Additionally, Bronagh Gallagher appears as Trudi, Jody's friend who does little but smoke out of a bong during the scene where Vincent has to put a needle in Mia. According to author Jason Bailey, "Quentin thought it would be funny to have this casual observer who just happened to be there. All of this was born out of the experience of, when you go to someone's house to buy drugs, there are always people who are just there. " Phil LaMarr portrays Marvin, an associate of Jules and Vincent. LaMarr auditioned for Tarantino because both had done a show for the Groundlings, an improv group, a few months before casting of the film began. He read for the roles of Jules Winnfield and Brett before being cast as Marvin. Tarantino appears as Jimmie, Jules' friend who provides a safehouse for them to clean up a murder. Tarantino was initially unsure whether he wanted to play Jimmie or Lance. He gave the Lance role to Stoltz, as he wanted to be behind the camera during Mia's overdose scene.