In the world of Hollywood, there are few producers who can make their mark with the critics as well as the audiences. Well, there is one producer who has made a name for himself as a quality producer as well as a hitmaker thanks to a partnership with one of Hollywood’s best directors. That producer, Lawrence Bender, has become a legend thanks to his working relationship with famed director Quentin Tarantino.
When people think of Quentin Tarantino, they think of his most famous film, “Pulp Fiction.” But what most people may not know is that the seminal film would not be possible if it were not the work of producer Lawrence Bender. The two have had a working relationship that has spanned over six films and two decades. How the two came together is as random an event as anyone could imagine.
Mr. Bender and Mr. Tarantino did not meet a big industry meeting nor at a production office. In fact, the two met at a backyard barbecue when both men were struggling to make a name for themselves in the industry. At the time, Mr. Bender was a little-known producer and Mr. Tarantino was a part-time actor and budding screenwriter. Seeing an opportunity to pitch an idea to any producer, Mr. Tarantino pitched Mr. Bender on the idea of a heist gone wrong.
The result of the pitch became the hit art-house film “Reservoir Dogs.” This 1992 film was the first collaboration between the two. But it wouldn’t be the last. In fact, their next film changed Hollywood forever. “Pulp Fiction,” was the second Tarantino, Bender film. With a production budget of under $10 million dollars, the film earned over $100 million dollars at the box office. And the film earned Lawrence Bender an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture.
Born in the Bronx, Lawrence Bender has over 58 production credits in a career that has spanned over three decades. In addition to “Pulp Fiction,” Mr. Bender has produced other major motion pictures such as “Good Will Hunting,” and “Jackie Brown.” Today, Lawrence Bender is one of the top producers in the motion picture industry.