Quentin Tarantino Says Laurence Fishburne Turned Down ‘Pulp Fiction’ Which Led To Him Losing Role In ‘Die Hard’

The Playlist | 1/20/2020 | Rafael Motamayor
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There are tons of fascinating “what if?” stories around Hollywood. What if Quentin Tarantino had made a “Silver Surfer” film? Or what if Guillermo del Toro had made “Doctor Strange” or the third “Harry Potter” or a multitude of other unrealized projects by the famous director? There’s always at least one of these stories you can’t help but wonder, what if things had gone differently? The latest one involves Tarantino, Laurence Fishburne and the role of Jules Winnfield in “Pulp Fiction.”

It is commonly known that Paul Calderon was at one point up for the role, before Samuel L. Jackson ultimately got cast as Jules. But during an appearance at The Ringer’s “The Rewatchables” podcast, Tarantino revealed that his number 1 choice was actually Laurence Fishburne, who was fresh off “King of New York” and “Boyz n the Hood” when Tarantino was writing the script for the movie. As Tarantino tells it, he offered Fishburne the role but he turned it down at the suggestion of his reps, who told him to pass on the role...
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