There are many people looking to make their mark in Hollywood. One producer was able to do so with one of the most amazing films to hit the big screens in the past century. That producer, Lawrence Bender, made his mark with a film that has forever linked him to super-Director Quentin Tarantino.
Mr. Bender didn’t start at the top. Heck, he didn’t even start in the middle. Mr. Bender began at the very bottom as a production assistant on a number of B-level movies before working his way up as a producer of little-known slasher films. It would be a chance meeting with a future Hollywood legend that would change his life forever.
In 1990, Lawerence Bender was introduced to Quentin Tarantino at a mutual friend’s barbecue party in Los Angeles. At the time, Tarantino was just another struggling screenwriter looking to make a name for himself. Bender noticed something special about the fast-talking screenwriter. And when Tarantino pitched Bender on the idea of a heist movie, Bender knew it could be a hot commodity. Bender immediately asked Tarantino to write the script.
Less than two years later, Bender was able to get funding for the film. And a year later, “Reservoir Dogs” was born. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival where it caused a minor sensation. The film’s critical success allowed the duo to make their next film together. And that film would change everything for both Bender and Tarantino.
“Pulp Fiction” would be the duo’s sophomore effort. The film was an instant smash when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival taking home the top prize. Months later, the film would earn over $100 million at the box office and earn Lawrence Bender the first of three Academy Award nominations.
Today, Lawrence Bender is known as one of the top producers in Hollywood. With hit films like “Pulp Fiction,” “Inglorious Basterds,” and “Good Will Hunting” on his resume, Mr. Bender has a career rivaled by few in the film business. As he enters his next decade of producing, Lawrence Bender is looking to further shake up the film business.