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(1994)

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The shot of Vincent plunging the syringe into Mia's chest was filmed by having John Travolta pull the needle out, then running the film backwards.
Whenever Vincent Vega (John Travolta) goes to the toilet something bad happens.
In real life, Vincent Vega's 1964 Chevelle Malibu convertible belongs to Quentin Tarantino and was stolen during the production of the film. In 2013, a police officer saw two kids stripping an older car. He arrested them and when researching the vehicle found the VIN number had been altered. It turns out that it was the car stolen from 'Quentin Tarantino'. The owner had recently purchased it and had no idea it was stolen.
Uma Thurman originally turned down the role of Mia Wallace. Quentin Tarantino was so desperate to have her as Mia, he ended up reading her the script over the phone, finally convincing her to take on the role.
In the diner when Mia orders her $5 shake, "Buddy Holly" (the waiter, Steve Buscemi) asks her if she wants it "Martin and Lewis or Amos and Andy?" He is referring to two comedy duos - Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, two white men; The Amos 'n Andy Show (1951), two black men. Basically, he is asking her if she wants a vanilla shake or a chocolate shake. She has vanilla.
The passage from the Bible that Jules has memorized was mostly made up by Quentin Tarantino and Samuel L. Jackson. The only part that's similar to what the Bible says is the part where he says, "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." However, the parts about the righteous man and the shepherd are not real.
The word "fuck" is used 265 times.
Samuel L. Jackson auditioned for the part of the guy who trains Mr. Orange in Reservoir Dogs (1992), but it went to Randy Brooks. Tarantino enjoyed Jackson's work so much that he wrote the part of Jules specifically for him.
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.
Bruce Willis worked on the film for only 18 days.
Uma Thurman did not actually like the song that was played in the Jack Rabbit Slim's Twist Contest (Chuck Berry's "You Never Can Tell"), and told Quentin Tarantino about this, saying it just didn't sound right, Tarantino simply replied "Trust me, it's perfect."
Speculation abounds as to the nature of the mysterious glowing contents of the case:
  • Could it be Elvis's gold suit, seen worn by Val Kilmer (as Elvis) in True Romance (1993)?


  • The most persistent theory (most usually attributed to a friend of a friend who saw it posted on a message board by someone whose brother had read a report of a radio interview with Tarantino himself) 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 (this isn't part of any known religion, but this is what the message board posters say). When we see the back of Marcellus's 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 666.


  • 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's soul... but that the actor Ving Rhames had a scar on the back of his neck he wanted to cover up.


  • Or could it be simply a 20-watt light bulb?


  • According to Roger Avary, who co-wrote the script with Quentin Tarantino, the original plan was to have the briefcase contain diamonds. 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 2003, Quentin Tarantino was asked by a caller the contents of the briefcase, and he answered, "It's whatever the viewer wants it to be."


