Three royales with cheese, please!
John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson and Uma Thurman — who are all presenters at Sunday’s 94th Academy Awards — reunited on stage more than 27 years after they appeared together in Quentin Tarantino’s pulp fiction.
In a tribute to the cult-classic film, Thurman, Travolta and Jackson temporarily reprized their roles for one last dance. Thurman and Travolta boogied on stage while Jackson joked about their pulp fiction reprise. “Some actors stay in character through an entire shoot, and some, well, they just never let it go,” he said.
“Maybe later we’ll have a $5 milkshake,” Thurman said. “How about a royale with cheese?” Travolta added.
Jackson spoke about pulp fiction‘s legacy. “pulp fiction was a masterpiece, but these two think it was all about a dance contest,” he said.
The three turned their attention to the briefcase — and what’s really inside it. “All of the murder and mayhem that occurred in two hours and 45 minutes was about what was in here. And at the end of the film, they stopped the reveal, and the audience was left to draw their own conclusions about the meaning.”
Viewers almost got a reveal of what was in the briefcase… but were left with an announcement of who won the award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.
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Miramax/Buena Vista/Kobal/Shutterstock John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson in pulp fiction (1994)
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pulp fiction follows several interwoven storylines across multiple timelines. It also stars Bruce Willis, Ving Rhames, Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer, Harvey Keitel, Maria de Medeiros, Eric Stoltz, Rosanna Arquette and Christopher Walken.
The dark comedy was a hit at the Oscars back in 1995, ranking in seven nominations (including Best Picture and acting nods for Travolta, 68, Jackson, 73, and Thurman, 51) plus an Original Screenplay win for Tarantino, 58, and Roger Avary.
“I should have won that one,” Jackson told The Sunday Times last month of his pulp fiction Best Supporting Actor nod, also listing his performance in 1991’s Jungle Fever as worthy of awards.
“But,” the Marvel star noted, “Oscars don’t move the comma on your check — it’s about getting asses in seats and I’ve done a good job of doing that.”
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As for Thurman, she has also appeared in Tarantino’s Kill Bill films. But for fans who are still anxiously awaiting a third installment in the revenge-thriller series, the actress has some bad news.
“It has been discussed over the years. There was real thought about it happening, but very long ago,” Thurman said of reprising her role as Beatrix Kiddo last month during an episode of SiriusXM’s The Jess Cagle Show.
She added, “I don’t see it as immediately on the horizon. I hate to disappoint people. Everybody wishes it would be the case, but I think it’s not immediately on the horizon.”
The 2022 Oscars are airing Sunday from Hollywood’s Dolby Theater on ABC.