The director broke his silence after the names he was considering for the different roles went viral
The reason why Tarantino did not want Johnny Depp in “Pulp Fiction” (Reuters)
Quentin Tarantino broke his silence regarding an alleged “wish list” of actors he wanted to be part of the cast of the film “Pulp Fiction” (“Violent Times”) in which he rejected the studio's interest in casting Johnny Depp for one of the roles.< /p>
Because the list of artist names recently went viral, most notably including Depp as runner-up for the role of Pumpkin behind of the eventual actor Tim Roth, who got the job, is that now the Oscar winner addressed the issue in a recent interview.
“They're talking all over the internet about my 'Pulp Fiction' cast wish list. I didn't know exactly who I wanted to play this or that role, so I wrote a giant list with a bunch of of names. I wanted everyone to be pre-approved and I didn't know if it was going to work,” explained the director.
Tarantino's list of possible actors for "Riotious Times" which went viral on the internet
The director revealed that when he submitted his names, the studio questioned why he wanted Roth instead of Depp for the role. In addition, they told him that they would not offer the role to Roth until others turned it down.
Tarantino, however, defended his position, asking them: “Do you think Johnny Depp playing the role of Pumpkin in this movie, which is the opening scene and the ending scene, that's all, do you think that will add that much to the take?”
Everything seems to indicate that the studio producers had to agree with Tarantino, so Roth finally got the role. Although now there will be the question of what would have happened if Depp had played the role in a movie, it is already a classic.
Tarantino vs. the Marvel actors
Samuel L. Jackson (Disney Plus)
Samuel L. Jackson contradicted Tarantino's comments he made about actors in Marvel superhero productions : The director had said they weren't “movie stars.”
“It takes an actor to be able to play those particular characters,” Jackson said in the program The Viewquestioning the interpretation of the concept of star that Tarantino had defended.
The actor argued his position by recalling the protagonist of “Black Panther”: “You can't say that actors like Chadwick Boseman aren't movie stars. That is irrefutable.”
Recently, the filmmaker had lamented the absence of stars on the big screen today and considered that this was the result of growth that the universe of Marvel superheroes is experiencing in the industry.
“As a result of the 'Marvelization' of Hollywood we have all these actors who become famous playing these characters (…) but they are not movie stars, Captain America or Thor are the stars,” said the director of “Kill Bill”.
Jackson plays Nick Fury in Marvel films such as “Iron Man” (2008) or “The Avengers” (2012) and will soon premiere the Disney+ series, “Secret Invasion”.
In addition, the actor has been closely linked to Tarantino's career, as he has been part of the cast of several of his films such as “Pulp Fiction” (1994) or “Django Unchained” (2012).
Although the director confessed that he neither “loves” nor “hates” Marvel's work, he expressed his disagreement that the Hollywood industry is only interested in developing these types of films.
Tarantino thus joined the criticism of Jennifer Aniston and Martin Scorsese, who stated that Marvel films “are not cinema”, and Francis Ford Coppola, who described these blockbuster productions as “despicable”.< /p>
The controversy over the superhero genre began in 2019 with Scorsese's statements to Empire magazine, when he explained his reason for not seeing the latest superhero movies. Marvel: “I tried. But that's not cinema”, he claimed. “Honestly, the closest I can think of to them, as well done as they are, with the actors doing the best they can under the circumstances, is theme parks,” added Scorsese. “It is not the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotions to another human being”.
“When Scorsese says that Marvel movies are not cinema is right because we hope to learn something from cinema. I don't know of anyone who gets anything out of watching the same movie over and over again. Actually, Marty was nice. He didn't say they were despicable, like I'm saying,” said Coppola, director of the “Godfather” saga.
Speaking to Deadline in In 2015, the Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu stated that superhero movies are “cultural genocide”. The filmmaker warned about the values that seem to promote this kind of film. “Sometimes I am amused because they are basic and simple and go well with popcorn,” he quipped. “The problem is that sometimes they pretend to be deep and to be honest they are quite right-wing. I always see superheroes as people who kill other people because they don't believe what they say they believe, or because they aren't what they want them to be. I don't respond to those types of characters. This cultural genocide is like poison because viewers are overexposed to this kind of plotting and explosions and shit that doesn't speak to what it means to be human at all,” the Oscar winner said. “I don't like them philosophically.”