Quentin Tarantino’s second movie, a huge cult favourite that is just as popular today as it was back then, today we bring you 10 facts about Pulp Fiction…
1. Chronological order
If the film were edited in chronological order, the last scene would be Butch and Fabienne riding off on the chopper and the last line of dialogue would be “Zed’s dead baby. Zed’s dead.”
2. Anything to get Uma
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.
Jules’ 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 and Tarantino liked it, so it was kept.
4. Running it backwards
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.Watch carefully and you’ll see a mark on Mia’s chest disappear when she’s revived.
5. The legendary wallet
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).
6. Choosing the right character
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.
7. “I love you, Honey Bunny”
8. It wasn’t a huge budget
The movie cost eight million dollars to make, with five million dollars going to pay the actors’ salaries.
9. The drifter
10. A lot of times but it’s effective
The word “fuck” is used 265 times.