We previously reported that Quentin Tarantino is courting Leonardo DiCaprio to star in his upcoming Charles Manson movie about the Sharon Tate murders. While it was originally reported that DiCaprio would be playing “an aging actor” we now have more details on his role—details that may shed light on aspects of Tarantino’s film.
Mike Fleming, Jr.: I initially called him an aging actor, when I raced to break the story. What he plays, more specifically, is an actor who had his own Western show, Bounty Law, that ran on the air from 1958 to 1963. His attempt to transition to movies didn’t work out and in 1969 — the film is set at the height of hippy Hollywood movement– he’s guesting on other people’s shows while contemplating going to Italy which has become a hotbed for low-budget Westerns.
To be clear, a TV show titled Bounty Law never existed.
At the time of the Sharon Tate murders, the Manson Family was living at a dilapidated ranch that had been used to film westerns up until the 1940s. At the time of their stay, the ranch was owned an operated by George Spahn, an ex-circus performer who raised livestock for movies produced at the nearby Iverson Movie Ranch across the canyon.
Could DiCaprio be playing Spahn, or a version of him? Time will tell. Stay tuned for additional details regarding Tarantino’s Charles Manson movie as details emerge.