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The character of Mr. Blonde

“Now I'm not gonna bullshit you. I don't really care about what you know or don't know. I'm gonna torture you for a while regardless. Not to get information, but because torturing a cop amuses me. There's nothing you can say, I've heard it all before. There's nothing you can do. Except pray for a quick death, which you ain't gonna get.”

Dancing to the seventies hit “Stuck In The Middle With You” Michael Madsen goes absolutely nuts when he's left alone with a police man called Marvin Nash. He opens a razor-blade and lashes out at the cop, his face is cut and Mr. Blonde continues his singing. Out of a sudden, Blonde grabs his head and cuts off the cop's ear. The camera pans away to spare us the violence but the screaming and shouting brings up its own images in our heads. A moment later Blonde holds up the severed ear and tests if the cop can still hear with it.

As we learn - the slightly psychotic Mr. Blonde alias Vic Vega (related to Vincent Vega?) has just served four years of prison sentence before he joined the group to rob the store. We don't know what exactly happened to him in prison but he must have pretty much lost his mind. He's the one who starts shooting around when the alarms go off in the jewelry store, he even wanted to burn the cop he held captive - if Mr. Orange wouldn't have shot him.
Among all those gangsters he's by far the most ruthless and violent one. Beneath a layer of compelling coolness he always seems to be on the edge of violence, embodied by a fantastic Michael Madsen.

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1. & 2. & 3. Quoted from the interview with Hubert Niogret and Michel Ciment at Cannes, 1992

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