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Tarantino: “There’s Something Special About Ringo”

WarsWho doesn’t love Ringo Starr? Nobody we know. Even if you don’t like classic rock or the Beatles, you can’t help but crack a smile at an appearance by the vertically challenged drummer with the generous proboscis, thick Liverpudlian accent and sly sense of humor.

Quentin Tarantino, who has made a career out of giving new polish to faded stars, recently told the Liverpool Echo that he’d like to cast Ringo in one of his films.

Saying that he mimicked Ringo’s accent when he was cast as a Brit in a high school play, Tarantino said, “There’s always been something special about Ringo…I always thought he had the best stage presence out of the band.”

Of course, it’s not as if Ringo lacks acting experience. He was the one who stole our hearts in the Beatles’ first film A Hard Days Night (1964), especially in the scene set to the song “That Boy,” where he deals with a bout of sadness by walking the streets of London.

And after the band broke up, he planned to make a career in films. Some of his best roles:

Caveman (1981)—Ringo had his one starring role in this delightfully silly prehistoric comedy as Atouk, a caveman who becomes the head of a misfit tribe and discovers that it’s better to be smart than strong.

The Magic Christian (1969)—Adopted in the opening scene by the incredibly rich Guy Grand (Peter Sellers), Ringo helps his new Dad prove that people will do anything—anything—for money in this over-the-top satire.

That’ll Be the Day (1973)—Ringo impressed critics with his straight role in this nostalgic British film about kids growing up in the 1950s.

Blindman (1971)—I’m willing to bet that Tarantino has a copy of this obscure spaghetti Western (inspired by the Japanese Zatoichi films) in his video collection. Ringo plays a Mexican villain named Candy, probably in tribute to the Mexican gardener he played three years earlier in the all-star sex spoof Candy.

Most of Ringo’s movie roles were guest or cameo appearances in oddball projects, like Mae West’s ill-advised (to put it mildly) comeback film Sextette (1977), or as the Pope in Ken Russell’s berserk Lisztomania (1975), or as Frank Zappa in Zappa’s incomprehensible 200 Motels (1971). So the notion of a Tarantino-Starr collaboration looks like good news indeed!

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