1994 was a great year for movies. It was the year we got The Shawshank Redemption, The Lion King, Speed, and the eventual Best Picture Oscar winner Forrest Gump. But one movie has survived the test of time better than any of these films. Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction has become the cornerstone of every great movies list, thanks in small part to the Tarantino's pitch perfect casting. But now, a very interesting set of documents has been published on Reddit suggesting that Tarantino's original choices for these iconic roles were wildly different from what we saw on screen.Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction saved many careers. Perhaps the one career that needed the biggest jab of adrenaline to the breast plates was that of John Travolta. But these documents suggest that he was only a 'strong, strong, strong second choice' for the role of Vincent Vega after Michael Madsen. Which opens up a whole different debate because Madsen played Vincent's alleged brother Vic in Tarantino's first film Reservoir Dogs. The list also includes names like Gary Oldman (who worked with Tarantino in True Romance), Alec Baldwin, Michael Keaton and even Denzel Washington.
John Cusack was the first choice for the role of Lance, a role which was eventually played by Eric Stoltz. Courtney Love once suggested that the role was offered to Kurt Cobain, but there's no evidence of that here. The names that are there however are Nic Cage, Gary Oldman and Michael Keaton once again and even Johnny Depp.Uma Thurman became hugely popular after her Oscar nominated role but Virginia Madsen, Marisa Tomei and Patricia Arquette were all ahead of her on the list.
Jennifer Jason Leigh is set to star in a Tarantino film with this year's The Hateful Eight but she was in contention for the roles of Honey Bunny and Jody. And as it turns out, Johnny Depp was a strong second choice for the role of Pumpkin.The most eagle eyed readers will spot a faint outline of text on the backside of the sheet. And they will be rewarded for their efforts with the information that Harvey Keitel was always the first choice for The Wolf, but other possibilities include Warren Beatty, Christopher Walken and once again, Michael Keaton.
The wildest choices inarguably have to be Eddie Murphy as Jules in place of Samuel L Jackson (now picture him delivering the Ezekiel 25:17 quote) and either Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino or Sean Penn as Captain Koons. Penn, Nicolas Cage, Johnny Depp and Matt Dillon were all ahead of Bruce Willis for the role of conflicted/confused boxer Butch.
What we can gather from this exercise is that Tarantino definitely had favourites and, for some reason, most of them chose to turn him down.
Check out the document here
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