Lawrence Bender is a film and television producer, working on shows such as an Earthsea miniseries, Nancy Drew, Kill Bill, and many other production. Despite the long list of Bender’s accomplishments, he originally didn’t have an eye for the film industry. Out of high school, his initial plan was to become a civil engineer, even studying at the University of Maine, gaining a degree in civil engineering.
Lawrence Bender, after college, worked as a grip on popular television show Tales from the Darkside. This marked his first job in the entertainment industry, but he found real success as a film producer in 1992. Reservoir Dogs marked Lawrence Bender’s first collaboration with Quentin Tarantino.
Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction, From Dusk till Dawn, Jackie Brown, and Inglourious Basterds are the other collaborative efforts of Bender and Tarantino.
Outside of the work with Tarantino, Lawrence Bender has found success as well. The Mexican, Dirty Dancing 2, and Knockaround Guys are also productions of Bender.
The Mexican is one of Bender’s most successful films. The film stars Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, and James Gandolfini. The plot focuses on a dysfunctional couple and their struggles with organized crime. The protagonists of the film are indirectly involved in the crime family after a traffic accident leaves a prominent gangster dead. Brad Pitt’s character is held responsible for the accident and is tasked with a variety of jobs in order to pay back the crime syndicate.
Brad Pitt’s character’s final mission is to retrieve a gun from Mexico, but he experiences a series of betrayals and mysteries along the way. He gets arrested, stranded, and threatened by multiple people on his travels.
The movie released in 2001 and grossed almost 150 million dollars at the box office.