It's hard to believe Samuel L. Jackson having to audition for anything these days, but if you were to travel back a couple decades you'd catch the man who would be Nick Fury reading like the best of them at a cattle call. Twice in those days of Jackson's early climb to fame, he'd run across Quentin Tarantino and audition for him. While Samuel L. Jackson missed out on that first part (in a "little" movie called Reservoir Dogs), he nailed his second audition which was for a part in Pulp Fiction. And we all have Laurence Fishburne to thank for it, as a mix up in the casting department fueled Jackson's rage-filled reading.
While Vulture interviewed Samuel L. Jackson in connection with his work in Quentin Tarantino's latest film The Hateful Eight, the subject of the auditions he had for Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction was discussed. While Jackson may not have been cast in Tarantino's first film, the eccentric director remembered him upon seeing him at a screening for that first film. Even better, Tarantino promised Jackson that he had a role just for him, which led to the delivery of the script to Pulp Fiction to his doorstep.
As the story was laid out in the Vulture piece, the script to Pulp Fiction had a picture of two gangsters and a note that read, "If you show this script to anyone, we’ll show up at your door next week and kill you." However, this isn’t the famed inspiration for Samuel L. Jackson’s audition. In fact it was a simple mistake that was made as he was on his way in to read for his eventual role of Jules Winfield. Just as Jackson was about to make his way into his audition, someone in the office greeted him in the worst way possible: they mistook him for Laurence Fishburne. This was enough to spark up Jackson’s anger, to the point where when he went into his audition, he channeled so much rage that it can still be felt cosmically whenever he’s on screen.
With the role in Pulp Fiction written for Samuel L. Jackson, it's hard to believe that anyone else would be coming in for the reading if Quentin Tarantino really wanted Jackson for that role. But using an obvious strategy to get Jackson's blood up is something you could not only see Tarantino doing, you could see him doing it with that trademark devilish grin on his face. Either way, thanks are in order to Laurence Fishburne for inspiring such a tremendous performance in the first place, so our caps collectively doff off to you, sir.
The Hateful Eight opens in limited theaters on Christmas Day. It stars Samuel L. Jackson, and not Laurence Fishburne.
DRAGON BALL & KAME:
Kamehameha!!! Kamehameha!!! - Dragon Ball Z Goku Tribute Tee.
Kame, Turtle School's kanji on the top left of the front of the uniform & King Kai's kanji, 界王, pronounced kaiō and meaning "world king" round patch on the back.
Barry Allen wakes up 9 months after he was struck by lightning and discovers that the bolt gave him the power of super speed. With his new team and powers, Barry becomes "The Flash" and fights crime in Central City.
Flash TV Series Trivia:
Barry Allen's father, Henry Allen is played by John Wesley Shipp who played Barry Allen in The Flash (1990).
In order to keep the identity of Reverse-Flash a secret, on the set of "Man in the Yellow Suit," a double was wearing the costume. Although the character would eventually be blurred in the final product, the production crew did not want any wandering eyes to figure out the identity of the villain before the official reveal on the show.
In the Arrow crossover episode, Iris states she'll start calling Flash by his name from now on, the Flash responds "like Ralph or something"? This is a quote from Superman (1978) during the rooftop terrace scene with Lois and Superman.
Caitlin Snow's fiancé, Ronnie, is played by Robbie Amell, cousin of Arrow (2012) star Stephen Amell.
When Barry is showing S.T.A.R. Labs his power, the camera pans to a billboard for Ferris Air. Ferris Air is the employer of Hal Jordan, the alter ego of Green Lantern.
As a nod to The Big Bang Theory (2007), Cisco wears a 'Bazinga' t-shirt and a 'Rock/Paper/Scissors/Lizard/Spock' t-shirt in homage to Flash-loving, t-shirt wearer character, Sheldon Cooper.
The Flash made his comic book debut in January 1940 in Flash Comics #1. The original was a research scientist named Jay Garrick who gained his abilities by breathing in radioactive vapors. The second person, Barry Allen was introduced in October 1956 in Showcase #4. He gained his powers from a lightning strike as the show details.
The mural at the Central City police department features references to both the Flash and Arrow. Two figures included in the mural are Hermes (or Mercury) and Apollo. The Hermes figure wears the winged helmet that was adopted by the Golden Age version of the Flash, while Apollo is depicted as an archer, similar to Oliver Queen's Arrow.
According to Secret Origins Annual #2 (1988), Barry Allen turns into a lightning bolt, goes back in time, and becomes the very same lightning bolt that struck him, splashing his past-self with chemicals and tranforming him into The Flash.
Iron Heights Prison is the same prison used in Arrow (2012), where Moira Queen was being held.
After Barry wakes up at S.T.A.R labs and is being given a tour by Wells, they pass a busted open cage with a sign that says Grodd. This is a reference to Flash's enemy Gorilla Grodd, who would go on to make further appearances in the show.
In the comics, Iris West and Barry Allen get married, and Iris's nephew Wally West suffers the same accident as Barry, making him the third Flash.