Blonde, a. Quentin Tarantino even had a spin-off film in development, titled the "Vega Brothers", which was a prequel to both movies. This film was scrapped, because both actors were too old to play younger versions of themselves. Quentin Tarantino wrote the role of Jules specifically for Samuel L. Jackson , however, it was almost given to Paul Calderon after a great audition.
When Jackson heard this, he flew to Los Angeles and auditioned again to secure the role. Calderon ended up with a small role, as Paul. Chronologically, the last scene in the movie is Butch and Fabienne riding away on a chopper. The first sound you can hear in the movie is of the same chopper's engine.
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Quentin Tarantino hesitated over the choice between the character he was going to play, Jimmie or Lance. He ended up choosing Jimmie's role, because he wanted to be behind the camera in Mia's overdose scene.
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Jules was originally written to have a gigantic afro, but a crewmember obtained a variety of afro wigs, and one jheri curl wig. Quentin Tarantino had never thought about a jheri curl wig, but Samuel L. Jackson tried it on and Tarantino liked it, so it was kept. The quote Jules uses is supposed to be from Ezekiel in the Old Testament.
Because of his young age, he had no clue what Walken was saying, including the use of adult language. The screenplay says that Zed and Maynard are brothers. This was one of the first movies to use the Internet for advertising. In an interview with James Lipton on Inside the Actors Studio , John Travolta went into details of the many obstacles of tackling his role as Vincent Vega, the most challenging being that of how he was going to show the essence of his character as that of a heroin addict.
Never using the drug himself, Quentin Tarantino had Travolta research his character's addiction by speaking to a recovering heroin addict that he Quentin knew personally. Travolta asked Tarantino's friend to tell him how could he know what it felt like to be on heroin without actually using it, of course. Tarantino's friend explained "If you want to get the 'bottom envelope' feeling of that, get plastered on Tequila, and lie down in a hot pool.
Then you will have barely touched the feeling of what it might be like to be on heroin. He stated she happily joined him at the hotel hot tub, which had shots of Tequila lined from end to end on the railings to assist him in his "research". The role of Vincent Vega was originally and exclusively written with Michael Madsen firmly in mind. Quentin Tarantino had been working on his script for seven months and, even though Madsen knew of Quentin's plans and had expressed his desire to play the part, Madsen had already signed up for the role of Virgil Earp in Wyatt Earp , and was unable to commit to the film.
He later regretted the decision. The cab driver, Esmeralda Villalobos Angela Jones , appeared in a thirty-minute short called Curdled , in which she played a character who cleaned up after murders. This makes her fascinated by the idea of murder. Quentin Tarantino saw that film and decided to include the character in this movie, but as a cabdriver. The role of Butch was originally supposed to be an up and coming boxer.
Matt Dillon was in talks to play the role, but never committed. Quentin Tarantino then changed the role, and offered it to Bruce Willis , who had been disappointed at not being signed to play Vincent. Speculation abounds as to the nature of the mysterious glowing contents of the case which Tarantino said was simply a MacGuffin plot device : Could it be Elvis' gold suit, seen worn by Val Kilmer as Elvis in True Romance ?
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The most persistent theory is that it is Marcellus Wallace's soul. The story goes that when the Devil takes a person's soul, it is removed through the back of the head. When we see the back of Marcellus' head he has a Band-Aid covering the precise spot indicated by tradition for soul removal. Perhaps Marcellus sold his soul to the devil which would also explain why the combination to open the briefcase is Quentin Tarantino has said that the band-aid on the back of Marsellus Wallace's neck had nothing to do with an allusion to the Devil stealing Marsellus' soul, but that Ving Rhames had cut himself shaving, and used the band-aid to cover the cut.
According to Roger Avary , who co-wrote the script with Quentin Tarantino , the original plan was to have the briefcase contain diamonds urban legend has it that they were the diamonds from Resevoir Dogs This seemed neither exciting nor original, so Avary and Tarantino decided to have the briefcase's contents never appear on-screen; this way, each film-goer could mentally "fill in the blank" with whatever struck his or her imagination as best fitting the description "so beautiful".
