Tarantino Offered Michael Madsen ‘Pulp Fiction’ and He Doesn’t Regret Turning It Down

IndieWire | 9/16/2019 | Staff
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“I was already committed to ‘Wyatt Earp,’” Madsen says in the documentary (via Entertainment Weekly). “And now, here’s Quentin, wants me to do ‘Pulp Fiction.’ And they were both going at the same time.”

Twenty-five years after “Pulp Fiction” premiered and won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, most actors might be mad about being unable to play Vincent Vega. The character is one of Tarantino’s most beloved. Tarantino wrote Vincent Vega to be the brother of Madsen’s Vic Vega in “Reservoir Dogs,” which is seemingly why casting Madsen in “Pulp Fiction” was of interest for the writer-director. Fortunately, Madsen has no hard feelings about missing out on “Pulp Fiction” and he maintains the casting of John Travolta in the role adds to the film’s genius.

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“Isn’t it true that part of John Travolta being in it, it became John’s comeback?” Madsen said. “He was doing movies about talking babies! And suddenly he’s Vincent Vega! He had that wig on. No one had seen Travolta with a **** gun. That’s a huge, huge, huge reason why the movie worked.”

Travolta’s star power was fading when Tarantino cast him in “Pulp Fiction” (the actor was most associated with the “Look Who’s Talking” series at...
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