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15 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Jackie Brown

It's the only Quentin Tarantino movie adapted from someone else's work (Elmore Leonard's Rum Punch) and perhaps his most underrated.

But how much do you really know about Jackie Brown? Strut this way and find out...

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    Pam Grier auditioned for the role in Pulp Fiction that was eventually played by Rosanna Arquette. Tarantino kept her in mind and wrote Jackie Brown for her.

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    Robert Forster's career was in such a dire state when Tarantino approached him to play Max Cherry that he didn't even have an agent.

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    3.

    Quentin Tarantino makes a tiny cameo in the movie, providing the voice of Jackie's answering machine.

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    4.

    Robert De Niro wanted the role of Max Cherry, which Tarantino had already decided should be played by Robert Forster.

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    5.

    Michael Keaton very briefly reprised his role as Ray Nicolette in Universal's Out of Sight. Although Miramax, producers of Jackie Brown, owned the rights to the character, Tarantino insisted that they not charge Universal to use Nicolette.

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    6.

    Samuel L. Jackson had to shoot all his scenes on weekends because he was shooting the sci-fi dud Sphere during the week.

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    7.

    When Tarantino sent Grier the script she assumed he wanted her to play the Bridget Fonda role, because it didn't occur to her that Tarantino would want her for a lead role.

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    8.

    In his first scene Max is seen exiting a movie, to which we hear the end credits music. That music is the end credits music of Jackie Brown. Excuse us while we blow your mind.

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    9.

    The bag of cash carried by Jackie contained $500,000 of actual money.

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    10.

    Bridget Fonda's character, Melanie, was based on an actress named Candice Rialson, who appeared in many trashy, bikini-centric movies in the 1970s.

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    11.

    Sylvester Stallone wanted to play Lou, the role played by Robert De Niro.

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    12.

    Grier almost didn't receive the script that Tarantino had written for her because he didn't put enough postage on the envelope when he sent it.

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    13.

    Jackie's Honda Civic is the same one driven by Butch in Pulp Fiction.

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    14.

    Christina Applegate was considered for the role of Melanie.

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    John Travolta was the first choice to play Ray Nicolette, but he declined so it went to Michael Keaton.

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