Pulp Fiction is one of the most acclaimed films of all time. It reinvigorated a tired Hollywood indie film scene in the 1990s and led to a wide range of imitators. It wasn’t an easy film for Quentin Tarantino to make, and there are many stories about its production. Here are some of the most interesting:
- Sameul L. Jackson improvised the scene where Jules flipped over the table, so Frank Whaley’s reaction was genuine. But they went with it, and it was done in one take.
- In the infamous scene where Mia gets an adrenaline shot, she wasn’t really getting stabbed. The needle was inserted, and then John Travolta pulled it out quickly. Then it was reversed in post production to make it look like he was injecting her.
- Vincent Vega’s 1964 Chevelle Malibu actually belonged to director Quentin Tarantino in real life. It was stolen soon after the film’s release and wasn’t found for nearly 2 decades
- Tarantino specifically wrote a bunch of the roles in the film for their chosen actors, including Tim Roth and Amanda Plummer, who play Pumpkin and Honey Bunny. But the role of Vincent Vega wasn’t written for John Travolta. It written for Michael Madsen, who turned it down to star in Wyatt Earp.
- Uma Thurman originally turned down the role of Mia, but Tarantino was so desperate to have her that he read the script to her over the phone. Eventually, Tarantino convinced her to appear in the film.
- The part of Butch Coolidge (the Boxer) was originally intended for Matt Dillon. However, while Dillon was considering the offer, Tarantino met Bruce Willis. Willis was so keen to be in the film that he insisted that his acting role’s shoot be rescheduled so that he could take the part.
- All scenes where Tarantino appears were directed by Robert Rodriguez, Tarantino’s friend and collaborator