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20 Things You Might Not Know About ‘Kill Bill: Vol. 1 & 2’

By 04.17.14

11. Jackass: The Movie had an influence on Vol. 2. Tarantino’s original script called for a much more graceful fight between Elle and the Bride, similar to her battle with O-Ren Ishii. Tarantino decided to make it much more chaotic after watching Jackass: The Movie at Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse.

12. Black Dynamite was cut from Vol. 2. Okay, so Michael Jai White’s character of Black Dynamite isn’t actually in the movie, but White did film a lengthy battle sequence with Carradine that ended up on the cutting room floor because of pacing (and it wasn’t integral to the story).

13. Butch’s white Honda Civic from Pulp Fiction shows up in Vol. 2. Even after ramming into Marsellus Wallace, Butch’s white Civic keeps on truckin’, appearing in Jackie Brown and showing up in the parking lot of the My Oh My Strip Club in Kill Bill: Vol. 2.

14. 450 gallons of blood were spilled. According to makeup effects artist Christopher Allen Nelson, over 450 gallons of fake blood were used over the course of filming both movies.

15. Tarantino slips in a home state reference. Just like all of his previous films, Tarantino found a way to give a nod to his home state of Tennessee in Vol. 2. The can that Budd uses as a spittoon is labeled Oak Ridge Coffee. Oak Ridge is a town just outside of Knoxville, TN where Tarantino was born.

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16. Vol. 1’s animated assassination sequence was inspired by a Bollywood film. Tarantino has been pretty open about the influence he draws from other filmmakers and told Indian director Anurag Kashyap that Vol. 1’s animation sequence was largley inspired by the animated murder scene from the 2001 film, Aalavandhan. (Skip to 4:40 for the animated violence to kick in.)

17. Many Bills were considered before going with David Carradine. Kevin Costner was considered for the part, but was busy with Open Range. Jack Nicholson, Kurt Russell, Mickey Rourke, and Burt Reynolds were also on the table as well. Tarantino was ready to sign Warren Beatty, but had second thoughts about the actor when, according to Michael Madsen, Beatty expressed that he “didn’t get what the story was about” to Tarantino.

18. Elle Driver’s freakout was partially improvised by Daryl Hannah. When the Bride plucks out Elle’s eye in Budd’s trailer, Elle goes absolutely berserk. Tarantino’s script only called for screaming, but Hannah decided to crank it up to 11 and run into the trailer’s walls because she thought it would make Tarantino laugh. It did and he enjoyed it so much that he kept the take.

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19. When Tarantino wants to film a brothel scene he uses real prostitutes. The brothel scene where the Bride visits with Esteban Vihaio was the last scene of Vol. 2 to be filmed. Filming took place at an actual brothel in Mexico and the prostitutes lingering in the background weren’t extras, but actual prostitutes who worked at the brothel.

20. If there ever is a Kill Bill: Vol. 3, Uma Thurman won’t be the star. Who knows if we’ll ever get a Vol. 3 — it’s been 10 years — but Tarantino has said in an interview with EW that he would need at least a decade to pass before ever doing a third film. He’s also said that if there ever is one, Uma will be in it, but not be the main star:

“The star will be Vernita Green’s [Vivica A. Fox’s] daughter, Nikki [Ambrosia Kelley]. And I know everything that will take her up to this time. Sofie Fatale [Julie Dreyfus] will get all of Bill’s money, and she will raise Nikki, and she will go to take on the Bride. Nikki deserves her revenge every bit as much as the Bride deserved hers. I might even, a year from now, shoot a couple of scenes for it and put it in the vault for 15 years from now so I can get the actresses while they’re this age.”

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Sources: Entertainment Weekly, IMDB, Everything Tarantino

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