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."
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PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 25: (L-R) Goldie Hawn, Donatella Versace and Kate Hudson attend the Versace show as part of Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2015 on January 25, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 21: Host Goldie Hawn (L) and host committee member Kate Hudson are seen onstage at Goldie Hawn's inaugural 'Love In For Kids' benefiting the Hawn Foundation's MindUp program transforming children's lives for greater success at Ron BurkleÂs Green Acres Estate on November 21, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for The Hawn Foundation)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 21: (L-R) Matthew Bellamy, and actresses Goldie Hawn, and Kate Hudson attend Goldie Hawn's Inaugural 'Love In For Kids' Benefiting The Hawn Foundation's MindUp Program at Ron Burkle's Green Acres Estate on November 21, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 21: (L-R) Actress Rosanna Arquette, host Goldie Hawn, host committee member Kate Hudson, and emcee Kathy Griffin attend Goldie Hawn's inaugural 'Love In For Kids' benefiting the Hawn Foundation's MindUp program transforming children's lives for greater success at Ron BurkleÂs Green Acres Estate on November 21, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for The Hawn Foundation)
CULVER CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 08: (L-R) Actors Goldie Hawn, Kate Hudson and Kurt Russell attend the 2014 Baby2Baby Gala, presented by Tiffany & Co. on November 8, 2014 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Amy Graves/Getty Images for Baby2Baby)
London, UNITED KINGDOM: US actress Kate Hudson (L) with her mother Goldie Hawn, arrives at the London Premiere of her film , Skeleton Key, in London's Leicester Square, 20 July 2005 AFP PHOTO MAX NASH (Photo credit should read MAX NASH/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - MAY 26: Actress Goldie Hawn (left) and her daughter, actress Kate Hudson attend the film premiere of the romantic comedy 'Raising Helen' on May 26, 2004 at the El Capitan Theatre, in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 1: Actress Goldie Hawn (left) and daughter Kate Hudson arrive at the 'Raising Helen' screening during the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival on May 1, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
370672 07: Award hosts Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson arrive at the 'Women in Film's Annual Crystal Awards Luncheon at the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, CA on June 9, 2000. (Photo by Chris Weeks/Liaison)