US film director Quentin Tarantino poses 23 May 1994 with the Golden Palm he was awarded for his film "Pulp Fiction", at the 47th Cannes International Film Festival in Cannes. / AFP / PATRICK HERTZOG        (Photo credit should read PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP via Getty Images)
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Quentin Tarantino Wrote Pulp Fiction’s Characters Like Little Kids
In “Pulp Fiction,” Jules instructs his hitman partner Vincent to “get into character,” as they pretend to be killers by impersonating what they've seen in movies. In a 1994 interview with Film Comment, director Quention Tarantino said of Jules and Vincent, “They're a cross between criminals and actors and children playing roles,” and he explained his analogy about children.
Tarantino shared, “If you ever saw kids playing — three little kids playing Starsky and Hutch interrogating a prisoner — you'll probably see more real, honest moments happening than you would ever see on that show, because those kids would be so into it. When a kid points his finger at you like it's a gun, he ain't screwing around, that's a gun where he's coming from.”
The idea of the gangsters in “Pulp Fiction” being childlike is a fun thing to consider on a rewatch, although it wasn't necessarily something that Tarantino had planned. The director added, “It was never a conscious decision, playing on the idea of big men are actually little boys with real guns. But it kept coming out and I realized as I was writing 'Pulp,' that actually fits.”