PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 27: Quentin Tarantino speaks at the "Reservoir Dogs" 25th Anniversary Screening during the 2017 Sundance Film Festival at Eccles Center Theatre on January 27, 2017 in Park City, Utah.  (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival)
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Quentin Tarantino Came To Blows With An Actor On The Set Of Reservoir Dogs
Considering Tarantino’s penchant for on-screen violence, it’s ironic that he got into a physical altercation with an actor on the set of his first feature-length film, “Reservoir Dogs.” The move jeopardized Tarantino’s career — meaning we almost missed out on “Pulp Fiction,” “Kill Bill,” and “Inglourious Basterds” — but luckily, everything turned out alright.
During the first week of filming, Tarantino went head-to-head with one of the actors, Lawrence Tierney, who played Joe Cabot. The animosity had been brewing all week until it hit a boiling point and the two came to blows. Tarantino justified the fight, calling Tierney a “complete lunatic,” who “just needed to be sedated.”
Apparently, Tarantino wasn’t alone in his perceptions; after the fight, Tarantino fired Tierney, which was met with applause from the whole crew. Although the crew supported him, Tarantino worried he might be fired next, but Harvey Keitel, who played Mr. White in the film, stepped in to take care of any potential tension between Tarantino and the studio.