"Sam loves kung fu movies," explains Tarantino, "and when he read the script he was like 'Hey, I've gotta be in this!' So, I said to him, 'Well, there's not really a part for you,' and he said, 'Well make a part for me! How about the organ player, man? I'm feeling the organ player!' There wasn't even any dialogue for the character, he was just this organ player who was there. So on the day, me and Sam just came up with this really cool speech for him."
Possibly the biggest surprise of Kill Bill is that there's no sign of Tarantino the actor. And aside from a brief role in the TV show Alias, he hasn't appeared on screen since his cameo in 2000's Little Nicky. "I haven't been acting for a while - mainly because I've been working on Kill Bill for so long. But if there's a good role, in one of my scripts or someone else's script, then sure, I'll do it."
"Actually, I was originally going to be in Kill Bill - I was going to play Pai Mei, the monk who trains the Bride. But I eventually realised it was such a huge film I'd never have time to get everything done. At least I got to do the initial training. I was damned if I was going to have all these girls, who didn't care about kung fu in the first place, go through three months of training, when that's what I'd always wanted to do ever since I was a kid."
While there's nothing to match the delirious excesses of Vol. 1's limb-strewn climax, Kill Bill Vol. 2 still features some graphic set pieces that'll have timid audience members leaping for shelter... or diving for a sick bag. While he has always aimed for an extreme reaction in his movies, Tarantino confesses he's not completely immune to being grossed out himself. "Probably the only time was when I saw Monty Python's Meaning Of Life. When the fat Mr Creosote guy who does all the puking turns up - I remember sitting in the movie theatre thinking, 'If somebody vomits, and I actually smell vomit while I'm watching this, I'm just going to hurl!'"