It has long been speculated amongst fans of Quentin Tarantino‘s body of work that a universe exists, inhabited by all of the filmmaker’s violent and iconic characters.
Plenty of Tarantino’s characters are already related: Reservoir Dog’s Vic Vega and Pulp Fiction’s Vincent Vega are brothers and True Romance’s Lee Donowitz is the son of Inglorious Basterd’s Donnie Donowitz – and they all smoke the same fictitious brand of ‘Red Apple’ cigarettes.
However, in his recent interview on The Project, Tarantino confirmed that the movie universe these related characters inhabit is, in fact, real.
“There is actually two separate universes,” The Hateful Eight director explained. “There is the realer than real universe, and all the characters inhabit that one. But then there’s this movie universe. So From Dusk Till Dawn, Kill Bill, they all take place in this special movie universe. So when all the characters of Reservoir Dogs or Pulp Fiction, when they go to the movies, Kill Bill is what they go to see. From Dusk Till Dawn is what they see.”
Tarantino has also implied that a character in Hateful Eight has a secret family member in the ‘realer than real’ universe, but won’t reveal who. Have a look at the Pulp Fiction / Kill Bill meme below and prepare to have your mind blown.