It's hard to imagine anyone other than Uma Thurman as Mia Wallace or Samuel L Jackson as Jules Winnfield in Quentin Tarantino's classic film "Pulp Fiction," but that almost didn't come to be. We're glad everything worked out for the best, but it's crazy to think that some of the actors were considered to be part of the cast! Check it out!
Tarantino allegedly wrote the part of Butch with Matt Dillion in mind, but the studio was fearful to cast him as they wanted at least one bankable star name attached to the project. Travolta was still in a slump at the time, so Bruce Willis got it instead.
According to Tarantino himself, Aniston narrowly missed out on playing the iconic role of Mia Wallace. It seems the main issue was that she was tied up with "Friends" at the time.
The part that Tarantino originally wanted for Matt Dilion was eventually offered to Mickey Rourke, who turned it down to continue with his boxing career.
According to NME's "Nevermind 15th Anniversary" issue, the Nirvana front man and his wife were originally offered the parts of Lance the drug dealer and his wife Jody — however, this is a claim that Tarantino has denied.
While many actresses were considered for the part of Mia Wallace (such as Joan Cusack, Geena Davis and Laura Dern), supposedly Michelle Pfeiffer was a strong contender in the race.
Vincent Vega, played by John Travolta, was originally a part written for Michael Madsen, who played Vic Vega in "Reservoir Dogs." It was rumored that in "Pulp Fiction," Vic was to make a reappearance — until Madsen turned down the role for Kevin Costner's "Wyatt Earp" and the name was changed to Vincent.
Producer Harvey Weinstein was pushing hard for the acclaimed actor to play the part of Vincent Vega after Madsen bowed out, yet John Travolta eventually snagged it, as he was willing to work for a bargain rate.
According to her own manager, the actress had the opportunity to play Mia Wallace but turned it down due to her commitment with the hit sitcom "Seinfeld."
The hopeful actress auditioned for Tarantino and read for the part of Mia, yet she was turned down by the director due to her being too young at the time.
The charismatic James Dean look-a-like reportedly turned down the role of Zed, which eventually went to Peter Greene.
The part of "Pumpkin" or "Ringo" was written with actor Tim Roth in mind, who starred in Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs," but the head at TriStar Studios (Mike Medavoy) really wanted Depp or Slater in the role.
Early in production, Tarantino played around with the idea of casting Tim Roth as Vincent and giving the part of Jules to Oldman, rewriting those two characters as "two English Guys." Oldman was also a favorite among TriStar execs for the part of Lance due to his drug-dealing pimp role in "True Romance."
Although Tarantino had written the part of Jules Winnfield with Samuel L. Jackson in mind, Calderón's first audition almost snagged him the role. When Jackson realized that he actually had to audition and not just read lines, he came back in and stole the show.
Grier read for the part of Jody, but Tarantino did not believe audiences would find it plausible that Lance would yell at her, as she did not appear timid enough. Grier later would go on to star in Tarantino's "Jackie Brown."
Although she originally auditioned for the part of Mia Wallance, Arquette still got cast in the film as Jody, Lance's wife.
The actor was originally asked to play the part of Marsellus Wallace, but he ultimately turned it down. Haig would appear a few years later in Tarantino's "Jackie Brown."
The actor was considered at one point for both the roles of Butch and Vincent, but ultimately nothing came of those talks.
Before meeting her, Tarantino had Thurman in mind to play the part of Honey Bunny — but after their first encounter, he knew that Mia Wallace would be a better fit.
Both bubbly blond actresses where favorites for the part of Mia Wallace by executives at Miramax, but Tarantino wasn't having it.