Saturday, 29 April 2017

Butch from Pulp Fiction


In the movie Pulp Fiction directed by Quentin Tarantino, a telling exchange occurs between the boxer Butch - who's just killed a man in the ring - played by Bruce Willis and a hispanic, female cab driver named Esmerelda:

                BUTCH
                         So...

               He looks at her license.

                                     BUTCH
                         ...Esmarelda Villalobos – is that 
                         Mexican?

                                     ESMARELDA
                         The name is Spanish, but I'm 
                         Columbian.

                                     BUTCH
                         It's a very pretty name.

                                     ESMARELDA
                         It mean "Esmarelda of the wolves."

                                     BUTCH
                         That's one hell of a name you got 
                         there, sister.

                                     ESMARELDA
                         Thank you. And what is your name?

                                     BUTCH
                         Butch.

                                     ESMARELDA
                         Butch. What does it mean?

                                     BUTCH
                         I'm an American, our names don't 
                         mean shit.


This last statement is funny because butch of course means 
'having an an appearance or other qualities of a type traditionally seen as masculine'
which is an appearance action-thriller actor Bruce Willis - not to mention the character he plays in the film, a lethal professional boxer and criminal - is usually associated with. 

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