Actors who work with Tarantino should expect him to have plenty of energy when he shows up on set. In an interview with Yahoo! Entertainment, Jamie Foxx said that he loved working with Tarantino, and described the director as behaving like a “jazz musician” when he’s on set.
Of course, Tarantino is notorious for writing extended scripts, so it’s not as if he comes into a day of shooting without being prepared. What Foxx is describing is Tarantino’s innate skill, which allows him to “feel” the movie being made. He’s not cold and calculated. Instead, he’s deeply enthusiastic about the work that he’s doing, and, at least for some actors, that enthusiasm can be infectious.
In an interview with FAB TV, Brad Pitt echoed Foxx’s comments, saying that Tarantino “loves cinema so much, as you know, and loves talking about it…There’s a great verve and energy on the set; it’s unlike any others.”
Tarantino grew up watching and dissecting movies, and when he makes them, he brings the same enthusiasm to set that he had when he was geeking out over movies in his own life. He steals from people he admires, and isn’t afraid to get referential. Tarantino’s love of movies is a huge part of his success, and it’s an energy he apparently brings with him when he shows up to work.