In Die Hard with a Vengeance, John McClane (portrayed by Bruce Willis) quotes a line from the song Flowers on the wall by the Statler Brothers while speaking to Zeus Carver (portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson)

Zeus Carver: What am I doing?
John McClane: Cheer up. It could be worse. I was working on a nice fat suspension. Smoking cigarettes and watching Captain Kangaroo.

In Pulp Fiction, Butch Coolidge (portrayed by Bruce Willis) is singing along to Flowers on the Wall by the Statler Brothers giving emphasis to the line:

Smoking cigarettes and watching Captain Kangaroo

Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson both starred in Pulp Fiction a year prior to starring together in Die Hard with a Vengeance.

Is there any evidence that filmmakers added this line in the film as a reference to Pulp Fiction? Was this line improvised by Bruce Willis?

  • Hmm... the line does not appear in one of the first script drafts from 1994
    – Paulie_D
    Jul 21 '17 at 8:28
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    Willis is notorious for doing on set whatever he pleases. Kevin Smith has talked about this at length.
    – BCdotWEB
    Jul 21 '17 at 14:36
  • The lyrics of the song tell you a lot about Willis' characters in the two movies. He's going through some emotional turmoil and he's not doing as well as he lets on. Feb 16 '18 at 11:19
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    @CharlesBruneski: That sums up Bruce Willis in pretty much every movie.
    – Flater
    Feb 22 '18 at 11:40
  • Maybe Willis was more cognizant of the song because of Pulp Fiction, but the song is basically about someone who has nothing to do and idle time on his hands, so maybe that has more to do with it's use than a "shout-out" to Pulp Fiction. Feb 20 '19 at 16:05

it's definitely alllude to Pulp Fiction shot year earlier, where Willis ride on the car and sing this song.

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    Maybe so, but the question asks if there is any evidence. Do you have any to offer?
    – Chenmunka
    Feb 20 '19 at 9:11

This question makes two assumptions:

  1. That since both movies reference the same song, there must be an intentional connection between these two movies.
  2. That since both movies share the same actor, he may have influenced the decision to include said reference.

Let's consider the first assumption; that quotes contained in two separate sources not only reference the quote, but every source that quote is contained within. Following the above logic, Kurt Vonnegut's "Palm Sunday" is being referenced by both movies because it quotes the song's lyrics in its entirety. We could take this assumption a step further and say that every work that has quoted Shakespeare must also be referencing every other work.

Considering the second assumption; that Willis may have improvised the line as a callback his Pulp Fiction character, is more plausible. The only way to know for sure would be to ask Willis himself.

Without direct access to the cast and crew, there is no way to falsify your question. Thus, the burden of proof is on the OP to supply evidence that such a hypothetical scenario exists to begin with. Since there is no current evidence pointing to OP's claim, the only conclusion that can be drawn supported by preceeding points in my arguement is that the relation is coincidental.

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    The OP is asking rather than assuming those two points.
    – colmde
    Dec 17 '18 at 8:23
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    Uhmmmm...this is exactly why I was asking the question. I'm asking for evidence if there is a connection, not some rant about it being coincidental. Feb 22 '19 at 15:45

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