In an interview with James Lipton on Inside the Actors Studio (1994), 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, director 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." John Travolta then explained that he was ecstatic to tell his wife that he was "told" in order to research aspects of his upcoming roles' character, he had to get plastered on Tequila and lie in a hot pool. 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 man who burst from the bathroom in Brett's apartment was played by Robert Arquette (whose sister, Rosanna Arquette, played Jody). However he is listed in the credits as Alexis Arquette, the name he later adopted following a sex change.
The cab driver, Esmeralda Villalobos (Angela Jones) appeared in a 30-minute short called Curdled (1991) in which she played a character who cleaned up after murders. This makes her fascinated by the idea of murder. Quentin Tarantino saw this film and decided to include this character in 'Pulp Fiction' but as a cabdriver.
Quentin Tarantino was quoted as saying that Butch is responsible for keying Vincent's car.
The movie cost $8 million to make, $5 million of which went to pay the actors' salaries.
The dance that Vince (John Travolta) and Mia (Uma Thurman) perform at Jack Rabbit Slims was copied, movement by movement, from the dance performed early in Fellini's 1963 classic "8½" by Gloria Morin (Barbara Steele) and Mario Mezzabotta (Mario Pisu).
Jules's character 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, Tarantino liked it, and it was kept.
Jules' "Bad Mother Fucker" wallet actually belongs to Quentin Tarantino. The inscription on the wallet is a reference to the theme song of Shaft (1971). Samuel L. Jackson, who plays Jules, would later go on to play Shaft in the 2000 remake, Shaft (2000).
Selected for preservation in the Library of Congress National Film Registry.
Marsellus and Mia never actually speak to one another on-screen, even though they are husband and wife.
Many people believe that the band-aid on Ving Rhames' neck was an intentional choice by the filmmakers. In reality, it came from an accident Rhames had while shaving his head. When Quentin Tarantino noticed this, it inspired him to open the "Vincent Vega and Marsellus Wallace" sequence with a close-up of the band-aid instead. Ultimately Tarantino liked showing the band-aid rather than Rhames' face because it accentuated the character's mercurial nature and was more visually exciting than a series of single shots of Rhames and Bruce Willis.
The movie's line "You know what they call a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in Paris?... They call it a Royale with cheese." was voted as the #81 of "The 100 Greatest Movie Lines" by Premiere in 2007.
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.
Quentin Tarantino wrote "The Wolf" character specifically for Harvey Keitel
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.
When Vincent calls Lance on his cell phone, Lance is eating a bowl of Fruit Brute, a cereal from the older monster cereal family. Fruit Brute (which, along with Yummy Mummy, Frankenberry, Boo Berry, and Count Chocula, make up the monster cereals) was later discontinued, along with "Yummy Mummy." Quentin Tarantino has held onto a box and drops it into scenes from time to time. It appeared in Reservoir Dogs (1992), too.
Some of the scenes of Jimmie Dimmick were directed by an uncredited Robert Rodriguez.
The role of Vincent Vega was originally (and exclusively) written with Michael Madsen firmly in mind. Tarantino had been working on his script for 7 months and, even though Madsen knew of Quentin's plans and had expressed his desire to play the part, two weeks before the script was completed Madsen opted instead for the role of Virgil Earp in Wyatt Earp (1994).
The movie that Lance is watching when Vincent arrives with overdosed Mia is The Three Stooges short, Brideless Groom (1947). Quentin Tarantino is an avid Three Stooges fan, but couldn't get the rights from Comedy III to show them in the movie. So while a Three Stooges film appears on screen ("Brideless Groom" is public domain), the Three Stooges themselves do not. Emil Sitka, the frequent Three Stooges co-star who does appear on screen, is credited as "Hold hands you lovebirds".
Trudi (Bronagh Gallagher) can be seen wearing a T-shirt of Irish rock band The Frames. She appeared in The Commitments (1991) with Glen Hansard, the lead singer of The Frames; they became friends, and she promised him she would wear a Frames T-shirt if she got a part in 'Pulp Fiction'. Coincidentally, in 2008, John Travolta awarded the Oscar for Best Original Song to Hansard for the film Once (2006).
