Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood features several fictional characters interacting with real-life actors like Sharon Tate and Bruce Lee, but as it turns out, some of those fictional characters were inspired by historical figures in Hollywood's history.
Gary Kent, one of the inspirations for Brad Pitt’s character in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, is profiled in director Joe O’Connell’s Danger God. The famed filmmaker "loosely" based Pitt’s stuntman character Cliff Booth on Kent, and his own run in with the Manson Family at Spahn Ranch.
"From what I understand, Quentin based [Cliff] on me, my friend Bud Cardos, and Hal Needham," Kent recently told Birth.Movies.Death. He also explained to the site that he had lunch with Tarantino not all that long ago and told him about his experience at Spahn Ranch. "I’m anxious to see how much of that is included in the film," Kent added.
"Though the king of B movies in the Sixties and Seventies, working for indie directors from Richard Rush to Ray Dennis Steckler to Al Adamson, Kent tackled even larger real-life challenges."
"Professional stuntman Gary Kent has made a hard-earned name for himself in over 50 years of falling, burning, jumping, fighting and breaking himself for some of the most cherished independent and B-movies of the 20th Century. This is his story, from the anything goes days of the drive-in era, including his run in with Charles Manson and his infamous family, to his personal battles and triumphs with health, alcoholism and love. Features interviews with Monte Hellman, Duane Eddy, Richard Rush, Marc Singer and more."
You can check out the Danger God trailer and poster below!