There's definitely an irony that the apex of great success and acclaim culminates with you sitting helplessly in a large room while a bunch of your friends and colleagues do their best to playfully humiliate you in front of a massive crowd. Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, the polarizing genius behind 'Pulp Fiction' and 'Inglourious Basterds,' is the latest in a long line of famous personalities to get the Friar's Club Roast, and as anyone who has seen his films could tell you, the man has enough strange quirks and fascinations to make him a very easy target.

Unfortunately, video does not seem to exist of the event (at least not yet), but The Hollywood Reporter was in attendance and has helpfully shared many of the evening's best moments. Check out that link for the full rundown, but let's take a look at some of the highlights.


1. Samuel L. Jackson was the roastmaster (of course) and he thanked Tarantino for casting him in 'Pulp Fiction' and giving him the career he has today -- but that was after he called him a "walking Spaghetti Western" and commented that he should be introduced as "Quentin Super Fly Tarantino Presley."

2. Tarantino's drug use became fodder in the hands of Sarah Silverman who quipped that Tarantino turning down a directing job on 'Speed' was the first time he turned down speed.

3. Comedy writer Jeff Ross took a few shots at Tarantino's penchant for homage, saying that "Tarantino" is the Italian word for plagiarism and that he "...already roasted better versions of [him] so ...You're like Martin Scoresoso."

4. The main event of the roast (which Filmdrunk has recounted in great detail) was Uma Thurman who, after telling a few horror tales about the infamously chaotic 'Kill Bill' set, filled her shoe with wine and made Tarantino drink it, which was a nice little jab at the director's not-too-hidden foot fetish. She also offered up this little doozy ...

"Throughout our long and glorious - and inglourious - relationship, we've had our ups and downs, but for now I'll just focus on Kill Bill. Deep in the desert, late one night around four am, for once my phone accidentally went off [during a take]. And Quentin screamed, as he does, 'Whose phone is that!? Whoever's phone that is is dead!' And I said, from the dirt pile I was half buried under, 'That was my phone, actually, so leave the crew alone.' And he said 'You let your phone go off one more time and I'll make you regret the day you ever started acting!' And I screamed back, 'That happened a long time ago, motherf**ker!"

5. The only not-funny presenter of the day seemed to be, unsurprisingly, the reliably unfunny Rob Schneider, who commented on the absence of John Travolta, whose dead career was resuscitated by Tarantino in the mid-90s: "There was a "Fags in Denial Who Believe in Aliens" convention."

Other presenters of the evening included Harvey Keitel, Bret Ratner, Kathy Griffin, Richard Belzer, Whitney Cummings and 'Shaun of the Dead' director Edgar Wright. Non-speaking attendees included Howard Stern, Joe Frazier, Anna Kendrick, Chazz Palminteri, Harry Belafonte, Bob and Harvey Weinstein, Eli Wallach, Neve Campbell, Steve Buscemi, Rosario Dawson, Patricia Arquette, Cheech Marin, Dick Cavett and Jow Pantoliano, an eclectic mix of people if there ever was one, a perfect representation of Tarantino's ability to mix classy filmmaking and sleazy schlock and to appeal to refined cineastes as well as teenage boys looking for a cheap thrill.
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