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Kristin Lai

Known as one of the most intense and creative directors in modern history, Quentin Tarantino's trademark style is unmistakable. Given the level of thought and detail he puts into his films, it's no wonder they're ripe with awesome trivia.

Here are 11 facts, Easter eggs, and behind-the-scenes trivia from Quentin Tarantino films you might not know of:

1. Hannah Montana had a hand in adding to Eli Roth's "Bear Jew" anger

Roth's girlfriend added Hannah Montana music to his iPod, which he listened to to get into an angry mindset. He also blames the costume designs saying, “Wool underwear will make you want to kill anything.”

2. Every Kill Bill murder was committed by a woman

This is excluding the anime flashback scenes, of course. But Bill, Buck, Budd, Pai Mei, Vernita Green, and O-Ren (amongst others), were all killed at the hands of women.

3. Leonardo DiCaprio shed blood to play Calvin Candie

When Leo smashes his hand down on the table he accidentally broke the glass beneath his hand. Instead of cutting to tend to his injuries, he and everyone on camera stayed in character and let him finish his scene. He improvises by wiping his blood on Kerry Washington, the look of horror on her face is real.

4. Kill Bill was the first of Tarantino's films to have less than 100 F bombs

There are a measly 17 f*cks uttered in Tarantino's 2003 ode to martial arts movies. By comparison, Reservoir Dogs boasts 272, Pulp Fiction has 265, and Death Proof's extended cut includes 148 uses.

5. Without Christoph Waltz, there might be no Inglourious Basterds

Tarantino was reportedly on the brink of abandoning Inglourious Basterds after the auditions to find someone to play Colonel Hans Landa went so poorly. The director thought he had written an "unplayable" role until Christoph Waltz stepped in and blew him and producer Lawrence Bender away with his audition.

6. Tarantino loves paying tribute to his favorite classic films

Like Federico Fellini’s and Chang-Hwa Jeong's Five Fingers of Death.

Do you recognize that fight siren from anywhere?

7. We almost became even more familiar with the Vega family

Vic Vega (Reservoir Dogs) and Vincent Vega (Pulp Fiction) were brothers. Initially, Tarantino planned to make a prequel about the two brothers. Sadly, since neither character made it out of their first Tarantinoverse appearances alive, it would have been tricky making a pre-Pulp Fiction era movie with both Michael Madsen and John Travolta since they would be too old to play the roles.

8. Diane Kruger was choked by Quentin Tarantino for Inglourious Basterds

Having been underwhelmed by the choking scenes in other movies, Tarantino decided to actually choke Kruger's character (Bridget von Hammersmark) in her death scene. Fearing Christoph Waltz would be too cautious to actually strangle the actress, Tarantino opted to do the choking himself. Luckily, it just took one take of the actress on the brink of unconsciousness for it to be used in the film.

9. O-Ren predicted how long her fight would last

Before getting into her final fight with Beatrix Kiddo, O-Ren says:

I hope you’ve saved your energy. If you haven’t, you may not last 5 minutes.

Fast forward 4 minutes and 59 seconds and the Bride strikes the final, fatal blow.

10. Tarantino will never explain why Inglourious Basterds is spelled the way it is

He once explained why in an interview, saying:

Here’s the thing. I’m never going to explain that. You do an artistic flourish like that, and to explain it would just take the piss out of it and invalidate the whole stroke in the first place.

11. Elle Driver was named the "Calforinia Mountain Kingsnake" for a reason

Daryl Hannah's character from Kill Bill was the only member of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad whose code name was not that of a venomous snake. This comes to play when Bill calls and tells her not to poison Beatrix Kiddo.

Bonus: Beatrix Kiddo's message to audiences

Discreetly placed on the bottom of her shoes, do you think this counts as one of the movie's 17 f*cks?

(Source:, IMDb)


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