“My black dialogue can be even more musical”: Quentin Tarantino Became Furious After Samuel L. Jackson Stole His Limelight Despite Working Together for Years

Quentin Tarantino Became Furious After Samuel L. Jackson Stole His Limelight Despite Working Together for Years
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Quentin Tarantino and Samuel L. Jackson have been good friends ever since they met on the sets of the 1994 movie Pulp Fiction. With Tarantino being an iconic and veteran director, his movies are bound to get creative.


And who better to act upon this creativeness other than Samuel L Jackson? Although Tarantino writes the dialogues for Jackson’s character in every Tarantino film that he is cast in, the director has one problem. He hates it when people think that The Avengers actor came up with his own dialogues and does not give credit to Tarantino.

John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction (1994).
John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction (1994).

Quentin Tarantino Hates It When People Praise Samuel L. Jackson

Ever since working together on the sets of Pulp Fiction back in 1994, Tarantino has developed quite a bonding with Samuel L. Jackson. After 1994, the director made it a habit to cast Jackson in every movie that he directed in a major role or just a mere cameo.

Quentin Tarantino on the sets of Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood
Quentin Tarantino on the sets of Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

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With years gone by, fans praised Samuel L. Jackson for his ability to curse on-screen like in a Broadway musical. The curses get more intense if it’s a Tarantino movie since the director has often found himself in controversies for writing several words that people shouldn’t say in his scripts. Well, people praised Jackson’s ability to curse and that is exactly what Tarantino hates.

“I get pissed off that people think Sam came up with most of his own dialogue, ‘cause I wrote f***in’ Sam’s dialogue, all right. Part of the reason we love working with each other is Sam has the ability when I write dialogue, especially when I write black dialogue…umm… my black dialogue can be even more musical, all right? My dialogue’s musical anyway, it just gives it complete license to be musical.”

The director ended his talk with a sweet note that no one can sing his scripts the way Samuel Jackson does.


“No one really quite sings it like the music it’s supposed to be the way Sam does.”

There was an instance when Tarantino wrote a character with Samuel Jackson in mind but realized later that the actor wouldn’t actually be suitable for the role.

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When Quentin Tarantino Wanted Samuel Jackson In Kill Bill 

Quentin Tarantino on the sets of Kill Bill 1
Quentin Tarantino on the sets of Kill Bill 1

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One of the most iconic franchises that Tarantino has ever made is the Kill Bill franchise. Encompassing a revenge story over two movies, Uma Thurman shined in the role of The Bride with David Carradine as Bill.

Well, Quentin Tarantino admitted that when he first started writing the script for Kill Bill Vol. 1, the antagonist character of Bill was written with Samuel L. Jackson in mind.

“I definitely often write for Sam Jackson. I know his rhythms. I feel like he can turn my lines into poetry. In fact, the character of Bill in Kill Bill, when I first put pen to paper, was Sam Jackson. And finally I had to stop it. I knew I didn’t want to cast Sam Jackson as Bill,”

Tarantino is currently working on his tenth and probably final film titled The Movie Critic. Not many details have been revealed about the project but since it’s a Quentin Tarantino film, it’s surely going to be plain awesome.


Source: Ain’t It Cool


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