The marquee where Butch boxes advertises the following fights: "Coolidge vs Wilson" and "Vossler vs Martinez". The first is a reference to United States Presidents Calvin Coolidge and Woodrow Wilson, the second is a reference to Russell Vossler and Jerry Martinez, who are two friends of Tarantino's from when he worked in a video store. See also Crimson Tide (1995).
Mia Wallace's comment "An Elvis man should love this" is a reference to an earlier scene (cut from some 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.
The parts of "Honey Bunny" and "Pumpkin" were written specifically for Amanda Plummer and Tim Roth.
The board games "The Game of Life" and "Operation" are both seen on a table while Vincent and Lance are administering the adrenaline shot.
Quentin Tarantino is an avid collector of vintage TV show board games. During the filming of 'Pulp Fiction', he and John Travolta were reported to have sat on the floor and played the Welcome Back, Kotter (1975) board game.
Courtney Love claimed that Quentin Tarantino originally wanted Kurt Cobain and her to play Lance and Jody. However, Tarantino denies ever having even met Kurt, much less offering him a part.
Pam Grier auditioned for the role of Lance's wife Jody. Though she had a great audition, Quentin Tarantino decided not to cast her because he could not imagine Grier getting pushed around the way the character does.
Steven Martinez (brother of chief graphic designer, Gerald Martinez) is credited with "Very Special Thanks". He painted the portrait of Mia (Uma Thurman) that hangs in Marsellus' house.
In both the diner bathroom and in the bathroom in Butch's apartment, Vince is reading a copy of the Peter O'Donnell book "Modesty Blaise". Quentin Tarantino has expressed the desire to film a "Modesty Blaise" movie, and "sponsored" a direct-to-video release of the movie "My Name is Modesty."
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 seen in the reflection.
A "KILLIANS RED" neon sign at the pawn shop is partially lit. It reads: "KILL ED".
The screenplay says that Zed and Maynard are brothers.
The T-shirt that Jimmy gives to Vincent after they get hosed down bears the logo for the UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs. This is not a joke; the banana slug is really the official mascot of UCSC.
Daniel Day-Lewis (who incidentally shares a birthday with Uma Thurman) wanted the role of Vincent Vega, but Quentin Tarantino turned him down in favor of John Travolta.
Quentin Tarantino had originally intended "My Sharona" (by The Knack) to be played during the Gimp torture sequence - but the rights had already been licensed to another film, Reality Bites (1994). On top of this, one of the members of the band had become a born again Christian, and didn't want the song to be associated with a scene of sexual violence.
In a cut scene Vincent tells Mia he's been fantasizing about being beaten up by Emma Peel of The Avengers (1961). Uma Thurman later played Emma Peel in The Avengers (1998).
Upon the films 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".
Harvey Keitel convinced his friend Bruce Willis to take part in the film, knowing that Willis had been a big fan of Reservoir Dogs (1992).
The gun Vincent uses is a 1911A1 Auto Ordnance .45 ACP pistol that has been chromed and given mother of pearl grips. Jules' gun is a Star Model B 9mm pistol that has been chromed and given mother of pearl grips, too.
Julia Sweeney (Raquel) and Stephen Hibbert (the Gimp) were a married couple, but divorced in 1994.
Knoxville, Tennessee, where Butch was meeting his connection and where his great-grandfather bought the gold watch, is also Quentin Tarantino's birthplace.
James Gandolfini was considered for the role of Vincent Vega.
Isabella Rossellini, Meg Ryan, Daryl Hannah, Joan Cusack and Michelle Pfeiffer were all interviewed for the role of Mia Wallace. Out of all of them, Tarantino said he preferred Pfeiffer.
Other actors considered for the film included Daniel Day-Lewis as Vincent, Mickey Rourke, Matt Dillon and Sylvester Stallone as Butch, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daryl Hannah, Meg Ryan, Joan Cusack and Isabella Rossellini as Mia. Rosanna Arquette also auditioned for Mia, but was offered Jody instead.
The restaurant scene was filmed at the Hawthorne Grill (originally Holly's) located at 13763 Hawthorne Blvd., Hawthorne, CA. The building was demolished soon after filming.
In the screenplay, Butch is a featherweight boxer but in the film, Butch's opponent Wilson has his weight announced as "210 pounds" - implying that Butch is a heavyweight.
Ranked #1 movie in Entertainment Weekly's "The New Classics: Movies" (issue #1000, July 4, 2008).
Quentin Tarantino wrote two of the three stories before he wrote Reservoir Dogs (1992) and True Romance (1993). After the success of those films, he decided to write a third story, intending to have each segment directed by a different person.
