During a recent interview with 2 bears, 1 cave podcast, director Quentin Tarantino has spoken quite a bit about the work, dedication, and inspiration behind many of his projects. Interestingly, he also talked about casting Bruce Willis in Pulp Fiction and how he originally wrote the role of Butch for Matt Dillon, but Dillon was hesitant to accept the role. Tarantino eventually met Willis, who pitched the idea of playing Vincent Vega (John Travolta) before trying to pitch the idea of playing Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson).
According to Tarantino, Willis longed for the role, even going so far as to suggest that although it was written for a black actor, he could still have the character’s traits. Tarantino, however, suggested that Willis reread the script, only this time with Butch’s character in mind, and Willis eventually agreed. On top of that, Willis wasn’t even originally the actor the director was considering considering he was one of the biggest stars on the planet at the time. However, Willis has admitted that he is a big Reservoir Dogs fan and would love to be on Pulp Fiction. Given the level of success of the latter, it’s easy to see why.
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