Pulp Fiction Turns 20: Meg Ryan, Daniel Day-Lewis and More Stars Who Almost Acted in the Cult Hit

Pulp Fiction 20th Anniversary Casting Choice
Pulp Fiction cast, 1994
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updated 10/16/2014 AT 12:35 PM EDT

originally published 10/14/2014 AT 05:25 PM EDT

Don't be a square, it's time to celebrate Pulp Fiction's 20th anniversary. Quentin Tarantino's frenzied, gory and utterly unique cult masterpiece still delights fans two decades after its release – but would the film hold as much weight if rom-com staple Meg Ryan played Mia Wallace instead of Uma Thurman?

Sadly, these are questions we cannot answer, but we can at least contemplate them thanks to a list of potential Pulp Fiction casting choices posted by Uproxx. Like many movies, Pulp Fiction went through several cast iterations before landing on the final lineup we know today.

So, grab a Royale with cheese and commemorate Pulp Fiction's 20-year legacy by wondering what the movie would've been if Samuel L. Jackson never stepped into Jules Winnfield's "monkey fighting" shoes.

Mia Wallace

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Meg Ryan

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Played by: Uma Thurman
Biggest Contender: Entertainment company Miramax wanted the role of the black-bobbed bad girl to go to Meg Ryan, but Tarantino was adamant that Thurman was the only one who could capture the part.
Others Considered: Michelle Pfeiffer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Joan Cusack and Kate Beckinsale



Vincent Vega

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Daniel Day-Lewis

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Played by: John Travolta
Biggest Contender: Executive producer Harvey Weinstein was eager to sign on Daniel Day-Lewis to don the iconic ponytail, but Tarantino was more interested in revitalizing Travolta's career vs. going with a big name.
Others Considered: Tarantino favorite Michael Madsen was offered the part first but turned it down, causing a rift between the pair until Kill Bill.

Butch Coolidge

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Mickey Rourke

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Played by: Bruce Willis
Biggest Contender: Tarantino wanted real-life boxer Mickey Rourke to play Butch, and offered the washed-up actor the role first, but Rourke turned it down. Rourke says he rejected the part because "I allowed myself to get proud and angry because I could do the acting."
Others Considered: Matt Dillon almost landed the role of Butch, but Tarantino withdrew his offer after Dillon showed some trepidation about the film.

Jules Winnfield

Played by: Samuel L. Jackson
Biggest Contender: Tarantino was always interested in landing Jackson for the role, but Paul Calderón almost changed the director's mind. Calderón's audition for Jules was so impressive, Tarantino made sure the actor got a role in the movie. Pulp Fiction fans know him as Paul the bartender.
Others Considered: Unlike the other roles, both Tarantino and the film execs seemed pretty set on Jackson from the start.

Jody and Lance

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Pam Grier and Kurt Cobain

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Played by: Rosanna Arquette and Eric Stoltz
Biggest Contenders: Foxy Brown herself, Pam Grier read for the role of Jody, and while Tarantino was impressed by Grier's acting, he thought she was too dominating to play the role of a meek and frantic drug dealer. For Lance, Courtney Love claims that Kurt Cobain was offered the role of the man who preps Mia's adrenaline needle (Link is NSFW) but didn't end up taking it.
Others Considered: Aside from this oddball pair, no other considerations are listed for Pulp Fiction's bathrobe-donning druggies.

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