Chris Pine is Quentin Tarantino’s ‘favorite Chris’ & Pine loves QT as well

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Chris Pine is my favorite Chris and it’s not even close! I think Chris Hemsworth is a meathead, I think Chris Pratt is not-so-secretly MAGA, and I think Chris Evans is just… I don’t know, he doesn’t do it for me. Chris Pine does it for me! Chris Pine also does it for Quentin Tarantino, surprisingly. QT name-checked Pine as “hands down, my favorite” actor of his generation during a podcast early this year. Not only that, but QT is a huge fan of Pine’s grandmother, actress and scream queen Anne Gwynne. I tend to forget that Pine is actually a third-generation Hollywood guy, but here we are. Pine talked about his Tarantino connection and his grandma in the new Things Are Going Great for Me podcast.

Quentin Tarantino called Chris Pine “hands down, my favorite” actor of his generation, lobbing the compliment during an appearance on The Ringer’s Rewatchables podcast in January. He didn’t stop there. The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood auteur got specific by saying he loved Pine’s work as Captain Kirk in the Star Trek franchise and in Unstoppable for Tony Scott. Of the latter, he said, “He’s filmed like a movie star and he looks it. He soaks in those colors, that lighting, those costumes. He completely holds his own against Denzel [Washington]. That’s what he needed to make himself a movie star.”

At the time, Quentin Tarantino’s Chris Pine love helped fuel anticipation of a possible collaboration between the two, though a once-planned Star Trek outing for Tarantino no longer seems an option. However, on a new podcast, Pine keeps the hope for a pairing alive by saying he’d love to work with Tarantino someday. And fans of Tarantino’s latest will perk up upon hearing Pine detail the night he met Tarantino and how it led to spotting his grandmother — legendary model turned actress turned scream queen Anne Gwynne — in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Speaking to comedian and actor J. Claude Deering on the inaugural episode of his “Things Are Going Great for Me” podcast, Pine calls Tarantino “a very cool dude,” then recalls their encounter one night during a Vanity Fair Oscar party. Though he doesn’t mention the date, the two both attended the 2010 party hosted by then-editor-in-chief Graydon Carter.

“I’ve been to the Academy Awards a couple of times and I always take my mom and we have a great old time and laugh a bunch and she holds all the Power Bars,” Pine recounts of his big night out. “We ended up at this great … Vanity Fair party that they always [had] at the Sunset Tower, which is one of my favorite spots, just because it feels so old-school, so old Hollywood. It has a romance to it that I think, unfortunately, we’ve kind of lost.”

At some point during the party, Pine introduced his mother to Tarantino, famous for his encyclopedic knowledge of film, and found out the director “knows everything about my grandmother. He knows film names, co-stars, directors, production designers, just unbelievable. So [he and my mother] ended up talking for about 40 minutes and I went off and got another martini.”

Years later, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood comes out, and “I love it,” Pine says. “I call my folks and ask them if they’d seen it. They saw it, loved it, and my mom says, ‘You know, that scene at the ranch [with Bruce Dern] and there’s a TV on?’ I said, ‘Yeah, I vaguely kind of remember this.’ But she said, ‘On the television is one of my mother’s films.’ So, I have yet to get in touch with him, and my mother actually wrote me up an email that I was going to forward to him. Obviously, it’s so sweet of him and I’m assuming that was done on purpose. … My mother was ecstatic, just over the moon.”

[From THR]

I would honestly love to see Chris Pine take on a dialogue-heavy Tarantino role, and not just because Pine has a great voice. I just think it would be interesting, and I kind of love that Tarantino has a favorite in the Chris Wars. That’s so cool about QT and Pine’s mother talking endlessly at a Vanity Fair party, and that QT of course knew everything about his grandmother’s life and career, and that he included one of her films in OUATIH. Damn it, now I really wish QT and Pine would collab.

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  1. AppleTartin says:

    I’m constantly in a love triangle with Chris Pine and Chris Evans. How will I ever decide!

  2. Snuffles says:

    Chris Evans is the best Chris! But Pine is a close second.

    • LP says:

      Personally, Evan’s smiley posing with those GOP politicians last year was a boner killer, even though I get why he did that photo op and it’s not the end of the world. Then Pine went out in a Ruth Bader Ginsberg muscle tank and the boner was restored, ya know? LOL!

  3. Eugh says:

    My best Chris, also so handsome in person!

  4. Lucy says:

    I so agree with QT, beyond the hotness (obvs). I do like the other Chrises, but Pine just has that *something* that, in my opinion, makes him stand out in a sea of handsome blond-haired actors. “He’s filmed like a movie star and he looks it. He soaks in those colors, that lighting, those costumes. He completely holds his own against Denzel [Washington]. That’s what he needed to make himself a movie star.” QT is right on point here. And he should know a thing or two about this whole thing.

  5. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    He’s absolutely my favorite. Several rungs below is Thor because…Thor. But yeah, I’m completely into latest Trek reincarnations with him at the helm. He’s hot. He can act. He’s smart. And he can run errands wearing that.

    • Darla says:

      I LOVED his Kirk. I was so bummed we didn’t get another one, I really was. I know something went down BTS, contracts or something, whatever it was, it was a big disappointment to me. I’m OG Star Trek but not one of those creeps, I am always down for a reboot. And his Kirk for me, he was it.

      • Jerusha says:

        He absolutely nailed it as Kirk. Loved his portrayal. You could see how he’d turn into William Shatner at a later point. And he was the best thing in Into the Woods.

