Jules Winnfield

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With work on Reservoir Dogs completed, Tarantino returned to the notion of a trilogy film: "I got the idea of doing something that novelists get a chance to do but filmmakers don't: telling three separate stories, having characters float in and out with different weights depending on the story. " Tarantino explains that the idea "was basically to take like the oldest chestnuts that you've ever seen when it comes to crime stories â€” the oldest stories in the book . . . You know, 'Vincent Vega and Marsellus Wallace's Wife' â€” the oldest story about . . . the guy's gotta go out with the big man's wife and don't touch her. You know, you've seen the story a zillion times. " "I'm using old forms of storytelling and then purposely having them run awry", he says. "Part of the trick is to take these movie characters, these genre characters and these genre situations and actually apply them to some of real life's rules and see how they unravel. " In at least one case, boxer Butch Coolidge, Tarantino had in mind a specific character from a classic Hollywood crime story: "I wanted him to be basically like Ralph Meeker as Mike Hammer in Aldrich's Kiss Me Deadly [1955]. I wanted him to be a bully and a jerk".