No. 6: Stuntman Mike’s a Crybaby – Quentin Tarantino’s Boldest Moments
Stuntman Mike’s successful murder of ‘Death Proof’s first group of young girls is pretty amazing for the raw brutality of the violence involved (seriously, Vanessa Ferlito’s face gets ripped off by a spinning tire). But it’s when Mike’s second would-be group of victims turn the tables on him that Death Proof really turns into something special.
Given Kurt Russell’s general swagger and fourth-wall breaking smirks, we have every reason to believe Stuntman Mike is the old school tough guy he sells himself as. But when threatened, it turns out he’s just a big cry baby who likes to pick on poor, defenseless girls. ‘Death Proof’ may be Tarantino’s least loved film, but stuff like this makes it very much a Tarantino film, and that alone is worth something.