In-jokes are all the rage these days, a fun way to acknowledge that your cast has a life outside the movie you are presently seeing them in, and probably few actors lend themselves to the in-joke better than Samuel L. Jackson. The actor has had roles big and small in a great many of the most iconic movies of the last 20 years, but perhaps none are more known, or quotable, than Pulp Fiction. It would not be out of the question to say that the Quentin Tarantino movie made Jackson a star, and it did so with one monologue in particular. Jackson’s new movie, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, paid tribute to it one blink-and-you’ll-miss-it scene, and the film’s directors, Anthony and Joe Russo, recently explained how and why they decided to do it. Spoilers follow.
At the end of The Winter Soldier, Fury fakes his death and while Captain America and Falcon stand at the foot of Fury’s fake grave, we see the front of the tombstone including the epitaph:
It’s a reference to a Bible quote said by Jackson’s character Jules Winnfield in Pulp Fiction, naturally, right before he and his partner Vincent Vega kill a couple of guys. It’s one of the most well-known parts of the movie, and a natural choice for a winking reference in Winter Soldier, so when did the Russos come up with it? /Film asked them that very question.
Anthony Russo: Well yeah, we, I mean, we just, we kept trying to figure out what his tombstone should look like and we couldn’t settle on anything like–
Joe Russo: Like what would his epitaph be and, you know, we went through like maybe 10 iterations of his tombstone. And I remember was it–?
Anthony: We were just sitting in visual effects one day.
Joe: Dan Deleeuw, our effects supervisor, came up with the idea to do that.
Anthony: I don’t remember.
Joe: I think it was. But again, you know, we’re always because we’re geeks and we love that kind of stuff, when we make movies, we’re always trying to put it in the movies, our movies for other people, our TV shows. So it’s better to put something in there that is a wink and a smile and excites people than just something bland, you know?
Very true. It was a nice touch, and at this point, considering the ubiquitous quality of Pulp Fiction, I wouldn’t be surprised if Ezekiel 25: 17 were to be one day quoted on Samuel L. Jackson’s actual tombstone.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is now in theaters worldwide.
Source: Geek Tyrant