Where Are They Now? Pulp Fiction Stars Then And Now
Quentin Tarantino’s burst of a movie contained nonlinear and interlocking storytelling that still holds up to this day. It gave extreme shifts between comedy and violence to deliver one of the most influential films of the nineties.
Pulp Fiction would rack in seven Oscar nominations, but it’s the actors and actresses that made plenty of noise. What they’re doing now will surprise anyone, and they’ve had some success and failures following the movie’s release.
Steve Buscemi As Buddy Holly
Buscemi only had a small part, a single scene in the movie as the Buddy Holly costumed waiter. Two years later, he played his iconic role in Fargo, but his long list of notable credits are impressive. He appeared in The Big Lebowski, Mr. Deeds, and Big Fish.
The actor also had TV roles in The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire.
Angela Jones As Esmerelda Villalobos
Jones played the cab driver who picked up Willis’ Butch Coolidge after his boxing match. Jones has appeared in dark shorts and indie films since the film’s release. She played a hooker in Man on the Moon in 1999.
That same year, she appeared in an episode of the infamous sitcom Shasta McNasty.
Pete Greene As Zed
Greene played the sadistic cop with the memorable line “Zed’s dead, baby, Zed’s dead.” He made headlines in 2007 when he was arrested after being in a drug sting.
One year later, he appeared in the first scene of the first episode of Justified as a gangster who gets shot in a restaurant.
Frank Whaley As Brett
Whaley’s only scene in the beginning of the film ends with his death. Since appearing in Born on the Fourth of July and JFK, Whaley has since directed four independent films — Joe the King, The Jimmy Show, New York City Serenade and Like Sunday, Like Rain.
He was most recently cast on Netflix’s Luke Cage.
Phil LaMar As Marvin
LaMar played Marvin, a friend of Brett’s. Interestingly enough, the actor was a featured cast member on Mad Tv.
He’s had a very long run of being a voice actor too. He lent his voice for Futurama and The Weekenders. Today, you can still find him doing voice work for Craig of the Creek.
Kathy Griffin And Her Cameo
Griffin did in fact appear in the movie. However, much like Buscemi, her’s was only a cameo. She would play a witness to Butch’s hit-and-run of Marsellus Wallace. The comedian would go on to make appearances on Seinfeld and Mad About You.
She would later appear in The Muppets and Shrek Forever After.
Bronagh Gallagher As Trudi
Gallagher played Jody’s friend who smokes marijuana in the scene when Vincent puts a needle in Mia. The Irish singer followed up with small roles in Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace, Last Chance Harvey, Sherlock Holmes, and Gamblers.
At one point, she was the backing singer of a local Irish group called The Listener.
Maria de Medeiros As Fabienne
The Portuguese actress played Willis’ girlfriend. Prior to the movie, de Medeiros played Anais Nin in Philip Kaufman’s 1990 Henry Miller biopic Henry & June. She co-starred in Guy Maddin’s The Saddest Music in the World back in 2004.
Her more recent roles include such films as The Forbidden Room.
Amanda Plummer As Honey Bunny/Yolanda
The actress was Honey Bunny who was in the breakfast diner at the beginning of the movie. Before her role, Plummer won a Tony Award in 1982 in Agnes of God.
Since then, she played Wiress, a former “tribute” who won the Hunger Games in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
Roseanna Arquette As Jody
Despite not having much screen time, Arquette was the center of one of the film’s most iconic moments. She played Allison DuBois on the drama series Medium. Other than that, her performance in the coming-of-age drama Boyhood received critical acclaim.
She would win an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild award.
Christopher Walken As Captain Koons
Walken only had a few minutes of screen time in the movie. The actor has become a popular guest-host on Saturday Night Live, and his “More Cowbell” sketch continues to live on to this day.
Walkens would go on to appear in many movies such as Hairspray, The Jungle Book, and Irreplaceable. His movies have grossed over $1 billion in the United States.
Harvey Keitel As The Wolf
The Wolf is initially the most memorable characters in the film. Keitel’s role was inspired by his other role as Victor “The Cleaner” in Point of No Return. From there on, he would go on to appear in two more of Tarantino’s movies.
He played Mr. White in Reservoir Dogs, and an Allied Commanding Officer in Inglorious Basterds.
Quentin Tarantino As Jimmy
He’s appeared in Jackie Brown as an uncredited voice. After ditching the role of Lance for Jimmy, the director initially offered it to Steve Buscemi.
But, as we all know, Tarantino went on to direct more great movies and created such iconic pieces such as Inglorious Basterds, The Hateful Eight, and Django Unchained.
Eric Stoltz As Lance
Tarantino denied rumors that Kurt Cobain was up for this role. Stoltz would have a successful career following the cult classic film. Before all of that, he was picked to play Marty McFly before being replaced for Michael J. Fox.
Outside of that, Stoltz appeared in the CBS sitcom Madam Secretary.
Tim Roth As Ringo/”Pumpkin”
Roth also worked with Tarantino on Reservoir Dogs. In addition to both of the director’s films, the Brit earned much more recognition with Tarantino with Four. More recently, Roth played the villain Emil Blonsky in the Edward Norton Incredible Hulk film.
He also appeared in The Brits Are Coming and the revival of Twin Peaks.
Samuel L. Jackson As Jules Winnfield
The most badass character of them all was a significant career breakout role. It led to a long series of vital parts, including multiple films for Tarantino and Spike Lee. Jackson would go on to portray Mace Window in the second Star Wars prequel trilogy.
Recently, the actor played Nick Fury in the Avengers.
John Travolta As Vincent Vega
The Saturday Night Fever star had taken a bit of a career dip before being cast. Daniel Day-Lewis pursued the role, but Tarantino had his mind set on Travolta. The part played a significant role in the revival of the Grease star’s career.
In 2016, Travolta earned his first Emmy Award as a producer for American Crime Story, where he also portrayed lawyer Robert Shapiro.
Uma Thurman As Mia Wallace
It’s hard to imagine any other actress playing the role of Mia Wallace besides Thurman. The actress would go on to be a muse for Tarantino. She would star in his Kill Bill series and went on to win a Golden Globe award for her role in Hysterical Blindness.
Thurman has since starred in the miniseries The Slap and Imposters.
Ving Rhames As Marsellus Wallace
The role of the fictional crime boss was first offered to Sid Haig. When the Blaxploitation movie star passed on it, the part went to Rhames. Thankfully, his critically acclaimed performance opened new doors for the actor.
It led to his casting in Mission Impossible, and his deep voice is the center of the Arby’s commercials.
Bruce Willis As Butch Coolidge
Willis was already a star when Pulp Fiction hit theaters. The actor was coming off a series of critical and box office failures, including Striking Distance. Tarantino went with Willis for his old school physicality. Since then, his superstar career has soared.
After the release of the movie, he went on to star in The Sixth Sense, The Whole Nine Yards, and even had a guest appearance on Friends.