Bruce Dern and Michael Madsen dish being ‘teammates’ in large ‘The Hateful Eight’ cast [Exclusive Video]

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“The thing I was most gratified about is that Quentin Tarantino asked me to lend a hand,” says Bruce Dern about working on the new western film “The Hateful Eight.” In our recent interview (watch below), he adds, “It’s a collaborative meeting. You’re only as good as the people who are with you, your teammates. Ultimately I never did a team sport because I was a runner but movies can be what this turned out to be.”

Related: Watch our interviews with ‘Hateful Eight’ stars Samuel L. Jackson,
Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kurt Russell, and Walton Goggins

In this eighth film by the writer/director, Dern plays General Sanford Smithers, a former key officer for the Confederacy in the Civil War. He and characters played by Michael Madsen, Demian Bichir, and Tim Roth are taking refuge in a haberdashery during a blizzard in Wyoming. A stagecoach arrives bearing a fugitive (Jennifer Jason Leigh), bounty hunter (Kurt Russell), sheriff (Walton Goggins) and major (Samuel L. Jackson).

Madsen joins Dern for this chat and discusses playing cow-puncher Joe Gage, a man loaded down with secrets and lies. He says, “Everybody does that to a certain extent in reality. It’s hard to get the truth out of a waitress nowadays because it’s her job to be nice about it and ask you what you want. I read an interview with Marlon Brando where he says a waiter and a waitress are the two greatest actors in the world. Joe Gage is trying to get something accomplished, and things get very confusing very fast.”

Dern was nominated for an Oscar two years ago for his lead role in the film “Nebraska.” That also brought him nominations at the Golden Globes, SAG Awards, and Independent Spirit Awards. Earlier in his career, he had been an Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee for his supporting work in “Coming Home” (1978). 

Madsen has worked with Tarantino on “Reservoir Dogs” and the two “Kill Bill” films. His lengthy resume also features the movies “Thelma and Louise,” “Wyatt Earp,” “Free Willy,” “Donnie Brasco,” and “Sin City.”

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Weinstein Company

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