The Movie Actress Elizabeth Banks Has 'Seen A Million Times' The actress, whose credits include The 40-Year-Old Virgin, The Hunger Games and People Like Us, says she could watch Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction a million times. "Every character jumps off the screen," she says.
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All summer long, we're asking actors, writers and directors about the movies that they never get tired of watching, including this one from one of the stars of the film "People Like Us."

ELIZABETH BANKS: I'm Elizabeth Banks. I'm an actress. The movie I've seen a million times and can't get enough of is "Pulp Fiction," written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. It stars John Travolta, Sam Jackson and a bevy of other amazing people, including Bruce Willis.


FRANK WHALEY: (as Brett) We got into this thing with the best intentions, really. I never...

SAMUEL L. JACKSON: (as Jules Winnfield) Oh, I'm sorry. Did I break your concentration?

BANKS: "Pulp Fiction" is a series of vignettes that tell multiple interacting stories in a completely nonlinear fashion...


JACKSON: (as Jules Winnfield) What's the matter? Oh, you were finished.

BANKS: ...that involved mobsters and drugs...


JACKSON: (as Jules Winnfield) What country are you from?

WHALEY: (as Brett) What?

JACKSON: (as Jules Winnfield) What ain't no country I ever heard of. They speak English in What?

BANKS: And what's so great about it is every character jumps off the screen.


JOHN TRAVOLTA: (as Vincent Vega) I heard you did a pilot.

UMA THURMAN: (as Mia Wallace) It was a show about a team of female secret agents called "Fox Force Five."

TRAVOLTA: (as Vincent Vega) What?

THURMAN: (as Mia Wallace) "Fox Force Five." Fox, as in we're a bunch of foxy chicks, force as in we're a force to be reckoned with and five as in there's one, two, three, four, five of us.

BANKS: One of my favorite moments in the movie involved a really small character played by Eric Stoltz.


ERIC STOLTZ: (as Lance) Hello.

TRAVOLTA: (as Vincent Vega) Lance. Vincent.

BANKS: He's talking to John Travolta who's on the phone and bringing Uma Thurman to his house...


STOLTZ: (as Lance) Whoa. Hold your horses, man. What's the problem?

BANKS: be shot in the chest with adrenaline after she's OD'd and he says, are you calling me from a cell phone?


STOLTZ: (as Lance) Are you talking to me on a cellular phone?

BANKS: And then says, I don't know you. I don't know you...


STOLTZ: (as Lance) I don't know you. Who is this? Don't come here. I'm hanging up the phone. Prank caller, prank caller.

BANKS: ...and slams the phone down. And I don't know why, but it's such an honest moment to me that Eric Stoltz delivered. I just love that moment in the movie. Quentin has such a specific voice in the movie, and the language that he uses is incredible and completely melodic, and as an actor, that's the kind of language that we all want to speak. I mean, it's almost Shakespearean.


JACKSON: (as Jules Winnfield) And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brother.

BANKS: Sam Jackson has some of the greatest lines.


JACKSON: (as Jules Winnfield) And you will know my name is the Lord.

BANKS: Ezekiel, you know? I mean, come on.


JACKSON: (as Jules Winnfield) When I lay my vengeance upon thee.

BANKS: Those kind of details that Quentin finds in things, Royale with cheese.


TRAVOLTA: (as Vincent Vega) And you know what they call a Quarter Pounder with cheese in Paris?

JACKSON: (as Jules Winnfield) They don't call it a Quarter Pounder with cheese?

TRAVOLTA: (as Vincent Vega) No, man, they got the metric system there. They wouldn't know (bleep) a quarter pounder is.

JACKSON: (as Jules Winnfield) So what do they call it?

TRAVOLTA: (as Vincent Vega) They call it a Royale with cheese.

JACKSON: (as Jules Winnfield) Royale with cheese.

TRAVOLTA: (as Vincent Vega) That's right.

JACKSON: (as Jules Winnfield) What'd they call a Big Mac?

TRAVOLTA: (as Vincent Vega) A Big Mac's a Big Mac, but they call it Le Big Mac.

JACKSON: (as Jules Winnfield) Le Big Mac.

BANKS: That's something that's just been introduced into the lexicon.


JACKSON: (as Jules Winnfield) What do they call a Whopper?

TRAVOLTA: (as Vincent Vega) I don't know. I didn't go into Burger King.

BANKS: "Pulp Fiction," I really feel like, you know, it was like the mark of a brand-new filmmaker and someone that was going to be important and, I think, continues to be important. You know, he just inspired me.


JACKSON: (as Jules Winnfield) Now, whether or not what we experienced was an according-to-Hoyle miracle is insignificant. What is significant is I felt the touch of God. God got involved.

SULLIVAN: That's actress Elizabeth Banks, talking about the movie that she could watch a million times, Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction." Her new film, "People Like Us" opened in theaters this weekend.

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