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Tarantino’s Original Wishlist for ‘Pulp Fiction’

Tarantino's Original Wishlist for 'Pulp Fiction'

Among other aspects of Quentin Tarantino’s genius are his off-beat casting choices. Check out his original cast rankings for 1994 release “Pulp Fiction” (among documents that surfaced last month on Reddit) which include some actors who did not work on “Pulp Fiction” but did wind up in later Tarantino films. For example, Michael Madsen (who stars in “Reservoir Dogs,” “Kill Bill” and “The Hateful Eight”) was his first choice for Vincent, while John Travolta was his strong second. He wrote the role for Madsen. 

Eddie Murphy might have played Jules, not Samuel L. Jackson, who has become a Tarantino regular. It’s hard to imagine iconic long-banged Mia played by anyone other than Uma Thurman, who went on to star as The Bride in the “Kill Bill” series to which she will someday return. But Tarantino also considered Debra Winger and Phoebe Cates.  Tarantino lists “True Romance” star Patricia Arquette, not Roseanne, for his first choice for Jody. 
Tarantino, it turns out, wrote the Pumpkin and Honey Bunny for Tim Roth (“The Hateful Eight”) and Amanda Plummer, respectively, who played the roles. Jennifer Jason Leigh, who finally stars in “The Hateful Eight,” appears several times on the casting list, as does Johnny Depp. 

Tarantino imagined John Cusack as Vincent’s drug dealer Lance, played by Eric Stoltz. Bruce Willis isn’t even on the list for boxer Butch: Matt Dillon, Sean Penn, Nicolas Cage and Johnny Depp were.

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