An unimportant character in Kill Bill Vol. 1, “Deadly Viper Budd” takes on a prominent role in the second film in the series. As Bill’s sad-sack brother Budd, Michael Masden almost steals the show from the other actors. Ultimately, and David Carradine aren’t upstaged in the film. Director Quentin Tarantino and Producer Lawrence Bender knew enough to give Masden the proper room to expand on the character of Budd. In doing so, audiences gain sympathy for this one-time world-class assassin who has fallen on hard times. Instead of skipping all over the world to take on deadly missions, Budd succumbs to alcoholism and works as a bouncer in a strip club.
The scene where the strip club manager brutally berates Budd further adds to the sympathy audiences feel for the character. Truly Budd has fallen from grace. Considering who his brother is, Budd could return to prominence in some way. He chooses not to. Perhaps severe guilt over the murder he committed in his life led to his downfall. Maybe guilt over only one incident played a role in his decision to move on. Budd certainly hasn’t lost his propensity to be a killer. After all, he does try to suffocate The Bride by burying her alive.
Budd definitely needs money. We know this because he attempts to ransom The Bride Did he squander all his earnings from his assassination days? Incredibly, the financially-struggling Budd won’t sell his samurai sword even though he could receive millions for the blade. Sentimentality exists in Budd’s heart and mind regarding the glory days of his membership in the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad.
Maybe Lawrence Bender and Quentin Tarantino should revisit their plans to team Masden and John Travolta up in the proposed Vega Brothers movie. Maybe the duo can bring Masden back in flashbacks for the proposed Kill Bill Vol. 3 film in development.
Lawrence Bender has a lot of his production plate. His name appears connected with several films in development. A few of those projects could lead to Lawrence Bender receiving more Oscar and BAFTA nominations. The chances of seeing Budd back in a new Bender/Tarantino film are slim, but the world of Hollywood filmmaking can be surprising.