Go Behind Pulp Fiction’s Gimp Mask with Steve Hibbert

first_imgIn this industry interview, we go behind the scenes with Steve Hibbert on Pulp Fiction‘s Most Famous Small Role: The Gimp.The man behind the method, Constantin Stanislavski, once famously remarked that “There are no small parts, only small actors.” That’s not just true for actors. When you first get into this business, the prize might be a lead position above or below the line, but don’t discount the incredible opportunity to learn and build relationships while you dash for a cup of coffee for the crew or pull focus with a seasoned pro — or take a small acting role.We sat down with Stephen Hibbert, who had a small-but-seminal part in perhaps one of the most influential films of the ’90s — Pulp Fiction.  He’s in that scene. The most disturbing, outrageous, carnage scene set to surf band music you’ll ever see. Hibbert wasn’t new — he had been an actor and TV writer before Pulp Fiction — but he wasn’t going to turn down this opportunity, born from his stage comedy and the relationships he formed based on pure joy for the work.Image via Miramax.PremiumBeat: Did you know Tarantino, or were you submitted for the role?Stephen Hibbert: I actually knew Tarantino, at the time — around ’93. He was an occasional guest performer at the all-improv show at The Groundlings Theater on Thursday nights, and I was a regular performer. We started hanging out — fellow movie nerds and all that.By that point, Pulp Fiction was in pre-production, and Quentin had given me a copy of the script to read, and you could tell just from reading the incredible and complex screenplay — this was going to be an amazing movie. (Even from the script, Pulp Fiction felt like it could be one of those once-in-a-decade movies, like The Godfather, Raging Bull, etc.) And, of course, by then, the main cast had already been set, and it was all looking very promising/exciting.They were casting the rest of the movie, and Quentin — who enjoyed improvising with yours truly (I was a Groundling for years, and I’m now a proud alum) — asked if I’d like to come in and audition for The Gimp. I replied, “I sure would!”Image via Miramax.PB: You had no dialogue — what was the audition process for that role?SH: The brief (3-4 minute) audition was held in the low-rent “PF” production offices, located in a converted warehouse in Culver City, about a mile or two from Sony. (This is also where several interior scenes were shot, including the basement pawn shop/”Gimp” scene, Jack Rabbit Slim’s, a couple of apartment interiors, etc.)Basically, Quentin and I did a silent scene in which he played The Gimp’s master and ordered me about the small office. I seem to recall I did a lot of the peculiar dance moves and weirdo gestures then — things I would later do during the filming, and I think Quentin and the producers Lawrence Bender and Stacey Sher — who were at the audition, as well — thought it worked well.By the time I got back to my apartment that afternoon, there was a voicemail on my answering machine from Quentin saying, “Congrats! You’re ‘The Gimp.’” (Yes. Answering machine. Remember this was the old days — October of ’93.)PB: Do you think your background with the Groundlings and improv helped you land that gig?SH: Definitely! The number one rule of improv listening, “being in the moment,” “yes and…” helped me to plunge into and commit to a role that (thankfully!) isn’t like me, at all. And, of course, the Groundlings Theater is where I met Quentin. And as I mentioned above, where we would improvise together on occasion.PB: Most of your credits are in comedy — there is something comical to the part, but it’s a very intense scene. Did you play it for laughs or drama?SH: It was a pretty intense scene (he understated). I just played the reality of the scene. I was the mute and helpless slave of these two guys, and I had no choice in the matter but to do their bidding and be their plaything. And the other actors in the scene were/are amazing — that made being present and diving into the moment incredibly easy.It was a closed set on the days we shot (three total shooting days), and due to the graphic and grim nature of the scene, everyone was all business and focused. It was a fantastic experience for all concerned, and we definitely bonded over the course of the relatively brief shoot. I think everyone concerned felt this would be a memorable scene in what was obviously going to be a great film. I guess we just all knew it and did our jobs.Image via Miramax.PB: Did you and Tarantino talk about The Gimp’s backstory?SH: Not really. Quentin really loves and trusts actors; the few notes he gives are mostly technical: “Don’t turn too far to your left, you’ll be out of frame,” kind of thing. He just let me do my “gimpy” thing.I just assumed whoever The Gimp was, he had been kidnapped by the two pawn shop owners and led a life as their slave for God knows how long? We did decide they’d cut out his tongue, at some point, so the poor Gimp was incapable of speaking.PB: Did landing that role help your career? Did it open up new professional relationships?SH: I’m not sure if it helped my career. While I’ve done some acting, I mainly worked as a TV writer and did a number of freelance punch-up gigs working on screenplays over the years — notably all of the Shrek and Austin Powers movies. I do know that’s it is definitely my most intriguing, most famous credit. I think if I somehow found a cure for a terrible disease, my obit would still begin: “Steve Hibbert has died. Hibbert — who played in The Gimp in ‘Pulp Fiction’ — and later discovered a cure for . . .”Image via Titan Merchandise.PB: Any other memories or insight about the film you’d like to add?SH: One memory does stand out in particular. The weekend that the film opened, Oct ’94, I came home that Sunday afternoon to discover about 14 or 15 unheard messages on my blinking answering machine. Again, this was years ago. Almost all of the messages were from men telling me they’d “enjoyed” my performance and asking me “would I like to meet in person?” (Yes. Ew!) This meant those fellas had sat through the end credits to see who played The Gimp, remembered my name, and called 411 for my listing.Needless to say, I unlisted my number shortly after that. Well, after a couple of pretty crummy dates, that is. JOKE! I’m a nice, divorced dad of three amazing kids and pretty straight and normal, as they come. Which makes the fact that I played The Gimp all the weirder.Speaking of my kids, they love the fact that there are Gimp action figures — their Dad is an action figure. And that’s a pretty funny legacy from having played the role.Looking for more industry interviews? Check these out:Round Table: Scream Queens on What Every Horror Director Needs to KnowInterview: Behind the Scenes with Producer Bonnie CurtisInterview: Keeping Score with Film and Television Composer Nathan BarrInterview: The Film Collaborative on Filmmaking Rights and DistributionInterview: The Editor of “This is America” on Building the Iconic Videolast_img read more

