Leonardo DiCaprio is set to star in Martin Scorsese’s upcoming Killers of the Flower Moon, but director Quentin Tarantino has decided to have some fun with another of DiCaprio’s characters, Rick Dalton from Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Taratino’s podcast The Video Archives Podcast just shared the announcement that former movie star Rick Dalton has passed away. Here’s the post:
We are saddened by the news of the passing of actor Rick Dalton, best known for his roles in the hit TV series Bounty Law and The Fireman trilogy.
Rick passed away peacefully in his home in Hawaii and is survived by his wife Francesca.
RIP Rick Dalton 1933-2023 pic.twitter.com/j51sNEh7AP
— The Video Archives Podcast (@VideoArchives) May 19, 2023
Immediately fans and other movie accounts started posting their ‘tributes’ out to Dalton, celebrating his fictional career. Even the New Beverly Cinema (which is owned by Tarantino) decided to get past the internet, and posted up a tribute to Dalton on their marquee.
IN LOVING MEMORY
1933 – 2023
"A WONDERFUL ACTOR" pic.twitter.com/YnBaJXK9Hy
— New Beverly Cinema (@newbeverly) May 20, 2023
Here are some other posts going around:
Rick Dalton (1933 — 2023) 🕊️ pic.twitter.com/ff2xdQ8P79
— Cinema Solace (@SolaceCinema) May 19, 2023
Probably my favorite part of the bit is the reactions where they try to ‘cancel’ Dalton based on the events of the film, from his association to Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) to him burning one of the Manson kids in his pool.
Sorry y’all. You can mourn Rick Dalton but you can’t ignore the fact he enabled Cliff Booth to continue to work in the industry despite what he did. That’s hugely problematic. Don’t believe me? Just Google “Cliff Booth” and “Wife”! pic.twitter.com/G7iDNqhIs7
— Reyna Cervantes (in her Yellowjackets era) (@Jfcdoomblade) May 19, 2023
reminder that rick d*lton MURDERED this woman and he should NOT be celebrated pic.twitter.com/RwFbWX6r0p
— jeremy (@jeremylovesyall) May 20, 2023
So far everyone is enjoying Tarantino’s little update on the OUATIH canon, but it would be great if we also found out what happened to some of the other characters. You think Sharon Tate would have lived to 2023 in this Tarantino’s alternate timeline?
To further remember Dalton’s legacy, you can check him out in Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.