Quentin Tarantino collaborated with several famous actors, but as originally intended, he was unable to cast Kill Bill.
Tarantino wanted Bill, the film’s complex antagonist, to play an iconic actor.
It was turned down by this major Hollywood star – only to recommend someone else for the part.
Why did an actor decline to appear in ‘Kill Bill’ who wanted to work with Quentin Tarantino?
A little history first.
In the television series Kung Fu, David Carradine was an actor best known for his part.
He appeared mostly in B-movies after Kung Fu was canceled. He made a major impact in the cinema in the 2000s, though, with his role as Bill in Kill Bill. Perhaps he is more famous for Bill’s role than he is for any other role. However, The Playlist reports that Warren Beatty was originally intended for the role.
I think it was my idea,”I think it was my suggestion that David Carradine would be best for it,”that David Carradine would be the best for that. I didn’t want to leave my children… he was shooting a movie in China, and I thought for a long time [Quentin] was going to be over there.
And he said, no [it won’t be that long]. Honestly, for just as long as I expected, he was over there. [laughs]I’d love to work with Quentin.
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Bill was originally like these two famous characters, Quentin Tarantino revealed,
Tarantino gave fans a little insight into his initial plans for Bill, according to IndieWire. “It was really interesting to re-read Kill Bill, the first draft, because that’s Warren Beatty’s version,” he said. “He’s much more of a character like James Bond. Essentially, like James Bond as [Ernst Stavro] Blofeld.
That guy was never depicted at all.
For those unfamiliar with the Bond franchise, the most notorious of the recurring enemies of Bond is Blofeld. In the film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, he is most notorious for murdering 007’s wife Tracy Bond on their wedding day, just as Bill tried to murder the bride on her wedding day. Like Bill, camera angels initially obscure his face and he is petting a white Persian cat.
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Tarantino had some concerns about casting Beatty as Bill despite wanting him in the role. “I was a little worried that Warren Beatty might look a little ridiculous in it,” he told The Playlist.
Considering that Beatty has played everything from real-life outlaw Clyde Barrow to comic book hero Dick Tracy, a different version of Bill may have been presented.
How the world has replied to “Kill Bill.”
So did the audience react well to the final version of Kill Bill in which Bill was played by Carradine? Kill Bill: Vol. 1 grossed more than $180 million at the box office, according to Box Office Mojo. And that’s without being part of an existing franchise or getting a major star in the cast.
After all, Uma Thurman was best known for supporting roles in films such as Dangerous Liaisons, Pulp Fiction, and Batman & Robin prior to Kill Bill. Furthermore, according to Box Office Mojo, the second Kill Bill film grossed over $154 million.
Beatty declined to appear in the film — but without him, it did well.