WestJet expects Swoop ancillary revenues will be double mainline carrier

first_imgFlying on WestJet’s low-cost carrier Swoop will come with a price: ancillary fees that will cost travellers about twice what they pay on the mainline carrier, the CEO of the Calgary-based airline said Tuesday.Gregg Saretsky said he expects non-fare fees on Swoop, which is set to launch in June, will be very similar to so-called ultra low-cost carriers in the U.S.“We’re about $19 per guest currently on the mainline operation and I would expect that we should be able to get (double) that on Swoop,” he said during a conference call Tuesday about its third-quarter results.WestJet’s (TSX:WJA) fees for services like flight changes, cancellations and checked bags increased 12 per cent in the third quarter to $117 million, or $18.64 per passenger.Between 60 and 70 per cent of Swoop travellers are expected to pay fees for carry-on and checked baggage, added Bob Cummings, who is heading up preparations to launch Swoop.However, higher ancillary fees will be more than offset by lower airport charges and base fares, he said.“Total ticket prices will be 30 to 40 per cent lower at the end of the day,” Cummings said in an interview.He said Swoop should capture some of the equivalent of 30 to 35 planeloads of Canadians who fly daily out of U.S. border airports.Swoop is set to launch with two 189-seat Boeing 737-800s. The fleet will increase to six planes by September and 10 in the summer of 2019.Swoop’s network of longer haul flights and ancillary charges will be unveiled in February when tickets go on sale and will ultimately provide flights both in Canada and to the southern United States and sun destinations.Modelled after the relationship between Australia’s Qantas Airways and Jetstar Airways Pty Ltd., Swoop will fly mostly to different destinations than WestJet, but may also supplement the larger airline on major city routes.Saretsky said Swoop will operate as an independent airline with its own reservation system, operator’s certificate and airport check-in counters staffed by its own employees.“We have been very resolute in wanting to build this at the absolute lowest (cost), so there will not even be connectivity between Swoop and WestJet,” he told analysts.Passengers flying on Swoop from Calgary to Toronto, for example, will have to collect their bags and recheck them for corresponding flights to Sudbury.Swoop’s financial results, however, will be incorporated with those of WestJet.Ed Sims, WestJet’s commercial executive vice-president, said there is still significant demand in the Canadian market to stimulate traffic at lower fares, especially using secondary airports like Hamilton, Ont. and Abbotsford, B.C.However, Cummings said WestJet believes there is room for only one major ultra-low cost carrier in Canada.Unlike startup competitors like Canada Jetlines Ltd. which is also set to fly next summer, WestJet’s existing operations could be used to carry passengers in case of service disruptions.Air Canada (TSX:AC) has said it will use its low-cost leisure travel subsidiary Rouge to compete on the very low-cost market in Canada.Meanwhile, WestJet said it expects the new widebody Boeing 787s that will start entering its fleet in January 2019 will help attract more business travellers.It plans to add lounges at its hubs in Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver and will increase the use of its mobile apps for bookings, check-in and prioritized boarding.Saretsky said many Canadian corporations are looking for better deals because flying in Canada at the last minute can be expensive.“So as much as Air Canada might fight back, we have a massive cost advantage and a product specifically designed to accommodate that type of traveller.”WestJet saw its third-quarter profit grow by about 20 per cent compared with a year ago as it increased capacity and traffic.The airline said it earned a record $138.4 million or $1.18 per diluted share for the quarter that ended Sept. 30. That compared with a profit of $116.0 million or 97 cents per diluted share in the same quarter last year.Revenue totalled $1.22 billion, up from $1.12 billion, with premium economy seat revenues rising 19 per cent.last_img read more

