That famous dinner scene in pulp Fiction was originally scripted to imagine an alternate outcome for the fate of the two thieves. At the start of the film, Pumpkin (Tim Roth) and Honey Bunny (Amanda Plummer) draw guns in the middle of a crowded restaurant before demanding money from all customers. It kicks off the story with some excitement as the opening credits roll as the film’s iconic theme song plays.
We later find out what’s going on with Pumpkin and Honey Bunny towards the end of the feature. It is revealed that they just robbed the place as mobsters Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winfield (Samuel L. Jackson) are there for breakfast after a particularly rough morning. When Pumpkin attempts to take the briefcase Jules is holding, Jules manages to grab his gun and gain the upper hand. After having a heart-to-heart, Jules decides he’s moved on with his violent lifestyle and chooses to let the thieves walk free from the store with all his money.
Speaking from the scene during a recent appearance on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Jackson noted how it was written to be a bit more violent. As Jackson explains, there’s a moment when he sees himself shooting Pumpkin and Honey Bunny to death once he takes control of the situation. Reality then returns, revealing that Jules had only imagined the killings. Maybe that’s how old Jules would have handled things, but after considering going that route, Jules then chooses to settle things more peacefully, going back to what happens in the theatrical ending.
“At the restaurant, when Tim Roth asks me to open this briefcase when I do, I shoot him in the face and shoot Honey Bunny off the counter. When I open my eyes, they’re still there, because it what i would have done before [Jules] had made the transition.
Samuel L. Jackson Still Can’t Believe He Didn’t Win an Oscar for Pulp Fiction
Everyone can agree that playing Jules is one of Samuel L. Jackson’s best performances. Even so, he was not honored at the time with an Oscar, as fans believe he should have been. Jackson happens to agree with them. The actor said so in an interview with The temperature.
“I guess black people usually win for doing despicable bullshit on screen. Like Denzel [Washington] for being a horrible cop training day“, Jackson suggested. “So maybe I should have won one. But the Oscars don’t move the decimal on your check – it’s about getting asses in seats and I’ve done a good job of doing that.”
He added: “All films are valid. Some go to the cinema to be moved. Some like superheroes. If someone has more butts on the seats, it just means your audience is not as large. There are people who have had successful careers but no one can recite a line from their parts I’m the guy who says it’s on a t-shirt… They should have an Oscar for the most popular, because that’s what it’s all about.
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