QUENTIN TARANTINO: THEN
Quentin Tarantino’s revolutionary, bloody debut Reservoir Dogs lit up screens 25 years ago this weekend. The film’s principals have been making the rounds this year to promote the anniversary — click through to take a look at the actors and director today and 25 years ago, when they were grooving to K-Billy’s Super Sounds of the ’70s.
QUENTIN TARANTINO: NOW
Tarantino may have defaulted into a position as the kind of elder statesman of film he probably rankled with Dogs back in 1992, but he hasn’t mellowed with age. His most recent film, The Hateful Eight, was as hyperbolically violent and stylized as anything he’s done in the past 25 years.
TIM ROTH: THEN
Roth has worked steadily in the nearly three decades since Dogs…
TIM ROTH: NOW
… He’s popped up in most of Tarantino’s films, but also carved out a career on his own, including as the lead in Fox’s Lie to Me.
MICHAEL MADSEN: THEN
Madsen has arguably never been better than as the psychotic Mr. Blonde in Dogs …
MICHAEL MADSEN: NOW
… But his soulful performance in Tarantino’s Kill Bill films might give it a run for his money.
Sadly, Chris Penn (pictured above in 2002), who played the histrionic, jogging-suit-clad Nice Guy Eddie, passed away in 2006 from heart disease at age 40. The coroner’s report found valium, morphine, marijuana and an elevated level of codeine were present in his bloodstream when he died.
STEVE BUSCEMI: THEN
Once just a unique-looking and reliably excellent character actor, Buscemi finally snagged what became one of his defining roles, as “Nucky” Thompson, the crooked politician (and gangster) at the heart of HBO’s Prohibition (and beyond) drama Boardwalk Empire.
STEVE BUSCEMI: NOW
Does Steve Buscemi really need an introduction at this point?
HARVEY KEITEL: THEN
Keitel, whose Mr. White is the complicated moral center of Reservoir Dogs, celebrated his 50th year as an actor in 2006.
HARVEY KEITEL: NOW
Also, he was in Beyoncé’s “Pretty Hurts” music video, arguably an equally impressive achievement.