AP Interview Argentine leader sees tough road ahead

first_imgBUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Argentina’s president is celebrating the successful hosting of the G-20 summit, but he says he’s ready for tough times ahead as the country confronts an economic crisis.Macri told The Associated Press in an interview Monday that Argentina struck about $8 billion in investment deals with other nations on the sidelines of the summit — most focused on energy and infrastructure.Argentina earlier obtained a record $56 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund.But Macri said that Argentina has a long way to go in dealing with its economic crisis following a sharp depreciation of the Argentine currency that he called a “disaster.”The peso has depreciated by about half this year and the country suffers one of the world’s highest inflation rates.Luis Andres Henao And Almudena Calatrava, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Fort St John RCMP say woman reported missing earlier this week has

first_imgCORRECTION: The Fort St. John RCMP announced Thursday that a missing 30-year-old woman, whose name was not provided, had been located. A previous version of this article stated that Langevin had been located by police, however, that information was incorrect and we have corrected the article. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP is asking for the public’s help to locate a woman who went missing over the weekend.49-year-old Charlane “Charity” Langevin was last seen on Saturday, June 23rd at approximately 11:00 p.m. when she left a friend’s home in the Edgewood Trailer Park in Baldonnel. Langevin is said to have come to the Fort St. John area from Saskatchewan for a couple of weeks.Police say that she met two men on Saturday evening and has not been seen since. Langevin has not had contact with any family since she was last seen in Baldonnel, and according to the RCMP, it is very unusual for Charlane not to answer her phone, which has been determined to have been off for over 24 hours.Langevin is described as: standing 5’7″ tall, with brown hair, blue eyes, and pierced ears. She has a tattoo of a turtle on her right calf, and a tattoo of a rose with a name on her shoulder. She was last seen wearing a black Harley Davidson hoodie, blue jeans, black half ankle boots and a purse, and is said to always wear a chain necklace with a Harley Davidson logo.If you have any information about Charlane “Charity” Langevin, or where she might be, please contact the Fort St John RCMP at (250)787-8100. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477. just want to quell rumours: Charlene Langevin is still missing! Yesterday we advised that a 30 year old missing woman had been located. That was no Charlene. https://t.co/wDtzdnv5N7— Fort St John RCMP (@FortStJohnRCMP) June 29, 2018last_img read more

Province asking residents to be careful camping this long weekend

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The Province is asking residents to be cautious this long weekend when enjoying the outdoors.Campfire bans remain in place for all of B.C. except for here in the B.C. Peace, in the Fort Nelson Forest District and in the “Fog Zone” on the west coast of Vancouver Island.The 2018 fire season is far from over. While temperatures have dropped, various levels of rainfall are occurring, and the smoke has cleared throughout most of the province, the risk of wildfires remains high. Currently, 518 wildfires are burning in B.C., with 53 fires that are highly visible or pose a potential threat to public safety. Everyone is urged to use extreme caution with any outdoor activity to ensure no human-caused wildfires are added to an already challenging workload. Human-caused fires are entirely preventable and unnecessarily divert firefighting resources from naturally occurring wildfires.From April 1 to Aug. 30, 2018, the BC Wildfire Service responded to 2,015 wildfires throughout the province, with 444 of those fires caused by people. Over 1.25 million hectares have been burned in the province to date, surpassing last year’s record of 1.21 million hectares burned. This means 2018 experienced the highest number of hectares burned in the province’s history.Information about current open burning prohibitions, including campfire bans, is available on the BC Wildfire Service website: http://gov.bc.ca/wildfirebanslast_img read more

