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01/07/2013 01:22 pm ET Updated Mar 09, 2013

What Is the Role of Winston Wolf in Pulp Fiction?

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Answer by Daron Stinnett, Founder at BalancePoints.com

I can't add much about the character, but I do know something about his name... In 1993, I was working at LucasArts on a Star Wars game that called Dark Forces and we hired a young programmer named Winston Wolf (credits). Winston was / is one of the nicest, most unassuming persons you will ever meet, and a talented programmer. His role on the team was to build our tools for creating 3D interior environments, something that the games industry as a whole had very little experience with at the time and critical to our success.

We were big fans of Reservoir Dogs, so when Pulp Fiction was released, the entire team went to see it on opening day. We were all sitting in the movie watching when Jimmie opens the door and Harvey Keitel says "I'm Winston Wolf - I solve problems." We went nuts!

Afterward, we were talking about the amazing movie and marveled that Harvey Keitel's character had the same name as our tools programmer. Winston explained that that a few years before, he had been in LA at a party and had briefly met Quentin Tarantino, who at the time remarked that he really liked Winston's name. Winston had never spoken to Quentin since and had no idea that he ended up using his name until he saw Pulp Fiction that day with us.

And that's the story of where "The Wolf" got his name.

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