Pulp Fiction Trivia

(Total Trivia Entries: 69)

“You play with matches you get burned.”

Want to know where the famous Ezekiel bible quote come from? To find out more trivia keep on reading.

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Tyler Durden appears several times before he’s actually introduced. In the first four appearances, he flashes on screen for a single frame (1/24 of a second):

1. The first scene would be Vincent and Jules chatting in their car while on their way to do a ‘job’.

2. The next scene would be the ‘Bonnie Situation’ when Vincent shoots Marvin in the face and they go to Jimmie’s house to get cleaned up.

3. Then the next scene would be the diner robbery, beginning from when Pumpkin and Honey Bunny decide to rob the diner to when Jules and Vincent are in the diner having their breakfast and get caught up in the robbery.

4. The final scene would be ‘The Gold Watch’ story.

5. The last chronological scene would be Butch and Fabienne riding away from the hotel on Butch’s newly acquired motorcycle, which would mean that the last line of the movie would be “Zed’s dead, baby. Zed’s dead.”



Casting            Stories           Screenplay & Production


Pulp Fiction cost $8 million to make, $5 million of which went to pay the actors’ salaries.


The role of Vincent Vega was written for Michael Madsen, who played the character’s brother, Vic Vega, in Reservoir Dogs (1992), but he couldn’t do the film due to scheduling conflicts for another film.


Daniel Day-Lewis wanted the role of Vincent Vega, but Quentin Tarantino turned him down in favor of John Travolta.


Apparently John Travolta was paid $150,000 for his part in the film.


In an interview with James Lipton on the show “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, director Quentin Tarantino had Travolta research his characters 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”.


Samuel L. Jackson auditioned for the part of Mr. Orange in Reservoir Dogs (1992), but it went to Tim Roth. Tarantino enjoyed Jackson’s work so much that he wrote the part of Jules specifically for him. However, it was almost given to Paul Calderon (Paul/English Bob) 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.


Jules’s character was originally written to have a gigantic afro, but a crew member 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.


Apparently Isabella Rossellini, Meg Ryan, Daryl Hannah, Joan Cusack and Michelle Pfeiffer were all auditioned for the role of Mia Wallace. Out of all of them, Tarantino said he preferred Pfeiffer. Rosanna Arquette also auditioned for Mia, but was offered the role of Jody instead. Other actresses considered for the role of Mia were Meg Tilly, Alfre Woodard and Holly Hunter.


Uma Thurman originally turned down the role of Mia Wallace. But apparently Quentin Tarantino was so desperate to have her as Mia, he read her the script over the phone, finally convincing her to take on the role.


The hairstyle of Uma Thurman’s character Mia Wallace was loosely modeled after Louise Brooks, a silent film actress of the 1930’s, and is known as the Louise Brooks bob (although Uma’s hair is a bit longer but the style is the same). Brooks was also considered one of the first naturalistic actors in cinema compared to many other silent film performers of the day.


Mickey Rourke, Matt Dillon and Sylvester Stallone were all considered for the role of Butch.


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. Tarantino then changed the role and offered it to Bruce Willis, who apparently had been disappointed at not being signed to play Vincent.


Apparently Bruce Willis worked on the film for only 18 days.


The parts of “Honey Bunny” and “Pumpkin” were written specifically for Amanda Plummer and Tim Roth.


Quentin Tarantino wrote “The Wolf” character specifically for Harvey Keitel.


Quentin Tarantino originally wanted Christopher Jones for the role of Zed.


Quentin Tarantino hesitated over the choice between playing the character Jimmie or Lance. He ended up choosing Jimmie’s role because he wanted to be behind the camera in Mia’s overdose scene.


Pam Grier auditioned for the role of Lance’s wife Jody. Although she had a great audition, Quentin Tarantino decided not to cast her because he couldn’t imagine Grier getting pushed around the way the character does. Ellen DeGeneres also read for the role of Jody.


The cab driver, Esmarelda 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.


The role of Fabienne was originally written with Swiss actress Irene Jacob in mind. Jacob turned down the role to star in Trois couleurs: Rouge (1994) (English title: Three Colors: Red).


Steve Buscemi had to refuse the role of Jimmie due to scheduling conflicts. However, he does have a cameo appearance as the Buddy Holly waiter in Jack Rabbit Slim’s.


Lawrence Bender, the film’s producer makes a cameo appearance as one of the long-haired yuppies at the coffee shop.


The man who comes out of the bathroom shooting at Jules and Vincent is played by Alexis Arquette who is the brother of Rosanna Arquette.



Screenplay & Production           Casting            Stories


Quentin Tarantino wrote two of the three Pulp Fiction 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.


In the opening sequence with Honey Bunny and Pumpkin are discussing robbing the diner, Jules can be heard talking in the background about quitting “the life” and Vincent can be seen entering the bathroom.


Jules’ car, a 1974 Chevy Nova, is never actually seen in full frame; only the interior or parts of the exterior are visible.


Quentin Tarantino incorporated aspects of the Netherlands into his films as he loves Amsterdam’s. He wrote the Pulp Fiction script in Amsterdam, in a hotel room and in coffee shop (“Dutch” 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 in the scene at the motel with Butch, he calls Fabienne “tulip”, then she says she likes to be called “tulip”, as this flower has come to be a trademark symbol of the Netherlands.


The Big Kahuna burger brand mentioned in the movie made its first appearance in Reservoir Dogs (1992) when we see Vic Vega aka Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen) drinking from a cup with the Big Kahuna logo on it.


Apparently 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.


During an interview Quentin Tarantino admitted that Jules’ (Samuel L. Jackson) bible quote of Ezekiel 25:17 was something he remembered from the Sonny 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).


Many people believe that the Band-Aid seen on the character Marsellus Wallace’s (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 “Butch Coolidge 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.


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”. However, when he says the line “My name’s Paul, and this is between y’all” this apparently stuck, as he is credited as ‘Paul’ in the credits.


Vincent Vega’s 1964 Chevelle Malibu convertible actually belongs to Quentin Tarantino and was stolen during the production of the film.




Total Trivia Entries: 69



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