City staff of Fort St John will be holding Open Houses for

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Staff of the city of Fort St. John has been working on updating zoning bylaws and is now at the stage to be presented for public engagement.After a modernizing and refreshing of the current zoning bylaws, by making them more user-friendly and making them move into the official community plan, the strategic plans and the master plan it is time for public engagement before Legal review.City staff will use several platforms to engage with residents regarding the zoning bylaws through the “Lets Talk” engagement page online, direct mail and open houses like the recent charrette for the 100th Street update. Council asked city staff to include two dates of each topic on zoning as the first set of times for the open house was suggested for July 30 and 31st. Council was concerned residents that are interested in the engagement process could be on holidays, follow up open houses should be a week or more after the first one.To view the City of Fort St. John’s Let’s Talk Community Engagement Page; CLICK HERE.last_img read more

XGEPLs initiative towards a greener future

first_imgXGEPL has partnered with Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) for the implementation of its green drive in the region of Delhi and NCR, for carrying out conversion of already in-use diesel generators for the existing IGL customers being supplied PNG. In the pilot phase, the company has converted in-use three diesel generators in institutions using Euro IV technology and have been made operational. Apart from contributing to the environment, these gas based gensets would reduce the operational cost by around 40% as compared to diesel run gensets.E S Ranganathan, Managing Director, Indraprastha Gas Limited inaugurated first of this gas based 125 KVA genset at General William Masonic Polyclinic at Janpath on March 11, 2019, in the presence of Yash Arora and Vikram Bakshi, Directors of XGEPL. Xpert Gas Equipments Pvt Ltd (XGEPL) primarily deals in the conversion of industrial and residential diesel generators to operate on natural gas. Their working technology is not only modern and advanced but most importantly eco-friendly which makes it the absolute necessity of the hour. Since the usage of diesel gensets is restricted in times of high pollution levels as per Graded Response Plan (GRP), gas based gensets would be an opportunity for housing complexes, commercial as well as industrial establishments for having unrestricted power supply. XGEPL started its conversion of diesel generators primarily utilising the technology imported from Italy, and later on went ahead to develop and design its own in-house technology which is equally efficient and cost effective to the end user. The biggest USP which gives a cutting edge to the conversions of diesel generators carried out by XGEPL is that whereas the existing diesel generators in India are meeting the CPCB-II standards of emission, the diesel generators converted using the in-house technology developed by XGEPL is designed to meet the Euro-IV standards of emission without much compromise to the output power of the generator. This level of operational functioning of the converted diesel generator is not only one of its kind but also latest in the Indian market. Geared with its technical team which possesses the necessary professional expertise, its state-of-the-art technology and partnering with IGL, the company looks forward to a brighter future and huge support in conversion of diesel generators, not only helping its users to run eco-friendly generators, but to some extent help them save on high operational costs. And, in a broader perspective to help Delhi NCR to reduce its related pollution by a remarkable margin.last_img read more

Entire election schedule made to benefit Modi

first_imgNew Delhi: As campaigning for the final phase of Lok Sabha elections came to an end on Friday, Congress president Rahul Gandhi accused the Election Commission of being “biased” and said that it has a different set of rules for the Prime Minister and for the opposition leaders.”It does not look good to say this but the role of the Election Commission has been biased,” he said, adding that it has different rules for Modiji and different rules for us. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework”Partiality is clearly visible,” he said. “Even the entire election schedule has been made to benefit Modi, but the people of the country understand it,” he said, adding that the Congress believes in the Election Commission as an institution. Gandhi also said, “Modi and BJP have lots of money. They have unlimited money but we have truth on our side and truth will win.” Turning the tables on PM Modi, Rahul said he lost the huge opportunity that he had got in 2014. “He (Modi) forgot that people had not made him the PM to make big speeches, but to put India on the path of development.” Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenGandhi hit out at the BJP and PM Modi for showing the door to senior leaders of the party and said that his party respects the seniors and will make use of their experience. “Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh and our other senior leaders have much more experience. And we will use their experience,” Gandhi said. To a question that Modi was using personal attacks against him, he said: “If Modiji wants to talk bad about my family then it is up to him. But I would not speak anything bad for his family or him and instead, I shall return love to him.” The Congress leader also refused to comment on how many seats the party will win. He said: “I have said it many times people of the country will decide. And on the basis of the people’s decision, everything will be decided. So I would not speak on people’s decision before May 23.” The Congress chief took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not taking any questions at his first press conference since taking office five years ago. “Congratulations Modi Ji. Excellent Press Conference! Showing up is half the battle. Next time Mr Shah may even allow you to answer a couple of questions. Well done!” Rahul Gandhi tweeted.last_img read more

