Quentin Tarantino has provided some insight into the document doing the rounds on social media which displays his original cast wishlist for Pulp Fiction.
The document, which Tarantino has confirmed as being genuine, displays the character's names followed by a list of his top choice, second choice etc. for the actor he wanted to play that role.
The actual cast list for Pulp Fiction is:
Pumpkin: Tim Roth
Honey Bunny: Amanda Plummer
Vincent: John Travolta
Jules: Samuel L. Jackson
Lance: Eric Stoltz
Jody: Rosanna Arquette
Mia Wallace: Uma Thurman
Butch: Bruce Willis
Fabienne: Maria de Medeiros
The Wolf: Harvey Keitel
Koons: Christopher Walken
Marcellus Wallace: Ving Rhames
However, things could have been very different.
Interestingly, the part of Vincent was written specifically for Michael Madsen after Tarantino worked with him on Reservoir Dogs. After Madsen had committed to another project, John Travolta eventually got the role, but the document does detail that he was a "strong, strong second choice."
The movie is credited with relaunching the career of Travolta in the mid-1990s and it earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Other names in the running to play Vincent were Alec Baldwin, Gary Oldman, Denzel Washington, Michael Keaton and Dennis Quaid.
The part of Lance was written with John Cusack in mind, but that eventually went to Eric Stoltz.
Tarantino explains Pulp Fiction casting
Even though he did not get his first choice for a few of the roles, Tarantino says fans shouldn't look too much into it.
"On the internet there’s a thing floating around about my wish list of the cast of Pulp Fiction," he said on the 2 Bears, 1 Cave podcast.
“I didn’t know exactly who I wanted to play this part or that part, so I wrote a giant list with a ton of names.
"I wanted to get them all pre-approved and I didn’t know if it was gonna work out or if I would vibe with the person or if they would even do a good job. I just wanted to get them approved.”
Crime / Drama
1994 • 154 minutes