The arrival of a new Quentin Tarantino movie is always something of an occasion. This Friday brings the release of his 9th, and if he’s to be believed, second-to-last feature film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. A lot of people are excited about the movie, but some have more reason than others to anticipate its release.
Including the son of a beloved actor, for whom the movie ranks as one of his last performances.
Luke Perry, 90s television icon and all-around good guy, passed away earlier this year, but not before he finished filming his part in Tarantino’s next film.
Perry plays a real-life actor named Wayne Maunder, who starred in a western show called Lancer. Maunder is a colleague of Leonardo DiCaprio’s character Rick Dalton who is a fading TV star attempting to crossover into movies. The trailer promises a fun ride through late 60s Hollywood appearances by characters such as Charlie Manson and victim Sharon Tate, Bruce Lee, and more, and featuring performances from a lot of current stars.
Recently, a billboard featuring Perry posing as his character was unveiled, and on the night of the film’s Hollywood premiere, Perry’s son Jack, who works as a wrestler named Jungle Boy, celebrated his dad by scaling it.
He added the caption: “Big premiere tonight. He deserved this, and I’m very proud of it. A stud in life, and forever after. The best of the best. Love you forever.”
It was a fitting tribute to a well-loved actor and a good dad.