Can The NBA AllStar Game Be Fixed

Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed By Neil Paine, Kyle Wagner and Nate Silver Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On this week’s show (Feb. 15, 2018), FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver is back to help break down the latest in the NBA with Neil and Kyle. First, the Utah Jazz are on an 11-game winning streak. The crew takes a look at what’s going right for the Jazz — and how it might come to a halt. Next, the All-Star Game is nearly here, and The Lab’s members are taking it to the lab: keeping what they like, cutting what they don’t and throwing out some crazy ideas (8-year-olds choosing teams! one-on-ones!) that might make watching it more enjoyable. Plus, a small-sample-size segment on the new Cleveland Cavaliers.Here are links to what was discussed this week:Keep an eye on our 2017-18 NBA predictions, updated after every game.ESPN’s Zach Lowe wrote about what’s real and what’s not for the Utah Jazz.To get in on the All-Star Game fun, you can draft your own team.ESPN’s Dave McMenamin goes inside the new Cavaliers team. read more

How Isaiah Thomas The Shortest Guy In The NBA Became Unstoppable

Just when we thought we’d seen all Isaiah Thomas could do, the diminutive Celtics star found yet another level Tuesday, scoring 53 on his late sister’s birthday to give Boston a 2-0 second-round series lead over the Wizards.The million-dollar question: How? How does a guy who’s 5-foot-9, who nearly averaged 29 points per game during the regular season, continue to wreck defenses so mightily in a playoff setting when defenses are hellbent on neutralizing him?The simple answer is that Thomas and his coaching staff have found ways to make Thomas virtually unguardable within Boston’s offensive scheme; especially since Brad Stevens tweaked his lineup in the middle of the first round, a move that gave Thomas more space to navigate.Stevens all but eliminated Amir Johnson from the rotation, meaning Al Horford is now soaking up a ton of minutes as the team’s lone post player on the court. That switch forces defenses to guard an extra Celtic along the perimeter, which is already a tough task, since Horford is also a good shooter. With opponents stretched that thin, Thomas can make use of his game-changing quickness.That’s especially the case in handoff scenarios, where the floor general can generate a full head of steam while his man is trying to play catch-up from behind. Thomas took more handoffs than any other player in the NBA this past regular season, with 216 plays of this nature according to Synergy Sports. And he’s only gotten better at them in the last few weeks. He has scored on 56 percent of his handoffs since the playoffs began, up from 47 percent during the season. (This would’ve been the NBA’s highest mark during the regular season among players with at least 100 handoffs.)Having Horford as the lone Celtics big helps Thomas’s handoff game immensely. Thomas — the league’s most-blocked player — has been able to get his shots off more cleanly with fewer players in the paint.1Thomas’s shots have only been blocked 6 percent of the time with Horford on the court and Johnson off; he’s been blocked 13 percent of the time when Horford and Johnson are on the floor together, according to NBA Wowy, which tracks advanced statistics across different lineup groupings. What’s more, Thomas’s newfound space has left defenders without a clear way to defend him.After receiving a handoff, he’s a nightmare on the perimeter because of all the different options he has at his disposal. Watch how reluctant Wizards star John Wall is to chase Thomas around the screen here. He doesn’t want to risk barreling into Thomas, who is one of the league’s best players at stopping abruptly once he’s turned the corner in order to draw a 3-point shooting foul.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/thomasoffahandoff.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.In the paint, Washington’s bigs have been just as concerned about how to play Thomas. Stand too far back, and you risk Thomas scoring from midrange, where he is an effective, albeit inconsistent2Thomas’s successful midrange attempts, on average, had far less arc on them than his midrange misses this past season. The 1.03 foot difference was the widest disparity in the NBA among players who took at least 100 midrange shots, according to an analysis run by SportVU at FiveThirtyEight’s request. shooter. Play too far up, and he’ll use a burst of quickness to beat you to the rim, where he’s armed with an array of twists and tricks that help him compensate for his lack of height.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/thomasoffhandoff2.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/ithandoff3.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Trapping Thomas with two defenders as he comes around screens is one option for opposing defenses. But Stevens’s lineup switch, which has the Celtics looking more like the Houston Rockets because of how many threes they’re taking, makes that option a more dangerous choice because an unguarded Celtic shooter is now more likely to be found on the perimeter.All of which helps explain why the Wizards have had no answer for how to guard the shortest man on the court. That Thomas is really good also helps. read more