The orange light bulb projecting shimmering light onto the actors' faces was a last-minute decision and added a completely unintended fantastic element. In a radio interview with Howard Stern in late , Quentin Tarantino was asked by a caller the contents of the briefcase, and he answered, "It's whatever the viewer wants it to be. This movie and The Shawshank Redemption opened on the same date, October 14, Both movies gained cult status in the following years, and are listed in the top ten in IMDb's top movies as of March Jules flipping the table over in the beginning was improvised by Samuel L.
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When Vincent calls Lance on his cell phone, Lance is eating a bowl of Fruit Brute, a cereal from the older monster cereal family. Quentin Tarantino has held onto a box, and drops it into scenes from time to time. It appeared in Reservoir Dogs as well. The first part about the righteous man and the tyranny of evil men is not real. However the second half, "And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger. And you will know My name is the Lord when I lay My vengeance upon thee", is a direct quote from Ezekiel It's likely that Tarantino included it as a reference to the Shin'ichi "Sonny" Chiba film Karate Kiba as the quote is almost word for word from the opening scene.
Tarantino has also said that he is big fan of the actor, and is therefore likely to have seen the movie. Marsellus and Mia never speak to one another on-screen, even though they are seen together poolside, and are husband and wife.
Towards the end of the film, Jules says he wants to retire and become a drifter. In Kill Bill: Vol. Jackson turned up as Rufus, a piano playing drifter. When Vincent first walks into Mia's house, one of the back doors is slightly open. This was done so the camera wouldn't be reflected in the glass.
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Mia Wallace's comment "An Elvis man should love this" is a reference to a deleted scene included in some edited for television versions where Mia claims that everyone can be classified as either an "Elvis" Elvis Presley person or a "Beatles" The Beatles person. She bets Vincent that he is an "Elvis", and he confirms it.
It is also worth noting that Jules calls Pumpkin "Ringo", as a reference to Ringo Starr , thus making him a Beatles person. Quentin Tarantino is an avid collector of vintage television show board games. During the filming of this movie, he and John Travolta were reported to have sat on the floor and played the Welcome Back, Kotter board game. A scene removed from the final film involved Jules trying to consider what to do, while Pumpkin and Honey Bunny rob the diner. In the scene, Jules points his gun at the bottom of the table and fires up twice, hitting Pumpkin and killing him.
He then spins around and shoots Honey Bunny three times, killing her. As she falls, her gun goes off and hits the Long Haired Yuppie Scum, who dies screaming on the floor.
The scene then cuts back to Jules talking to Pumpkin in the diner, revealing the shootings to have happened entirely in Jules' mind. Upon the film's UK video rental release, some video stores gave away a pack of limited edition "Pulp Fiction" matches. On the back of the packet was a quote from the film "you play with matches, you get burned". Although widely regarded as John Travolta 's second comeback film Look Who's Talking was his first , it served a similar purpose for Bruce Willis , whose films outside of the Die Hard franchise had been considered disappointments except for Look Who's Talking His supporting roles in this film and Nobody's Fool have been credited with preventing him from losing his A-list status.
Chronologically, the first scene in the movie has Vincent and Jules chatting in their car while on their way to do a job. The last chronological scene has Butch and Fabienne riding away from the hotel on Butch's newly acquired motorcycle and the "last line" of the movie is therefore "Zed's dead, baby; Zed's dead. However, Tarantino denies ever having even met Kurt, much less offering him a part. In the scene where Captain Koons Christopher Walken is giving young Butch Chandler Lindauer the gold watch, Walken appeared to pause during the end of his explanation for the story behind the golden watch.
This is because Christopher Walken had forgotten his next lines before recovering in time to make it look as though he paused on purpose. It was decided to leave this error in the film, due to how authentic it appeared. Some of the scenes of Jimmie Dimmick were directed by an uncredited Robert Rodriguez.