Nicholas Braun introduced Cousin Greg-level networking long before he was cast in “The Succession.”
Braun detailed his chance encounter with Oscar winner Quentin Tarantino on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on his latest episode and joked that he’s “never awkward” except with his idols.
“I’m pretty clumsy. I’m awkward around famous people,” Braun said. “Quentin Tarantino is a good man. I got on a plane. I wasn’t in first class. I walked past the first class. That was a long time ago. That was like 12 years ago. I was 21 or something.
Braun continued, “I’m in the first grade. I see him: “Shit, Quentin Tarantino.” I’m like, “Oh my god, it’s here.” And I just did this Disney Channel Original Movie, DCOMs, anyone? And so this DCOM (from 2008) was called ‘Minutemen’, so it just came out and there was an ad in the back of a Tiger Beat magazine. They’ve probably been canceled by now or something due to taking pictures of young boys. So the ad was in the back of the magazine and I sat up and said, “The minute men ad! And I ripped it off the back of the Tiger Beat and pushed it past all the people who came inside the machine, which everybody hates. No one likes to be confronted.”
The ‘Cat Person’ star added: ‘And so I get up to first class and I look at him and he’s sitting on the window side, so I kind of have to reach over a person and say, ‘Quentin, Quentin, it’s me. in this DCOM “Minutemen” and it just came out and here’s the ad. This is me!’ And in the ad, three guys in snowsuits fly through time because they created a time travel machine. So they want to become heroes from dorks, “zero is the hero” was the logline. So I say, Quentin, I’m in this movie, and I really hope to work with you someday. I think you are the best. It’s all I have. And he looked at it like a torn piece of paper and said, “I hope so, too.”
Braun noted that he is “still waiting” to hear from Tarantino years later.
And Tarantino is no stranger to working with former Disney Channel stars: Best Actor nominee Austin Butler appeared in “Hannah Montana” in 2019’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”