Everyone knows and loves the iconic Pulp Fiction dance scene with John Travolta and Uma Thurman. Boogying together as hitman Vincent Vega and Mia Wallace, the equallyiconic characters revitalized the careers of both Thurman and Travolta. When the memorable scene takes place, Vince is entertaining Mia for the night. As the beautiful wife of feared kingpin Marsellus Wallace, played by Ving Rhames, an attraction between them is forbidden. But their connection becomes obvious, and immortalized, as soon as the pair starts rocking out in the middle of the fictional 50’s diner, Jack Rabbit Slims, for a dance competition.
Their little dance number became a staple from the classic movie. But did you know there is also a video of the movie’s writer and director, Quentin Tarantino, showing off his dance moves while they were filming?
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Quentin Tarantino Dad-Dancing on Set
We always knew Travolta could get down. The actor found his start busting moves in Hollywood favorites like Saturday Night Fever and Grease. But as far as Travolta dance scenes go, I think, Pulp Fiction is the greatest. So you might imagine feeling total insecurity trying to groove along side all that talent. But as Travolta and Thurman, playing Vince and Mia, were getting wild the dance floor for the twist contest, a video was captured of Tarantino also getting in on the dancing scene action — with his own little behind-the-camera dance sequence.
Watch above, Quentin Tarantino break out his own dance moves during the iconic Pulp Fiction dance scene. With “You Never Can Tell” by Chuck Berry blaring, it’s clear that Tarantino doesn’t care what others would think about him, considering he’s one of the greatest directors of his time. In 1994, he discussed what it means to be mainstream, saying:
“My integrity will always be the same. I mean, I might fail. But I find it almost impossible to believe that I’ll ever do a movie for the wrong reasons because — it’s just too hard to make a movie! It takes too long! It’s a year of your life! And I can’t believe I’ll ever do something completely for money because I’m making enough money now. I never want my overhead to get so big that I gotta do stuff I don’t care about.”
It’s very fitting and appropriate that this iconic dance scene would come from one of his movies, and it shouldn’t be surprising that he joins in for the fun. And it looks like he doesn’t wanna stop!
Samuel L. Jackson in ‘Pulp Fiction’
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on October 15, 2020.