After publicly bashing Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film about Charles Manson’s infamous murder spree, the sister of victim Sharon Tate has had a change of heart.
“I’m pleased he reached out,” Debra Tate, sister of the late actress, tells People of Tarantino. “I thought it showed a lot of class and sensitivity to move up the release date.”
The film — “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” — was originally set to be released on Aug. 9, 2019, the 50th anniversary of the Manson murders; on Monday, however, the release date was changed to July 26 out of respect for family members of the victims.
“He has done nothing but respect me and be very forthcoming,” says Tate of the director. “I have very high hopes for this project.”
This is a different position than the one she had earlier taken. “I think it’s terribly irresponsible [not to reach out], especially since I own Sharon’s licensing so that I can help protect the way she’s viewed through the public’s eyes,” Tate said earlier this year.
“These people are taking horrific situations and making them even more graphic than they were without any concern for the living victims of these crimes and I think that’s horrible and crass.”
Variety reported Brad Pitt had joined the film, playing a stunt double for Leonardo DiCaprio’s struggling TV-actor character in 1969.
“Both are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don’t recognize anymore. But Rick has a very famous next-door neighbour… Sharon Tate,” Tarantino told Variety.
Sharon Tate — actress and wife of director Roman Polanski — was killed by acolytes of Charles Manson in a vicious series of murders. She was pregnant at the time.
“To [celebrities] it’s a paycheque and these people just don’t care,” Tate told TMZ earlier this year. “They are terribly hurtful to the actual family and all the living victims. They don’t give a s***.”
Debra also said DiCaprio and Pitt are “throwing all their social responsibility to the wind.”
That wasn’t the only time Tate called out Hollywood for portraying her sister onscreen. In February, Hilary Duff posted on Instagram from the set of another film in which she is portraying Tate.
“What kind of trash is she? That’s just absolutely garbage. Is there any point in that?” Debra said of the actress.
“It doesn’t matter who it is acting in it — it’s just tasteless,” Tate added. “It’s classless how everyone is rushing to release something for the 50th anniversary of this horrific event.”