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John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson reference their Pulp Fiction roles in a new holiday ad

They starred together in one of the most influential crime films ever made.

But John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson were on their best behavior in a new holiday ad released on Friday.

Travolta swapped out his usual looks for a thick beard and long white hair to play Santa Claus in the the commercial, which features references to their 1994 classic Pulp Fiction.

One last job: John Travolta, 66, reunited with his former costar Samuel L. Jackson, 71, in a holiday ad released Friday from Capital One that references their film Pulp Fiction (1994)

One last job: John Travolta, 66, reunited with his former costar Samuel L. Jackson, 71, in a holiday ad released Friday from Capital One that references their film Pulp Fiction (1994)

The commercial opens with Travolta, 66, running through his online shopping cart as he stocks up on goodies to deliver for Christmas. 

‘Hold your reindeer, Santa!’ Jackson, 71, shouts as he pops up on his screen in his role as the longtime Capital One credit card spokesperson. 

‘So that get me off your naughty list?’ the Unbreakable star asks after sharing tips on saving at checkout. 

‘Are you off the naughty words?’ Travolta asks.

Special guest: 'Hold your reindeer, Santa!' Jackson shouts as he pops up on his screen in his role as the longtime Capital One credit card spokesperson

Special guest: ‘Hold your reindeer, Santa!’ Jackson shouts as he pops up on his screen in his role as the longtime Capital One credit card spokesperson

Iconic: The two played comical hit men in the 1990s crime classic Pulp Fiction, co-written and directed by Quentin Tarantino

Iconic: The two played comical hit men in the 1990s crime classic Pulp Fiction, co-written and directed by Quentin Tarantino

‘Yes,’ Jackson says, before shaking his head side to side.

‘Ho, ho, ho! I don’t think so,’ Travolta replies jollily.

Despite the light tone and plenty of holiday cheer, the ad is peppered with allusions to Pulp Fiction, which was co-written and directed by Quentin Tarantino.

In Santa’s shopping cart are thousands of bolo ties, the same item Travolta’s character Vincent Vega wore during his date with Uma Thurman’s character in the film.

He’s also sipping on a milkshake throughout the ad, an allusion to the $5 milkshake Vincent orders while at a 1950s-themed diner with Thurman. 

Throwbacks: Despite the light tone and plenty of holiday cheer, the ad is peppered with allusions to Pulp Fiction, which was co-written and directed by Quentin Tarantino

Throwbacks: Despite the light tone and plenty of holiday cheer, the ad is peppered with allusions to Pulp Fiction, which was co-written and directed by Quentin Tarantino

Clever: Santa's cart has thousands of bolo ties, the same item Travolta wears on a date with Uma Thurman's character

Clever: Santa’s cart has thousands of bolo ties, the same item Travolta wears on a date with Uma Thurman’s character

Tasty: He also sips a milkshake, an allusion to the $5 dollar milkshake he orders at the 1950s-themed diner

Tasty: He also sips a milkshake, an allusion to the $5 dollar milkshake he orders at the 1950s-themed diner

Santa’s shoulder-length hair is even slicked back to approximate Vega’s hairdo, though this time it’s white and paired with a beard.

In Pulp Fiction, Vega and his partner Jules Winnfield (Jackson) discuss Vega’s trip to Amsterdam, where a McDonald’s Quarter Pounder with cheese is known as a Royal with cheese.

Fittingly, Jackson’s spokesperson wears a shirt with a burger and a Santa hat that reads ‘Happy Holidays ‘With Cheese.”‘ 

Clever: Jackson wore a shirt reading, 'Happy Holidays "With Cheese,"' referring to the discussion in Pulp Fiction about how a Quarter Pounder is a Royale with cheese in Amsterdam

Clever: Jackson wore a shirt reading, ‘Happy Holidays “With Cheese,”‘ referring to the discussion in Pulp Fiction about how a Quarter Pounder is a Royale with cheese in Amsterdam

The ad ends with Santa and Mrs. Claus dancing the twist and recreating some of Travolta’s now-iconic moves from the diner dancing scene with Thurman.

Where Travolta originally danced to Chuck Berry’s You Never Can Tell, now he twists to Berry’s Run Rudolph Run.

The playful ad was a light-hearted return to the spotlight for Travolta, who announced in July that his wife Kelly Preston had died following a long battle with breast cancer.

The couple shared two children, 20-year-old Ella Bleu and nine-year-old Benjamin.

Their oldest son, Jett Travolta, died in 2009. 

Letting loose: The ad ends with Santa and Mrs. Claus dancing the twist and recreating some of Travolta's now-iconic moves from the diner dancing scene with Thurman

Letting loose: The ad ends with Santa and Mrs. Claus dancing the twist and recreating some of Travolta’s now-iconic moves from the diner dancing scene with Thurman

Rock 'n' roll: Where Travolta originally danced to Chuck Berry's You Never Can Tell, now he twists to Berry's Run Rudolph Run

Rock ‘n’ roll: Where Travolta originally danced to Chuck Berry’s You Never Can Tell, now he twists to Berry’s Run Rudolph Run

Back in the spotlight: The ad was a light-hearted return for Travolta, who announced in July that his wife Kelly Preston had died following a long battle with breast cancer; shown at Cannes, France, in 2018

Back in the spotlight: The ad was a light-hearted return for Travolta, who announced in July that his wife Kelly Preston had died following a long battle with breast cancer; shown at Cannes, France, in 2018


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