Parks may not be immediately familiar to some, but he’s had a long and interesting career. One look at his IMDB page and it’s clear that during the 60’s and 70’s, he was the go-to guy if TV studios and filmmakers needed a cowboy or heavy. For anyone who has seen his more recent performances in many of the Tarantino/Rodriguez genre films (he’s been in From Dusk Till Dawn, both Kill Bills, Death Proof and Planet Terror) it’s clear this guy has a tremendous screen presence. In his short screen time in Kill Bill Vol. 2, playing Bill’s brothel-owning father figure, he’s truly electrifying.
Smith’s track record of late has been patchy to say the least and although he’s heading in a direction which may prove equally challenging to both his skills as a director and to his now well-established comedy fanbase, at least by casting someone likes Parks he’s going about it in the right way.