QUENTIN TARANTINO FAMOUS ROLES – Even since writer/director Quentin Tarantino‘s masterpiece Reservoir Dogs hit theaters, Tarantino has changed how people watch and experience movies. He let audiences know that they don’t have to watch movies in chronological order for the story to be good. His unique way of looking at storytelling excited a stale Hollywood industry. He is credited with reviving many actors’ careers, like John Travolta, and pushing other actors to awards and accolades like Christoph Waltz. For the director’s birthday today (March 27) we figured we would look at some of the roles in his movies that almost went to other actors.
Start with Kill Bill below
Warren Beatty as “Bill” (instead of David Carradine)
Warren Beatty was originally set to play Bill in Quentin Tarantino’s classic kung-fu movie, Kill Bill but had to leave the project. According to Michael Madsen, who plays Bill’s brother Budd in the movie, he met Beatty at a dinner party thrown by producer Lawrence Bender to “hang out” and get to know each other before the movie. Three days later Tarantino called:
“He goes, ‘Well, I just fired Warren.’ And I said, ‘Oh my God. You did?’ And he said, ‘Yeah, yeah.’ He said, ‘He doesn’t understand what the movie’s about and I’m not going to go through this. He doesn’t understand what the movie’s about, he doesn’t want to do it and I don’t want him to do it,’” Madsen recalls.
“I said, ‘Well who in the name of God is going to play Bill?’ And he goes, ‘Are you ready?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, I’m ready, g—— it. Who is it?’ And he said, ‘David Carradine.’ And I remember that I was completely and totally stunned. I mean it so took me off guard. I wouldn’t have thought of David in a million years. At the same time I realized that it made more sense than anything,” says Madsen. “And the first time I saw David I knew that he could handle it and obviously he did because he’s wonderful in the picture.”
David Carradine, star of the TV series Kung Fu, was hired to play Bill after Beatty himself suggested that Tarantino hire the actor that the director had been thinking about when he wrote the role.
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