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The Best Quentin Tarantino Movie Bit Players

List RulesNo main characters - bit players with very small roles in any Tarantino film(s) only.

There's not a filmmaker alive quite like Quentin Tarantino. His movies are packed with a flourish and flair that's unlike any other artist in the business. He doesn't make that many films, but the ones he does are packed with witty dialog, insane action set pieces, and an overall sense of glee. One of the best elements about his films are the characters, who feel so life-like and fleshed out. And not just the main characters, either - Tarantino bit players are every bit as important to the story and have just as much depth of character. 

It doesn't matter if a character is a lead or only in the film for a few lines. Everyone matters. In fact, those who play small roles in Tarantino movies often provide the audience or main characters with crucial information or motivation. This list highlights all the actors and actresses with small roles in Tarantino films and why they make their respective movies practically masterpieces. Vote up your choice for the best bit players in Tarantino films, even though it might be hard to choose between them.

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    In Pulp Fiction, Marvin (Phil LaMarr) learns it’s very important to have an opinion. The inside man with Brett's crew, Marvin drives away from the scene of supposed divine intervention with Jules and Vincent. In the car, Vincent asks Marvin whether or not he believes divine intervention took place, to which Marvin replies “Man, I don’t even have an opinion.”

    Marvin's response causes Vincent to turn around, gun in hand, to talk to him. The gun goes off (an accident), spraying Marvin’s brains all over the back windshield. It leads to one of the best lines in the movie - Vincent saying, in a disappointed tone, “Aw man, I shot Marvin in the face.”

    • Film: Pulp Fiction
    • Actor: Phil LaMarr
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    He's a cop, he rides a fancy motorcycle, and he's one of the most sadistic characters in Pulp Fiction. Zed (Peter Greene) shows up briefly,  further complicating the relationship between Butch and Marcellus Wallace by adding rape and a gimp. He plays the most twisted game of eeny, meeny, miny, moe ever put to screen, and teaches the men that their rivalry isn't all that important when there's people like Zed in the world. 

    • Film: Pulp Fiction
    • Actor: Peter Greene
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    Jimmie Dimmick

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    When Vincent Vega accidentally shoots Marvin in the face in Pulp Fiction, he and Jules are forced to turn to Jules's old friend Jimmie Dimmick, played by Tarantino himself. Clad in a red bath robe, Jimmie reluctantly helps the gangsters, worried his wife, Bonnie, will come home and discover gangsters doing all kinds of gangster sh*t involving a headless corpse and a car filled with blood and brains. Jimmie's fear over The Bonnie Situation induces a state of perpetual anxiety, putting a hilarious spin on noir tropes -  a bunch of gangsters terrified by the idea divorce and the fury of women.

    • Film: Pulp Fiction
    • Actor: Quentin Tarantino
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    Hugo Stiglitz doesn't get much to do in Inglourious Basterds, but his introduction is one of the most bad ass things in the movie - his name flashes on the screen to a head banging guitar riff. Then follows a backstory narrated by Samuel L.Jackson. In another movie, such a fascinating character would be a lead. For Tarantino, he's nothing more than a bit player. 

    • Film: Inglourious Basterds
    • Actor: Til Schweiger
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