Thank you, Golden Girls for giving us Resevoir Dogs...
Or should I say "thank you, thank you very much..."
On January 9th, our beloved QT made an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, to discuss his recent Golden Globe win for directing Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. He was then asked by Fallon if he could recount the story of when he was on the Golden Girls.
As a person who has watched every single rerun of the classic 80s sitcom, and an avid fan of QT's, I am so disappointed in myself for not knowing this amazing piece of Hollywood trivia.
As it turns out, Tarantino starred on an episode of Golden Girl's back in 1988, assuming the role of a Las Vegas Elvis impersonator. When the quick-witted mother of Dorothy, Sophia, gets married off to Max Weinstock, Rose accidentally mixes up the invitations, sending every letter to ten Elvis impersonators they had hired, instead of Max's family. When the Elvises get up to sing a rendition of Hawaiian Wedding Song, you can see the Academy award-winner in all of his glory, doing the classic Elvis point.
In his interview with Fallon, QT went on to talk about how he had virtually nothing to his name at the time of appearing on the show. However, because the episode he appeared in was a two-parter, he was paid double for his short Elvis stint.
"I was paid, I don't know, $650 for the episode. But by the time the residuals were over, three years later, I made like $3,000. And that kept me going during our pre-production time trying to get ‘Reservoir Dogs’ going.” Tarantino told Fallon.
I hope Jimmy Fallon knows what to talk about for his next "Thank You notes" segment because I am sure thankful for being a friend of the Golden Girls.