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Quentin Tarantino Mourns Robert Forster, Says Casting Him Was ‘One of the Best Choices I’ve Ever Made’

Quentin Tarantino Mourns Robert Forster, Says Casting Him Was ‘One of the Best Choices I’ve Ever Made’

Fans and celebrities have taken to social media to honor the life of Robert Forster, the celebrated actor who died Friday following a battle with brain cancer.

Quentin Tarantino, who directed Forster in the 1997 film Jackie Brown, was among those who paid tribute.

“Today the world is left with one less gentlemen. One less square shooter. One less good man. One less wonderful father. One less marvelous actor,” Tarantino said a statement published by Deadline. “I remember all the breakfasts we had at silver spoons. All the stories. All the kind words. All the support. Casting Robert Forster in Jackie Brown was one of the best choices I’ve ever made in my life.”

Tarantino concluded his statement with, “I will miss you dearly my old friend. Bye bye Max. Bye bye Miles. Bye bye Bob.”

The director is credited for resuscitating Forster’s career when he decided to cast him as Max Cherry in Jackie Brown. The role garnered the actor critical praise as well as an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

In a 2018 interview with Fandor, Forster recalled how his involvement in Jackie Brown came to be.

“Years had gone by and I ran into [Tarantino] in a coffee shop. By then my career was really, really dead and we blah-blah’d for a few minutes and then six months later he showed up at the same coffee shop with a script in his hands and handed it to me,” Forster said. “When I read it I could hardly believe that he had me in mind for Max Cherry except that nothing else made any sense, so when I asked him about it he said, ‘Yes, it’s Max Cherry that I wrote for you.’ That’s when I said to him, ‘I’m sure they’re not going to let you hire me.’ He said, ‘I hire anybody I want.’ And that’s when I realized I was going to get another shot at a career.”

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You can read other Forster tribute messages posted by his fellow celebrities and co-stars below.


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Aaron Paul

@aaronpaul_8
I am heartbroken to hear the news of the passing of Robert Forster. My god. I had the privilege of knowing this beautiful man and working along side of him. A true gentleman that loved to act. I love you my friend. Thank you for loving me. You are and always will be a legend. 🖤

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Samuel L. Jackson

@SamuelLJackson
RIP Robert Forster!! A truly class act/ Actor!!

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Bryan Cranston

@BryanCranston
I’m saddened today by the news that Robert Forster has passed away. A lovely man and a consummate actor. I met him on the movie Alligator (pic) 40 years ago, and then again on BB. I never forgot how kind and generous he was to a young kid just starting out in Hollywood. RIP Bob.

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Donnie Wahlberg

@DonnieWahlberg
Had the honor of making this little gem of a movie (Diamond Men) with this incredible gem of a man — Robert Forster.

Truly one of the kindest, most giving actors/human beings that I’ve ever worked with, and forever a dear friend. He’ll be missed.#RIPRobertForster 🙏🏼❤️😢💎

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Tim Allen

@ofctimallen
So very sad at Roberts passing, he was a gift to me personally and a emotional part of our show. Prayers and condolences to his beautiful wife and family.

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Frances Fisher

@Frances_Fisher
Oh, Dear Robert – Beloved by all of us in our community of actors.
Remembering our classic poker nights at Norby’s:
We’d joke “We’ll bury our friends and one day it will be me.”
Today is your day. 💗
Fly with the angels dear friend.
Blessings ✨

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Robert Forster Dies: Academy Award Nominee Who Appeared In More Than 100 Films Was 78
Robert Forster Dies: Academy Award Nominee Who Appeared In More Than 100 Films Was 78

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Ty Burr

@tyburr
Never stopped working. Was never not great, even in paycheck junk. And the stuff that wasn’t junk was made infinitely better by his rock solid presence. What an old school pro. What a loss. https://twitter.com/thr/status/1182843526238879744 …

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@THR
Robert Forster, resurgent Oscar nominee from ‘Jackie Brown,’ dies at 78 http://thr.cm/R6wCGM

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