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    37 Fun Facts And Easter Eggs That Make Quentin Tarantino Films Even More Interesting

    This list is for all the film nerds out there.

    Quentin Tarantino showing the peace sign at the 16th Rome film festival in 2021

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    1. Chiaki Kuriyama accidentally hit Tarantino with the ball and chain in Kill Bill: Volume 1.

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    No directors were harmed in the making of this film. Oh wait, in the epic and gnarly Kill Bill: Volume 1 fight scene between Chiaka Kuriyama’s character and Uma Thurman’s, it turns out that Tarantino got whacked by the swinging ball and chain. In James Egan’s book, 3,000 Facts About The Greatest Movies Ever, it was revealed that the scene didn’t go as smoothly or as safely as possible after Kuriyama accidentally hit Tarantino because he was standing too close to the camera. That had to hurt!

    2. You can spot the crew in Reservoir Dogs.

    Camera crew and boom mic operator spotted in Reservoir Dogs scene

    3. Tarantino will never reveal why he purposely spelt the titular Inglourious Basterds wrong.

    Promotional poster featuring Brad Pitt for Inglourious Basterds film

    4. Nearly the entire soundtrack budget for Reservoir Dogs was spent on one song.

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    We all know that Tarantino’s style relies on music quite a bit to emphasize a particular scene, but did you know he spent nearly the entire Reservoir Dogs soundtrack budget on licensing Stealers Wheel’s “Stuck in the Middle with You”? According to the Scottish Sun, Tarantino admitting to paying £10,000 to use the track for Mr. Blonde’s iconic cop torture scene, even though his entire soundtrack budget was just $13,000! 

    5. Tarantino owns the Pussy Wagon from Kill Bill: Volume 1 and loans it out sometimes.

    The Pussy Wagon car and key chain in Kill Bill films

    6. There’s Pulp Fiction easter eggs in Kill Bill: Volume 1.

    Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill red apple cigarettes link

    7. Leonardo DiCaprio improvised this iconic scene in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

    Rick Dalton meltdown in trailer in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    8. Kurt Russell destroyed an antique guitar for this The Hateful Eight scene.

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    In The Hateful Eight, John “The Hangman” Ruth (Kurt Russell) has had enough with Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) playing a tune on the guitar, and decides to snap the guitar out of her hands and smash it into a million tiny pieces. Turns out, Russell wasn’t supposed to smash the guitar, and instead of it being a replica prop, it was a genuine piece from the 1860s that was worth around $40,000. Ouch!

    9. The swear word count for Pulp Fiction is 431.

    Pulp Fiction movie poster

    10. Django Unchained serves up some Kill Bill easter eggs.

    Snapshot of solo monologues from Django Unchained and Kill Bill films

    11. Reservoir Dogs' Mr. Blue was played by a real career criminal.

    Mr Blue from Reservoir Dogs

    12. The title for Death Proof came to Tarantino whilst drinking with Sean Penn.

    Tarantino at a Death Proof event inf ront of a car and movie poster

    13. We are actually told the Bride’s name in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 Before the big reveal in Kill Bill: Vol. 2.

    The Bride's plane ticket in Kill Bill

    14. The cast endured horrible filming conditions for The Hateful Eight.

    Snowy conditions in The Hateful Eight scene

    15. Only Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio were allowed to read the full script for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

    Brad Pitt and Leonardo Dicaprio at an event for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    16. Jamie Foxx’s sunglasses in Django Unchained were inspired by Charles Bronson.

    Similar sunglasses in Django Unchained and The White Buffalo films

    17. Zoe Bell performed her own stunts in Death Proof after objecting to Tarantino’s wish to have another stunt-double film her most dangerous scenes.

    Zoe Bell performing a stunt in Death Proof car chase

    18. Tarantino thinks of My Best Friend’s Birthday as his film school.

    Tarantino in My Best Friend's Birthday

    19. 450 gallons of blood were spilled throughout the Kill Bill series.

    Fighting scene in Kill Bill with lots of bloodshed

    20. Everyone hated Lawrence Tierney on the set of Reservoir Dogs.

    Lawrence Tierney in Reservoir Dogs

    21. The Pulp Fiction needle scene was actually filmed backwards.

    Mia overdose scene in Resrvoir Dogs

    22. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood has an assembly cut of over four hours long.

    Damon Herriman as Charles Manson character in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    23. Tarantino was on the verge of a bust up with one actor during Jackie Brown.

    Robert Deniro in Jackie Brown film

    24. Brad Pitt got Tarantino to change the ending of the Bruce Lee fight in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

    Fight scene in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    25. The red 1965 Chevy in Pulp Fiction was actually Tarantino’s.

    red chevy car and grill in Pulp Fiction

    26. Tarantino spent five years writing Once Upon a Time in Hollywood as a novel.

    Quentin Tarantino Once Upon a Time in Hollywood novel

    27. In Kill Bill, Tarantino originally planned to play the martial arts trainer, Pai Mei.

    An edited photo imagining Tarantino as Pai Mei in Kill Bill

    28. Tarantino wrote Pulp Fiction’s Vincent Vega for Michael Madsen.

    John Travolta as Vincent Vega, and Michael Madsen in Reservoir Dogs

    29. There’s a classic horror easter egg in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

    Flamethrower scene in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood vs flamethrower scene in The Thing films

    30. Eli Roth directed the film-within-a-film in Inglourious Basterds.

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    In Inglourious Basterds, the film saw Eli Roth take on the role of Sergeant Donny “The Bear Jew” Donowitz. Whilst the film credits state that Alois von Eichberg directed the Nazi propaganda film-within-a-film, this is actually a pseudonym which was used by the horror director, Roth.

    31. Uma Thurman got in a bad car accident on the set of Kill Bill, which was also covered up for years.

    32. The famous dance scene in Reservoir Dogs was mostly improvised.

    Mr Blonde dancing in Reservoir Dogs

    33. Leonardo DiCaprio actually sliced his hand open in this Django Unchained scene.

    Calvin Candie bloody hand in Django Unchained

    34. Kill Bill’s production took 155 days, with 8 weeks of this on one sequence.

    Lucy Lui as O-Ren Ishii in Kill Bill

    35. Margot Robbie actually wore Sharon Tate’s jewelry in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

    Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    36. Will Smith could have been Django.

    Jamie Foxx image of Django Unchained replaced with face of Will Smith

    37. The production team had their work cut out for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

    1960s Hollywood set design for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood film

    What BTS fact or easter egg shocked you the most? Tell us in the comments! Why not share your favorite Tarantino film of all time while you're there!