ByJancy Richardson, writer at
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Jancy Richardson

To celebrate his awesomeness, here's 25 facts you never knew about the great man.

1. Tim Roth lay in fake blood for such a long time in Reservoir Dogs that it took many minutes to physically peel him off of the floor. This happened more than once.

2. Tarantino's middle name is Jerome.

3. Madonna disagreed with Tarantino's take on 'Like a Virgin' in Reservoir Dogs. She sent him a CD signed 'To Quentin. It’s not about dick, it’s about love. Madonna'!

4. The voice on Jackie Brown's answering Tarantino's voice.

5. Inglourious Basterds was almost titled Once Upon a Time in Nazi-Occupied France.

6. The working title Thunder Bolt flashes up during the opening credits of Death Proof. This is homage to the original Grindhouse movies that were given different titles for separate theaters and territories.

Blink and you'll miss it: Thunder Bolt hits.
Blink and you'll miss it: Thunder Bolt hits.

7. A paramedic was constantly on set for Reservoir Dogs to ensure that Mr Orange's gunshot wound bled realistically.

8. QT wanted Kill Bill to reflect the feel of 70's Chinese martial arts movies, right down to the 'Chang Cheh' blood shots: popping Chinese condoms filled with red goop.

9. More than 450 gallons of SFX blood were used for Kill Bill I and II.

10. The Reservoir Dogs warehouse used to be a mortuary. At one point, you can see Mr Blonde sitting on a disused hearse.

11. QT picked John Travolta over Daniel Day-Lewis for Vincent Vega.

12. QT actually wanted Warren Beatty for Bill. Beatty turned down the role, but suggested David Carradine. QT agreed, and Carradine took the part.

Total bloody carnage in Kill Bill 1. 
Total bloody carnage in Kill Bill 1. 

13. Michael Madsen reportedly got very upset during the infamous torture scene in Reservoir Dogs. QT had to stop filming more than once to calm him down.

14. Actors in Inglourious Basterds turned to the camera and said 'Hello Sally' at the end of every take. This was an in-joke with editor Sally Menke, a long-time Tarantino collaborator.

15. Reservoir Dogs had such a shoestring budget that actors wore almost entirely their own clothes or donations, including the iconic tracksuit jacket.

16. The infamous Bad Mutha F***a wallet in Pulp Fiction was QT's own. It's a reference to classic blaxploitation movie Shaft.

17. The title for Reservoir Dogs came from a customer's mispronunciation of Au Revoir Les Enfants at Tarantino's old video store.

18. When Samuel L. Jackson quotes 'scripture' in Pulp Fiction, it's mostly just stuff made up by him and QT.

It could have been Daniel Day-Lewis on that toilet.
It could have been Daniel Day-Lewis on that toilet.

19. You know Hattori Hanzo is hiding his secret identity as a sushi chef in Okinawa? This is a joke about how famously bad Okinawa sushi is.

20. Nation's Pride - the movie-within-a-movie in Inglourious Basterds - was directed by Eli Roth.

21. To revise for her role in Kill Bill, Uma Thurman was instructed to watch The Killer, Coffy and A Fistful of Dollars.

22. For the grainy, old-style effect on Death Proof, the film itself was physically scratched rather than using digital effects.

23. When Tarantino was asked about the intentionally misspelled Inglourious Basterds, he replied 'I'm never going to explain would just take the piss out of it.'

24. The title for 'Death Proof' came to Tarantino when he told a friend he was worried about road safety for a new car. The friend replied, 'Well, you could take any car and give it to a stunt team, and for $10,000 or $15,000, they can death-proof it for you.'

25. Don't let John Travolta into your restroom! Every time Vega visits a toilet, something BAD happens.


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