RIP Tony Scott: A Tribute To The True Romance Eggplant Scene

The news that Tony Scott committed suicide is achingly sad. Among all his great scenes, this one has to be our favourite. “Now, if that’s a fact, tell me, am I lying? Cause you, you’re part eggplant”.
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The news that Tony Scott committed suicide is achingly sad. Among all his great scenes, this one has to be our favourite. “Now, if that’s a fact, tell me, am I lying? Cause you, you’re part eggplant”.

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It’s hard to believe that Quentin Tarantino sold the script for True Romance for the lowest amount legally possible. Just $50,000 for, in my opinion, his greatest work to date.

Perhaps he simply didn’t know that in the rich folds of that screenplay lay the most poignant scene he would ever write.

It was one of those rare “perfect storms” in cinema - a moment when everything comes together and electrifies every unsuspecting hair on the back of your neck.

Tarantino certainly laid the foundations, but the whole dark spectacle surely belongs to Dennis Hopper and Christopher Walken, who executed every word and twisted laugh with deadly perfection. It’s full of stand out quotes. And let’s not forget, that in a scene thick with suppressed rage, the delicate addition of Delibes’ Flower Duet rolling in the background is a stroke of musical genius.

Dennis Hopper and Christopher Walken execute every word and twisted laugh with deadly perfection.

As far as insults go, this one is on the button. Although I can’t support the use of certain naughty language, the intensity is undeniable, swelling to its inevitable climax. If you’re going to offend the Sicilian mafia, you might as start with their lineage and go from there. Hopper delivers each word so calmly and, having made various claims about promiscuous grandparents, European history and fucking, he signs off with the film’s best line:

“Now, if that’s a fact, tell me, am I lying? Cause you, you’re part eggplant.”

The “eggplant” word was added by Hopper himself, but who ever you give the credit to, the whole moment is so perfect, it leaves every other Tarantino scene lying in pools of syrupy blood.

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