There is a persistent myth that that all the clocks in the movie are set to 4:20 (although, certainly all the clocks on the wall in the pawn shop are set to 4:20). However, in at least two scenes it is obvious that this is not the case. In the "Bonnie Situation" while Jimmy, Vince and Jules are drinking coffee in the kitchen, the clock clearly reads 8:15. Secondly, when Vince and Jules go to retrieve the briefcase, it is "7:22 in the a.m.". The significance of the time 4:20 is that it is slang for smoking marijuana.
The Ezekiel bible quote was taken from any early draft of From Dusk Till Dawn (1996). Harvey Keitel's character was supposed to say it; while walking backwards down the hallway facing the vampires.
Originally set to be released by Tri-Star, the studio got cold feet when they read the script.
In 2007, the American Film Institute ranked this as the #94 Greatest Movie of All Time.
Voted #9 on Empire magazine's 500 Greatest Movies Of All Time (September 2008).
Ranked #7 on the American Film Institute's list of the 10 greatest films in the genre "Gangster" in June 2008.
Late in the film when they take the car to the wreckers, Mr Wolf playfully calls Vincent "Lash LaRue". Lash La Rue was an actor who frequently played cowboys in western movies in the 1940s and 50s. He was particularly skilled with a bull whip and would use it to subdue the villains.
In the script, the character of Paul the bartender (played by Paul Calderon) is referred to as "English Bob" (Jules even refers to English Bob, saying "Yeah, [Winston Wolf] is about as European as fucking English Bob"), but his line "My name's Paul, and this is between y'all" apparently stuck, as he is credited as 'Paul' in the credits.
In "The Bonnie Situation" Jules says "Kool and the Gang", the second track at the start of the movie is "Jungle Boogie" by Kool & The Gang (when it sounds like someone has changed tracks on the radio) and can be heard in the background whilst Jules and Vince are talking about Amsterdam and "the little differences".
Several TriStar executives favored Gary Oldman for the role of Lance, based on his portrayal of a similar character in the Quentin Tarantino-written True Romance.
Picked by Entertainment Weekly magazine as one of the "50 Greatest Independent Films" in a special supplement devoted to independent films that was only distributed to subscribers in November 1997.
This movie contains two product placements for real world products - a first for a Quentin Tarantino movie. When Esmerelda is waiting outside the arena for Butch we can clearly see 'THERMOS' on the bottom of the cup she is drinking from. When Mia is rolling a cigarette at home while Vincent is in the bathroom, a package of 'Drum' tobacco is on the table.
It reads in the script that "The Bonnie Situation" was originally supposed to be titled "Jules, Vincent, Jimmie and The Wolf".
In the Jack Rabbit Slim scene Mia never actually eats the cherry from her five dollar shake.
Dick Miller filmed a brief scene playing Monster Joe, the owner of the junkyard of same name and the place where Wolf disposes the bloody car. However, Miller's scene was cut from the movie (but can be found on the dvd).
Jimmie (Quentin Tarantino) is wearing a T-shirt bearing the logo of "Orbit", a local alternative newspaper in Metro Detroit, for which Tarantino did an interview when he was promoting Reservoir Dogs (1992). See also the WWW-links section.
Alfre Woodard, Halle Berry and Annabella Sciorra auditioned for the role of Mia Wallace.
According to her manager, Julia Louis-Dreyfus turned down the of Mia Wallace due to her commitment to "Seinfeld".
Sylvester Stallone was briefly considered for the role of Butch.
Jules' car, a 1974 Chevy Nova, is never seen in full frame; only the interior or parts of the exterior are visible.
The role of Fabienne was written with Swiss actress Irène Jacob in mind. Jacob turned down the role to star in Three Colors: Red (1994) (English language title "Three Colors: Red").
Quentin Tarantino originally wanted Christopher Jones for the role of Zed.
Mia and Vincent never won the trophy at the Jack Rabbit Slim's, they actually stole it. When Butch is sneaking back to his apartment for his watch you can hear a story on his neighbours TV talking about it.
Roger Avary's credit stems from the incorporation of his short film script for "Pandemonium Reigns" forming a core element of Quentin Tarantino's screenplay. Avary's input can largely be found in the Butch/Fabienne scenes.
In the scene where Vinnie picks Mia up from Marsellus's house, the record needle lifting off the turntable (as Dusty Springfield's "Son Of A Preacher Man" cuts off abruptly) is on an Audio Technica P-mount cartridge; an inexpensive item, in an otherwise lavish house.

