ordell.
In an interview with the writer/director, Daniel Schecter, he talks about how excited he was to work on this story, knowing his characters Ordell and Louis would eventually age and become the Ordell and Louis in Jackie Brown's world.
There's a scene at the end [of Jackie Brown] where Jackson says to De Niro, "What happened to you? You used to be beautiful." And it would be cool if Hawkes's performance could inform that line - you could see what a spark that guy had when he was younger, and how capable he was, and he got kinda burnt out. So I'd like to believe that's something that could be contributed to that film.
Jackie Brown is one of my favorite films of all time. I'd be lying if I said one of the most appealing aspects of [Life Of Crime] wasn't just to play with those two characters. So it was a treat and an honor and a terrifying aspect of it, but as a film nerd, I was like a fanboy for this movie from the jump.
So fans, before you rush out to see the young Ordell and Louis, take another look at Jackson and De Niro in the aforementioned scene from the Oscar nominated Jackie Brown.
Life of Crime opens in select theaters & On Demand tomorrow, 8/29. Visit the official website for more information.