Over on Reddit, they have posted Quentin Tarantino’s original wish list for the cast of Pulp Fiction, and it’s interesting not for the actual first choices (Tarantino landed all of his first choices except for the part of Vincent and Lance (and Michael Madsen and John Cusack must be kicking themselves), but for who his back-up choices were.
Denzel as Vincent Vega? Phoebe Cates as Honey Bunny? JASMINE GUY as Jody? Things could’ve turned out so much differently.
It can’t be seen here, but Harvey Keitel’s back-up for The Wolf was also Warren Beaty.
And for a refresher, here’s what those actual characters looked like in the film:
Pumpkin (Tim Roth)
Honey Bunny (Amanda Plummer)
Vincent Vega (John Travolta)
Lance (Eric Stoltz)
Jody (Patricia Arquette)
Also, if you’re a huge fan of Pulp Fiction, you should really pick up Jason Bailey’s Pulp Fiction: The Complete Story of Quentin Tarantino’s Masterpiece. It’s very good, and makes a great gift.