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In True Romance, there is a scene where Vincenzo Coccotti (Christopher Walken) interrogates Clifford Worley (Dennis Hopper) on Worley's son's whereabouts.

After Worley tries a couple of failed lies, he then decides to give a derogatory history lesson on the Sicilians. This speech infuriates Coccotti to the point where his only focus becomes to put several bullets in Worley's head.

So, before the gunshots, everyone is smiling and laughing and Coccotti says to Worley

You're a Cantaloupe

This is in response to being called another type of fruit by Worley.

I don't understand why Coccotti called Worley a cantaloupe.

Is there any meaning behind this or was he just trying to go tit-for-tat and that was the best response he could come up with?

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this was entirely ad-libbed, as was the laughing –  user1931 Aug 21 '12 at 21:07
    
@ray023 it seems my quick answer is incorrect and I would like to delete it but you need to accept the other answer. –  EdChum Oct 28 '12 at 22:19
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This was an ad-lib by Christopher Walken (as explained during his appearance on Inside The Actors Studio) He said... "I was looking at his head, thinking what im gonna do to it". So he was actually comparing Clifford Worley's (Dennis Hopper's) head with a Cantaloupe Melon!

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According to Quentin Tarantino, in several interviews, the following two lines from the "Sicilian Scene" were ad-libbed by Christopher Walken playing Vincenzo Coccotti and Dennis Hopper playing Cliff Worley:

Cliff Worley: "... Cuz you, you’re part eggplant."

Vincenzo Coccotti: You're a cantaloupe!

An "eggplant" is a racial slur directed toward black people. The cantaloupe comeback was a poor attempt at a racial slur but somewhat humorous.

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