Who Shot Nice Guy Eddie?

The following is an extract from an interview with Chris Penn, from Empire magazine, September 1996.

He's been freeze-framed. He's been slow-moed. He has caused ballistic experts to forget the last time they enjoyed a peaceful night's kip. In fact, not since JFK went down in a hail of conspiratorial crossfire has one man caused so much confusion as to the whys are wherefores of just exactly who filled whom with lead.

Until now, that is. For, as we speak, one of the great mysteries of the universe is being solved.

"I'll set the record straight", chortles Chris Penn.

"Nobody shot nice guy Eddie. It was a mistake. What was supposed to happen - and I don't know if Quentin's gonna like me giving this away, but it's too late now, he never told me not to - was Harvey Keitel was supposed to shoot Lawrence Tierney, then shoot me, then get squibbed.

But what happened was the squib (a small explosive charge resembling a bullet hit) on Harvey went right off after he shot Lawrence, so he went down, but my squib went off anyway, so I went down. So, basically nobody shot Nice Guy Eddie. Quentin said 'You know what? It'll be the biggest controversy of the film. We're leaving it.' He was definitely right ..."

And thus a chapter in film history is brought to a close.

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