“It’s not what you say, it’s the way you say it!” If I had a shiny new pound coin for every time I’d heard that, I’d be a rich, rich man. Trouble is, it’s not exactly accurate is it? Great dialogue transcends both the performance and the film from whence it came and has the ability to infiltrate popular culture and consciousness. From the endlessly quotable to the words you wish you’d said yourself, each week will feature an iconic iteration. So in the words of Reservoir Dogs’ Joe Cabot…”Let’s go to work…”
Sometimes words alone cannot do justice to a performance. it has to be seen. Layered with call backs to Walken’s previous acting roles, American post-war xenophobia and some inappropriately intimate (nay, invasive) humour, this scene proves why Walken and Tarantino together (also see: True Romance) are worth more than whatever was in that Pulp Fiction briefcase.
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