Cameo 

Steve Buscemi:  Having to refuse the role of Jimmie due to scheduling conflicts, Buscemi appears as the Buddy Holly waiter in Jack Rabbit Slim's. As Mr. Pink in Reservoir Dogs (1992), he refused to tip wait staff.
Lawrence Bender:  film's producer is one of the long-haired yuppies at the coffee shop.

Director Trademark 

Quentin Tarantino:  [comic books]  Mia's character of Raven McCoy on her pilot for Fox Force Five is related to three characters of the X-Men series. The name Raven can be derived from Raven Darkholme, the real name of "Mystique" while the surname McCoy is the last name of the character "Beast" whose real name is Hank McCoy. Also, Mia describes her character as having been raised by circus performers, the same upbringing as Kurt Wagner aka "Nightcrawler". Ironically all three characters are blue. Also, Fox Force Five is an alliterative name, a common theme in Marvel comics.
Quentin Tarantino:  [long take]  When Jules and Vincent step out of the elevator for their "foot massage" debate, we follow them all the way through the labyrinthine hallways to Brett's door, past Brett's to a window and finally, back to Brett's door again, all in a single take.
Quentin Tarantino:  [bare feet]  Uma Thurman is barefoot for most of the movie.
Quentin Tarantino:  [red apple cigarettes]  Pumpkin also has a pack of Red Apples lying in front of him in the opening scene. The red apple and the green worm can be made out when looking closely.
Quentin Tarantino:  [feet]  The cab driver, Esmarelda, does not have shoes on.
Quentin Tarantino:  [Netherlands]  Tarantino wrote the script in Amsterdam, in a hotel room and in the "coffee shop" (Dutch euphemism for hash-bar) Betty Boop. He stayed for several months, and left the video rental store "Cult Video" with an unpaid bill of about $150. This stay explains the references to Dutch culture and customs at the beginning of the movie. Vincent tells his heroin dealer that "I just got back from Amsterdam" and discusses it with Jules in their opening scene. In the conversation in the Jack Rabbit Slims restaurant, Mia mentions that she goes to Amsterdam to "chill out" for a month or two every now and again. In the same restaurant, Vincent smokes Drum, which is a Dutch rolling tobacco. Also, the book version of the movie's screenplay includes some cut dialogue between Vincent and Mia - he realizes that she was "the girl in the cowboy hat" in a photo at a hash bar they both visited, the Cobra, which is right across from the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam. Also Butch often calls Fabienne "tulip", a cultural symbol of the Netherlands.
Quentin Tarantino:  [Red Apple cigarettes]  Butch smokes "Red Apple" cigarettes. The same brand is smoked by Tim Roth's character in Four Rooms (1995).
Quentin Tarantino:  [corpse view]  After Marsellus is hit by Butch's car we see the camera from Marsellus' "corpse" of the pedestrians looking down at him.
Quentin Tarantino:  [Chiba]  During an interview Tarantino admitted that Jules' Samuel L. Jackson Bible quote of Ezekiel 25:17 was something he remembered from the Shin'ichi Chiba movie Karate Kiba (1976) aka The Bodyguard. He said he never read it in the Bible, and it is taken almost word for word from that film. Tarantino has always been a Chiba fan and has included references to him in True Romance (1993) and a cameo by Chiba in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003).
Quentin Tarantino:  [singing over music]  Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman) sings and dances over "Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon" when she comes home from Jack Rabbit Slim's with Vincent Vega (John Travolta). Butch (Bruce Willis) also sings over "Flowers On The Wall", but doesn't dance since he's driving.
Quentin Tarantino:  [long take]  When Butch gets out of the Honda to retrieve his watch, we follow him around a building, through a hole in a fence until he is across the street from the apartment.
Quentin Tarantino:  [Feet]  close up shots of Mia Wallace's feet, and dancing barefoot.
Quentin Tarantino:  [Red Apple cigarettes]  When Vincent (John Travolta) and Mia (Uma Thurman) sit down at Jack Rabbit Slims, she takes out a pack of cigarettes.

Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

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.") If you count the flashback, the first scene would then be when Captain Koons (Christopher Walken) visits the young Butch and gives him the watch.) Scene titles: Vince and Jules, The Bonnie Situation, The Diner I, The Diner II, Jack Rabbit Slims and The Gold Watch.
Chronologically, the last scene in the movie is Butch and Fabienne riding away on a motorcycle. The very first sound you can hear in the movie is of the same motorcycle engine.
A scene removed from the final film involves 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.
In the opening sequence with Honey Bunny and Pumpkin, Jules can be heard talking about quitting "the life", and Vincent can be seen entering the bathroom.
According to an interview with Phil LaMarr, it was he who came up with the idea of his character Marvin being shot in the face. Marvin was originally supposed to be accidentally shot in the throat and survive. Knowing that Marvin would die a slow, painful death, Vincent and Jules decide that Marvin should be shot in the head and put out of his misery. Knowing that this would make the characters unlikeable, LaMarr took his idea to Quentin Tarantino and he agreed to it, figuring that a single-bullet kill would be funnier.
Body count: 8 (6 onscreen, 2 mentioned).
Vincent leaves the diner with the book he reads while on the toilet, and it is visible when he gets shot in Butch's house.
The machine pistol used to kill Vincent is a Military Armament Corporation "M10", also known as a Mac-10. It fires about 1000 rounds per minute and has a load capacity of 30 9mm shots. Given the length of time that Vincent is shot, he probably takes the complete magazine.
Something bad happens every time Vincent (John Travolta) goes to the bathroom which, upon his exiting, involves him (ie Mia overdosing, Pumpkin and Honey Bunny robbing the restaurant, Butch picking up the gun).
According to Samuel L. Jackson, Quentin Tarantino originally wanted Max Julien to play Marsellus Wallace but Julien turned the role down, objecting to the rape scene. Jackson told Mark Seal in the Vanity Fair article 'Cinema Tarantino: The Making of Pulp Fiction': "Max Julien wasn't going to do that. He's the Mack. He's Goldie. He's like, 'No, I don't think my fans want to see that.' "

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