Terry Morrow: Quentin Tarantino sees himself as Hollywood 'insider'

AP Photo/The Weinstein Co., Francois DuhamelQuentin Tarantino directs on the set of "Inglourious Basterds" in 2009, which was nominated for eight Academy Awards.

Photo by Francois Duhamel, AP2008

AP Photo/The Weinstein Co., Francois DuhamelQuentin Tarantino directs on the set of "Inglourious Basterds" in 2009, which was nominated for eight Academy Awards.

Director Quentin Tarantino, a native of Knoxville,

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Director Quentin Tarantino, a native of Knoxville,

Knoxville native Quentin Tarantino sees himself as a Hollywood insider these days.

"I'm not a Hollywood outsider anymore. I know a lot of people. I like them. They like me. I think I'm a pretty good member of this community… I still do things my own way, but I didn't go away either. I still kind of feel like I'm always trying to prove I belong here," he tells Playboy magazine in the December issue.

Tarantino was born in Knoxville and lived here as a wee child before he and his family moved west.

He still has relatives in the area and references Knoxville in several of his movies.

Allegedly Tarantino visited recently as a year ago while scouting area for a movie. Those plans, so far gone unverified, apparently did not work out.

He and Johnny Knoxville are friends, and Tarantino was a producer on Knoxville's little-seen but critically acclaimed drama "Daltry Calhoun."

Tarantino's next movies include "Quentin Tarantin Presents The Man with the Iron Fists" starring Lucy Liu, in theaters now, and "Django Unchained," with Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio, opening Christmas.

Even as one of Hollywood's directors/ writer, he's looking at a time span on his own career — and he tells Playboy it's near the end.

"I'm on a journey that needs to have an end and not be about me trying to get another job. I want this artistic journey to have a climax," he told the magazine. "I want to work toward something.

"You stop when you stop, but in a fanciful world, 10 movies in my filmography would be nice. I've made seven.

"If I have a change of heart, if I come up with a new story, I could come back. But if I stop at 10, that would be OK as an artistic statement."

At 49, Tarantino has figured out why he isn't married but that doesn't mean he hasn't thought about what it would be to be a husband.

"If I had a wife, I would probably be more polite," he says. "She would make me write thank-you notes, which I won't do on my own. I wouldn't be such a caveman.

"If I want to live in Paris for a year (so what)? I can. I don't have to arrange anything; I can just do it. If there is an actor or director I want to get obsessed with and study their films for the next 12 days, I can do that.

"The perfect person would be a Playmate who would enjoy that."

nTweet this! In a tweet sent out hours before Derek Dooley's split from the University of Tennessee Sunday, Johnny Knoxville, the "Jackass" star, vented his anger over the college's football season. He also aimed his barbs at UT defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri.

"UT is about to lose to ahem,Vanderbilt. VANDERBILT. Derek Dooley, we accept your resignation. and take Sunseri with you. Unbelievable."

Knoxville got his wish when Dooley was canned hours later.

nSplit. Singer/ songwriter Deana Carter — the former Knoxville waitress (at Toddy's Liquor Store and Back Door Tavern) and bar keep-turned-Nashville hit maker — has filed for separation from her husband of three years, according to the Associated Press. Carter, whose biggest hit as a solo artist is "Strawberry Wine," cites irreconcilable differences as the reason.

She and husband Brandon Malone separated in August 2011, less than two years after they were married in October 2009, court papers show.

Records showed Carter filed her petition on Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Terry Morrow may be reached at 865-342-6445 or morrowt@knoxville.com.

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