​Someone Figured Out Why Vincent Vega Is Always On The Toilet In 'Pulp Fiction'

Pulp Fiction has been a cult favourite ever since its release in 1994, known for its savage one-liners (mostly Samuel L. Jackson's), a banging soundtrack and a lot of blood.

Like many Tarantino films, it's filled with tons of clever little details. Some of those are just small signature touches for a bit of creative flair - but others have a bit more of a story behind them.

One thing you may have noticed from the film is that Vincent Vega - played by John Travolta - is often seen sitting on the loo. He spends a lot of time on the bog throughout.

But why that is, isn't quite so obvious. Luckily, the internet is always up for solving the mystery behind any curious detail, and one Reddit user thinks they've cracked it.

"In Pulp Fiction Vincent Vega is constantly on the toilet, leading to his eventual demise," PoglaTheGrate writes. "One of the side effects of heroin abuse is constipation."


If it really is the reason, that's one neat detail.

Drugs play quite a crucial part in the film's plot, which follows several different characters living in Los Angeles, whose stories are told in non-chronological order. Vincent Vega is one of the narrative's protagonists, along with his partner Jules Winnfield - played by Samuel L. Jackson.

And Vincent has a fair few bathroom scenes - like when he goes to the toilet to convince himself not to make a move on Mia Wallace, his boss' missus. He's also seen on the throne at Butch's apartment, who Vincent plans to kill, and again towards the end of the film when he goes to the loo at the diner.

Credit: Pulp Fiction / Miramax

These bathroom scenes in Pulp Fiction also often foreshadow something bad (here's your spoiler warning, FYI - although we'd imagine you wouldn't care about this theory in the first place if you hadn't seen the film). In the sequence with Mia, he's also in the bathroom as she overdoses on heroin, while in the diner at the end, it's before he's shot to death.

The film goes off in so many different directions, and is constantly referencing other scenes from earlier and later on in the narrative - so the idea that Vincent's on the loo a lot as a side effect from heroin seems like it could be a pretty legit intention from Tarantino. Nice work, Internet, once again.

Featured Image Credit: Pulp Fiction / Miramax

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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