The Actors Quentin Tarantino Originally Wanted to Star pulp Fiction were revealed.
Tarantino’s crime film is one of the most celebrated films of the 1990s, but if the director had settled on his first options, things would have been very different.
John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson star in the film as Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield, though according to the rough cast list (originally). shared on Twitter by author Don Winslow and others) both actors were second choices for their respective roles.
When it came to writing down who he wanted for the characters, Tarantino settled on Michael Madsen, who he had previously worked with Reservoir Dogs in 1992 and Laurence Fishburne.
He also penned Jackson for the role of Marcellus Wallace, a character ultimately played by his first wish – Ving Rhames.
Other actors in the running for Vincent included Alec Baldwin, Gary Oldman and Michael Keaton, while he also had Eddie Murphy cast in Jules.
Interestingly, Bruce Willis’ name is nowhere to be found for Butch – in fact, the role was written for Matt Dillion. Other controversial actors included Sean Penn, Nicolas Cage, Aidan Quinn and Johnny Depp, who also played restaurant robber Pumpkin (Tim Roth).
The first roles Tarantino played alongside Marcellus were The Wolf (Harvey Keitel) and Koons (Christopher Walken).
Other points of interest are that Uma Thurman, who played Mia Wallace, was not among the 16 actors Tarantino noted, and that the role of Jody was eventually played by Rosanna Arquette, sister of Tarantino’s first choice, Patricia.
Actors initially envisioned by Tarantino for “Mia” included Virginia Madsen, Alfre Woodard, Bridget Fonda, Angela Bassett, and Flashdance Star Jennifer Beals.