Pulp Fiction: the role of Vincent Vega was written for another

Focus on “Pulp Fiction”, the gangster film by Quentin Tarantino which marked the history of cinema. Did you know that the role of Vincent Vega, played by the famous John Travolta, had to go to another actor?

pulp Fiction : the consecration of Tarantino

For the little story, pulp Fiction is the third film directed by Quentin Tarantino, after My Best Friend’s Birthday and Reservoir Dogs. It is also undoubtedly one of his most appreciated works. Released in 1994, the film garnered no less than $ 214 million at the box office. Tarantino’s feature film won over critics and spectators alike and won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Supported by a five-star cast – Uma Thurman, Tim Roth and Amanda Plummer – the film interweaves three stories. What they have in common: they all feature thugs, but also a good dose of hemoglobin. Inhabited actors, replicas that have become cult, one thinks in particular of the monologue of Jules Winnfield … All these elements allowed the feature film to enter the legend.

Headlining pulp Fiction, the character of Vincent Vega, played by John Travolta. He is thus one of the two main characters of the film alongside Jules Winnfield played by Samuel L. Jackson. The interpreter of Mace Windu has also failed see his role pass under his nose because of the very good hearing of Paul Calderon (Bad lieutenant). Upon learning this, Samuel L. Jackson then took the first flight to Los Angeles in order to re-cast the casting. We all know the rest of the story, but John Travolta also almost did not take the role of Vega!

Who to play Vincent Vega?

It must be recognized that Travolta is now inseparable from Vega. However, Quentin Tarantino originally had another performer in mind. The role was indeed written for a very specific actor, namely the talented Michael Madsen. The filmmaker saw only him to lend his features to the atypical protagonist of pulp Fiction. Unfortunately, Madsen, despite his desire to play in the film, was already engaged on another shoot, that of Wyatt Earp. In this biopic, he played the eponymous character, a marshall and bison hunter who lived in 19th century America.

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If Michael Madsen later admitted bitterly regret not having been able to shoot in pulp Fiction, Tarantino still has winked at one of her favorite actors. Indeed, it is he who plays the role of Mr Blonde in Reservoir Dogs. And Tarantino confided that Vincent Vega is actually Mr Blonde’s brother, aka Vic Vega.

Despite this missed appointment, Michael Madsen remains one of the director’s muses. The American actor is thus present in Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill or The Hateful Eight. As for John Travolta, he was none other than Tarantino’s second choice. If the production company wanted to entrust the role to Daniel Day-Lewis, the filmmaker remained in his position. He thus succeeded in convincing the actor to Grease, who was worried about the amorality of the character offered to him. A good choice since even today we remember certain mythical sequences of the actor, in particular the famous dance with Uma Thurman.

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Pulp Fiction: the role of Vincent Vega was written for another