BY DONNA FREYDKIN
Kurt Russell is daunting -- albeit incredibly nice -- in person, a man who has no entourage, no stylist, and even carries his own coat. The actor, famous for his roles as special forces operative-gone-wrong Snake Plissken in "Escape from New York" and "Escape from L.A.," doesn't exactly ooze the warm and fuzzies.
That is, until, you bring up his family: His longtime partner Goldie Hawn (the two never married) and their blended family of kids Kate and Oliver Hudson, and Boston and Wyatt Russell.
He just shot the drama "Deepwater Horizon" with Kate Hudson, something they both relished.
"We worked one day on 'Deepwater Horizon.' It was obviously great. I'd like to work with Katie and my sons Wyatt and Oliver again. I'd love to work one more time with Goldie, for sure. I have a great family. They're a great bunch. They're talented. I love them. I feel very fortunate to have had all the four kids I've had, and Goldie," he says.
Now, he's headlining Quentin Tarantino's violently surrealistic western "Hateful Eight," now in theaters. He sports impressive facial hair, and commands the screen.
"Quentin called up one day and asked me to do a reading of a script he wrote. I thought that's what it was. Next thing I know, they called me to do a rehearsal. Then I found out it was the script that had been leaked. We did the reading. And then he decided to make the movie and that was it," says Russell.
The character came to Russell fully formed.
"He wrote that the guy has a big moustache. Quentin told me I was in his head when he was writing it. As I was reading it -- his rhythm -- I enjoy his sense of humor and his style. I love working with him. I saw immediately what was possible to do here. When you read a Quentin script, it's generally for a fun, memorable character. He's very unique as a filmmaker. I really appreciate that," he says.
Mostly, Russell spends his days knee-deep in fermented grapes at his GoGi Wines vineyard.
"I was in the vineyard making wine for the last six or seven years," he says, before setting foot on Tarantino's set. "The music flowed. Every 100th reel we had a party, because it was shot in 70mm. I supplied the wine at the end of the movie."