      • Dee Kay says:

        Huge Trek fan here and I loved Pine as Kirk. He did the impossible by aligning with Shatner’s iconic performance, creating a lot of resonances with the earlier work, while at the same time making it all his own.

      • The Recluse says:

        I’m sorry about not getting that next Star Trek film either. I loved the new cast so much.
        And this one was supposed to have Hemsworth back in it playing his dad somehow.

  6. Mia4s says:

    Yep Pine wins. Evans is…fine. Cute. But just not as interesting a performer. And that political website thing he’s trying is….ehhhhh. The other two? Ha!

    He would be perfect for a Tarantino flick but regardless? That grandmother anecdote is pretty adorable.

  7. S808 says:

    Chris Pine is absolutely my favorite Chris no competition! Chris Hemsworth does seem like a nice meathead, Prat is absolutely a MAGAt and Chris Evans seems nice but doesn’t do it for me either. Pine has great fashion sense, gorgeous, is pretty lowkey and seems very nice.

    • Snuffles says:

      I’ve realized I only enjoy Hemsworth when he’s being Thor. I can only tolerate Pratt when I watch Parks and Rec because I honestly don’t think it’s too far from his actual personality.

      Chris Evans…well that IS “America’s ass”. 😜 And I just find him incredibly charming in general. I quite like Pine. Loved him in Wonder Woman and The Princess Diaries. But beyond those movies he doesn’t really capture my interest.

  8. Lala11_7 says:

    I’ve seen…ALL of Chris Pine’s movies…the man CAN ACT..PERIOD! In fact his rom-com with him and Tom Hardy…is TOO MUCH OF 2 GOOD THANGS🥰

    Chris H. is my second Chris…and the way his acting evolved from his first appearance of Thor to his last…is a JOY to behold

  9. Darla says:

    Evans does it for me, like big time. His political website doesn’t bother me even though I am a vicious, and I mean vicious, Republican hater at this point in my life. I won’t date em, I don’t want em in my home, we’re not friends. But I get the larger picture and what he’s trying to do. There’s a need for it, I’m not just the one for it.

    Pine is always the close 2nd, maybe neck and neck I would say. The others, Hemsworth doesn’t bother me at all, but I’m like some here are with Evans; Hemsworth just doesn’t’ do it for me. Not even a little bit. I like him, but he doesn’t get me hot. I won’t talk about Pratt because one thing we can all agree on is Pratt is the worst Chris.

  10. Mina_Esq says:

    It’s a tight race, you guys. Pine gives better interviews but Evans has that all-American, boy-next-door vibe that appeals to me.

  11. Ariel says:

    I mean, you take your mom to the Oscars and she ends up in a 40 minute discussion with a famous director about how much he LOVED her mom’s acting/career. And you go to the bar for another drink.
    And then said director uses grandma’s movie in his next film, a teeny tiny tribute to her.
    I love this story.

  12. Mariane says:

    He’s my favourite chris too. I hope he and Annabella stay together. Their baby will be so beautiful

  13. Flamingo says:

    He is the best Chris. No competition. A few years ago he did a duet with Barbra Streisand and he has a lovely singing voice. YouTube the video if you get a chance. He is so sweet and charming in it.

  14. BnLurkN4eva says:

    There’s no competition with the Chris(s) for me, I really don’t like any of the others. Chris Pine is it for me, but. Yep there’s a but. I have these weirded out feelings about him like I think he’s a good guy and I also think he’s freaky in some kind of a dirty way and I can’t figure out if it’s in a good way or bad way and I find that so intriguing. I see all his movies multiple times and love, love, love him in Star Trek, but something is weird there and I can’t put my fingers on it.

  15. Case says:

    Chris Pine is def my favorite Chris. I’m not like SUPER attracted to him but I enjoy the roles he chooses. He’s in Wonder Woman, how can I not love him?

    Chris Evans seems nice and he’s a great Captain America but to me, Cap movies aren’t super memorable (I know this is a very unpopular Marvel opinion). Chris Hemsworth also seems nice but Thor isn’t even my favorite character in his self-titled movie. And Chris Pratt…ehhhhhh. Not great.

  16. Dee Kay says:

    Pine is hands-down my fave Chris b/c he is the most talented. Best actor of the bunch by a mile and very possibly (as QT said) best actor of his gen (Tom Hardy was in the running but after his four or five last movies, nah). I know this is controversial but I actually think Hemsworth is the second-best-actor among the Chrises. Hemsworth can be very, very funny, in addition to having tremendous action chops. Evans is so limited as an actor. Even though he is so good as Captain America it seems like he was actually born to play Cap and nothing else. He’s transcendent as Cap, but in everything else he’s done, even when he’s lead, he’s just kind of okay. I mean, he was good in Snowpiercer, but it’s more like “thank goodness he didn’t bring down a great film” than that he was really good, you know?

  17. The Recluse says:

    I loved that bit Chris Pine did when he hosted SNL to New York Girl trying to clarify which Chris he was. Classic.

  18. SJR says:

    Chris Pine looks just like a young version of his actor Dad, Robert Pine.
    Pine is good looking and a good actor. I’ve enjoyed several of his movies, Netflix has 2 very good Chris Pine movies running, a western with Jeff Daniels and the one he plays a King.

    What is he doing with Annabell? She is pretty but not a good actress. She was the weakest actor in Peaky Blinders.