There are some legendary producers in Hollywood whose singular vision help shape the movies we watch today. But perhaps no producer has been more instrumental in bringing Quentin Tarantino’s incredible films to the big screen than Lawrence Bender. For almost three decades, Bender has helped produce many of Tarantino’s films. However, Mr. Bender’s journey to the top wasn’t without a few bumps in the road.
Lawrence Bender’s story starts at the very outskirts of Hollywood. As a Production Assistant in the 1980s, Bender cut his teeth doing the hardest, dirtiest work required for a successful production. For his efforts, Bender graduated to the world of straight to video movie production. It was a tough decade for Bender in the 1980s. However, in 1990, things began to change. And it all started with a chance meeting at a backyard barbecue.
It was over a rack of ribs that Bender met another aspiring young man looking to make it big in the movie business – Quentin Tarantino. At the time, Tarantino was just another underemployed actor and aspiring screenwriter looking to make it as a Hollywood Director. During their conversation, Tarantino brought up the idea of a heist film told from various points of view. Intrigued by the idea, Bender encouraged Trantino to go off and write the script while Bender looked to secure funding.
After two years of hustling, the duo were able to bring “Reservoir Dogs” to the big screen. While the film only gardnered a cult audience, the film was a valuable calling card to mainstream Hollywood. As a result of “Reservoir Dogs,” The duo would get their chance to make a real Hollywood film. The result was a movie that would change cinema forever.
“Pulp Fiction” was released, to rave reviews, in 1994. The film would go on to win the top prize at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival and earn several Academy Award nominations, including one for Lawrence Bender for Best Picture. It would be the first of three Academy Awards for Bender.
Today, Lawerence Bender is considered one go the hottest directors in Hollywood. Born in the Bronx, in 1962, Bender has produced over 50 films for the big screen including “Pulp Fiction,” “Good Will Hunting,” and “Jackie Brown.” As he enters his next decade in filmmaking, Lawrence Bender will continue to excite and challenge movie goers all over the world.