20 Years Later: 15 Things You Didn’t Know About Pulp Fiction

In 1994, director Quentin Tarantino premiered a instant-classic film, Pulp Fiction. The crime movie did several unexpected things that year: it revitalized the careers of John Travolta, Bruce Willis, and Samuel L Jackson, launched long-standing accolades for Tarantino, and helped cultivate an extended Easter Egg of pop culture references that would appear in not only Tarantino films but also in TV, music and other films alike. As the film celebrates the 20th anniversary of the film’s debut at the Cannes Film Festival, VH1 digs up all the fun facts that fans may have not known about the landmark Tarantino film.

1. Steve Buscemi has an un-credited cameo as the waiter in the diner of the dance scene. He shares a scene with Mia Wallace—played by Uma Thurman—who orders a milkshake.

2. Ellen DeGeneres read for the role of Jody, the wife of Lance (Eric Stoltz), which ultimately went to Rosanna Arquette.

3. Speaking of Arquette, Alexis is one of the men killed by Jules (Samuel L. Jackson) and Vincent (John Travolta) in the scene at Brett’s. The scene took place during “The Bonnie Situation” sequence. Meanwhile, Alexis’s role in the film was one of the few, including The Wedding Singer and She’s All That, as a man before he transitioned to a woman.

4. While Amanda Plummer—who played Honey Bunny—had numerous roles following Pulp Fiction, her most notable was as Wiress in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

5. The McDonald’s Quarter Pounder, which Vincent says is called a Royale with Cheese in France, is actually called Royal Cheese. A minor difference but inaccurate all the same.

6. The Fox Force Five, a show that Mia’s (Uma Thurman) character starred in a TV pilot for is later referenced in Kill Bill. The Deadly Viper Assassination Squad is a reference the Five Deadly Venoms, a group of Hong Kong action actors that starred in several martial arts films.

7. In Kill Bill, Thurman’s character, the Bride, makes reference to her dance by tracing a square in the air. It was similarly animated the way it was in Pulp Fiction.

8. Michelle Pfeiffer, Meg Ryan, Holly Hunter, R. Arquette, and Alfre Woodard were all reportedly considered for the role of Mia Wallace. However Tarantino only met with Thurman and opted on her. Though, she initially turned down the role.

9. While Thurman is often associated with Tarantino and thought of as his muse, she’s only appeared in two films: Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill (combined). Samuel L Jackson has appeared in the most with five recurring appearances (Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill, Inglorious Basterds, and Django Unchained).

10. Tarantino hired a former heroin addict (and friend) to make sure all the drug scenes were authentic.

11. Michael Madsen—who has starred in Reservoir Dogs and Kill Bill—turned down the starring role of Vincent to appear in Kevin Costner’s flop, Wyatt Earp. #SoManyRegrets

12. Before she was famous, Kathy Griffin had a couple lines as a bystander to Marsellus Wallace’s (Ving Rhames) car accident and shoot out with Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis).

13. The 666 briefcase was originally filled with diamonds. However, that was deemed to be too mundane. Ultimately, Tarantino used the allure of the briefcase as a plot device and nothing else.

14. Stephen Hibbert played the gimp. The masked actor eventually landed a recurring role on Nickelodeon’s True Jackson, VP starring Keke Palmer.

15. Danny DeVito is one of the producers of Pulp Fiction. He met Tarantino in 1991 and offered to produce his next movie, which turned out to be PF. DeVito has also produced a number of critically acclaimed films, such as Erin Brockovich and Garden State.

[Photo: Miramax Films]