‘Pulp Fiction’ Cast Reunited for Film’s 30th Anniversary & Paid Tribute to Bruce Willis

Pulp Fiction Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, John Travolta, Bruce Willis, 1994
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Several of the cast members from the cult classic film Pulp Fiction reunited for its 30th anniversary. The TCM Classic Film Festival began last week at the TCL Chinese Theatre and featured John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman and Harvey Keitel in a special reunion. Since Bruce Willis has been experiencing health issues, his wife Emma Heming Willis and his daughter Tallulah Willis came to the event instead.

Before a special screening of the movie, the cast spoke at a panel. Travolta opened up about meeting director Quentin Tarantino for the first time. He said, “He was so adorable. He had the fantasy of wanting to play the games that were associated with the films I was in — like the Saturday Night Fever game, there is a game, the Welcome Back Kotter game. He said, ‘If we play, just once in a while, just throw out a line that you would say, but don’t tell me when you’re going to do it.’”

John Travolta, Harvey Keitel and Uma Thurman speak onstage at the Opening Night Gala and 30th Anniversary Screening of "Pulp Fiction" during the 2024 TCM Classic Film Festival at TCL Chinese Theatre on April 18, 2024 in Hollywood, California

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Travolta added that Tarantino had him in mind for two of his ’90s films. He continued, “He presented this film to me called From Dusk Till Dawn and Pulp Fiction, so he said, ‘By the way, I spoke to you about those two movies; what did you think about From Dusk Till Dawn?’ I said, ‘Quentin, I’m not a vampire person, I’m not a blood guy. It’s not for me.’ So I go, and a week later, he offered me the role of Vincent [in Pulp Fiction]. And I said, ‘Why, what did you see in me that I could play this role?’ He said, ‘You have a philosophical viewpoint that I need for that character. I want you to be thoughtful about whatever he’s going through, and that’s it.’”

APRIL 18: Tallulah Willis attends the Opening Night Gala and 30th anniversary screening of "Pulp Fiction" during the 2024 TCM Classic Film Festival at TCL Chinese Theatre on April 18, 2024 in Hollywood, California

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On the red carpet for the event, Emma and Tallulah made sure to pay tribute to Willis and the film. Tallulah wore yellow and black, a nod to the boxing robe Willis wears in Pulp Fiction. She also wore a black hat with her father’s name Bruce on the front. Willis was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia last year and has retired from acting to take care of his health. He was previously diagnosed with aphasia in 2022. Despite the tough time, the family has come together to support him and make his life as joyful as possible.

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