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John Travolta Checked How Much Money Quentin Tarantino Had Before ‘Pulp Fiction’ Role

Travolta shared how he met the director and helped him with his finances.

John Travolta recently joined a Q&A panel at the TCM Classic Film Festival to celebrate the 30th anniversary of ‘Pulp Fiction.’ He recalled his first time meeting Quentin Tarantino in his apartment before the movie and playing board games themed around his old work.

The gaming session led the actor to think:

“‘Okay, I don’t know this boy, but I need to know how he’s doing financially.’ So I copiously run through his finances with him. I said, ‘Okay, now you’re an up-and-coming artist. You have to have some reserve. So, tell me how much you have.’ And I went through his whole accounting and all that stuff, and I felt a little better after that.”

The Advice Saved Travolta’s Career

Travolta secured the Vincent Vega role shortly after this moment. He later questioned why the director chose him for the part. Tarantino explained:

“‘You had this philosophical viewpoint,’ that he called it, that I need for that character. He said, ‘I want him to be thoughtful about whatever he’s gone through.’ And that was it.”

The actor starred opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Uma Thurman in the 1994 film. ‘Pulp Fiction’ revived his career after several critical flops.

The ‘Pulp Fiction’ Effect On The Duo’s Careers

The indie crime film won the Oscar for Best Screenplay in 1995 and was a big success for Quentin Tarantino’s career. It paved the way for his later films ‘Kill Bill’ and ‘Inglorious Basterds,’ The director’s latest work, ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood,’ came out in 2019.

Tarantino had plans to focus more on his last work in a final feature film titled ‘The Movie Critic’ but recently scrapped them.

Meanwhile, John Travolta appeared in two new projects. ‘Cash Out’ and ‘That’s Amore!’ are waiting for release soon.

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