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Johnny Depp’s Pulp Fiction Casting Would’ve Been A Mistake

Johnny Depp could have been part of Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, but had he been cast, it would have actually been a mistake. Quentin Tarantino has explored a variety of genres in his movies since the early 1990s, and while his first movie, Reservoir Dogs, was a critical success, his big break arrived two years later with Pulp Fiction. Thanks to its non-linear narrative, characters, and the performances of its cast, Pulp Fiction is widely regarded as Tarantino’s best work, and it continues to reach new generations of viewers.

Pulp Fiction is formed by segments arranged in a non-linear way, with each one led by two characters, and all of them crossing paths at some point. However, due to how the movie was marketed and their roles in their respective segments (and in others), the main characters in Pulp Fiction are considered to be Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson), Vincent Vega (John Travolta), and Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman), but there are many others that are essential for the overall story of the movie to progress. Among them is Ringo a.k.a. Pumpkin (Tim Roth), who only appears at the beginning and end of Pulp Fiction, and who was almost played by Johnny Depp, which would have been a mistake.

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How Johnny Depp’s Pumpkin Would’ve Been Different To Tim Roth’s

Pulp Fiction Honey Bunny Pumpkin diner

While speaking on the podcast 2 Bears, 1 Cave, Tarantino shared that during the casting process for Pulp Fiction, he had a list of actors he wanted for the main characters. For Pumpkin, his first choice was Tim Roth, followed by Christian Slater and Johnny Depp. Producer Mike Medavoy preferred to have Depp as Pumpkin, but Tarantino clapped back by asking if he thought Johnny Depp playing a character who is only in the opening and closing scenes would “add that much to the box office”. At the time Pulp Fiction was in pre-production, Depp was best known for his roles in A Nightmare on Elm Street, Cry-Baby, and Edward Scissorhands, all very different from Pulp Fiction.

Surely, Depp would have brought a more dramatic, almost-tortured layer to the character of Pumpkin, especially in the scene where he’s being cornered by Jules and changes his mind about the robbery. Depp would have inevitably given Pumpkin a “bad boy” image, very different from the cool and calm style Roth gave the character, which would have changed the aforementioned scene where he ultimately decides to leave the diner with Honey Bunny (Amanda Plummer) and not continue with the robbery, possibly making this change in Pumpkin hard to believe.

Tim Roth Was Great As Pumpkin (& Johnny Depp Would’ve Been Worse)

Pulp Fiction Tim Roth Pumpkin

Tim Roth’s performance as Pumpkin in Pulp Fiction is one of the many great performances in the movie, and even though he just appears at the beginning and the end of the movie, he made a great impression. While Depp wouldn’t have been a bad Pumpkin, he wouldn’t have been as great as Roth was, as it was that cool but also slightly nervous attitude he gave him that made Pumpkin vulnerable, thus making his change of mind at the end of Pulp Fiction believable. Pulp Fiction addresses the theme of redemption through different characters, among them Pumpkin, and Johnny Depp’s acting style wouldn’t have fitted Pumpkin’s quick road to redemption as well as Tim Roth’s did.

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‘I am officially off the market’: When Margot Robbie revealed she made the ‘conscious’ decision of not dating actors

Margot Robbie revealed her decision to not date actors because of the media scrutiny that came with a public relationship of two high-profile actors
Back in 2015, A-lister Margot Robbie made a declaration that she would not be dating any actors. The actress may have alluded to her fiance Tom Ackerley, who she married the following year in 2016. In an exclusive interview with Marie Claire, she revealed that being in a relationship as an actor herself came with its own set of challenges. She believed that dating someone who was popular would add on to the media scrutiny.

Margot Robbie opened up on why she made a conscious decision to not date actorsTalking to Marie Claire, she claimed, “I am officially off the market.” She then shared the reasoning behind her decision and added, “I made a conscious decision not to date actors.” She continued to explain, “But not because I hate actors. That’s a nasty generalization to make, and that’s not the case. People take such an interest in your love life when you have a profile, it puts a lot of stress on a relationship.”
The Barbie actress continued, “So two people with profiles, I figure it’s just double the amount of scrutiny, and I’d like to avoid that at all costs.” This came after reports of her locking lips with Tarzan co-star Alexander Skarsgard started making rounds. It was reported that she was caught kissing the actor during the Sundance Film Festival.

Margot Robbie revealed she opted for a minimal lifestyle even after becoming an actorIn the interview, Robbie also opened up about how she was adapting to fame. She shared, “I have a normal 24-year-old life. If I were a waitress, I’d probably have the exact same lifestyle. I’d go to the same clubs I go to already, live in the same house with the same housemates, hang out with the same people.”
However, Margot Robbie tied the knot with Tom Ackerley who is an English producer and actor. The duo met on the sets of 2013 movie Suite Francaise where Tom was working as an assistant director. Post marriage, both of them launched their production company LuckyChap Entertainment.

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Monica Bellucci and Tin Burton at lunch in the restaurant in Selci Lama

For All Saints’ Day, the Hollywood star from Tiferno returned to his native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and then visit his parentsOn the occasion of the All Saints’ Day celebrations, the Hollywood star of Tiferno origin, Monica Bellucci, returned to her native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and to visit her father Pasquale and her mother Brunella.Flanked by her current partner Tim Burton, she went to lunch, together with about twenty old friends, at the Osteria del Musicista, which has always been her favorite restaurant, in Selci Lama.Menu dedicated to typical dishes of the area, which includes an appetizer with breadsticks lined with coppa, duck in porchetta and grilled pork livers, polenta with wild boar sauce accompanied by the very typical cappelletti in broth.To conclude, a dessert based on fried “ciaccia” with Nutella and roasted chestnuts.
Having paid the bill and greeted the restaurant owner and lifelong friend, Roberto Polchi, Monica brought home cappelletti and broth for a family dinner.

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‘Rocky’ Was Quite Different In His Original Screenplay, Sylvester Stallone Claims

Sylvester Stallone took his friend’s advice on a rewrite of the original screenplay to Rocky. A few tweaks later, he was on his way to major success.
In the new Netflix documentary Sly, Stallone discussed how he initially conceived of the project, which had a much harder edge. In the early version, Rocky was depicted as a “thuggish” character, inspired by Martin Scorsese’s crime drama, Mean Streets.

But Stallone’s perspective changed when a friend read the script and thought the boxer was too cruel for audiences to actually care about him.
Stallone recalled her crying.

“She goes, ‘I hate Rocky. I hate him. He’s cruel. He hits people. He beats them up.’”
Stallone took it to heart, and asked what he could do to soften the character.

“I said, ‘what if you stop short of it?’ Like, maybe he almost did. He could have, that’s his job, but he doesn’t?’ ‘That’d be nice,’” he added. “I said, ‘What if he had a girlfriend or something?’ ‘Yeah, that’s nice.’ So I go back, start writing that: ‘Girlfriend. Nice.’”
$117 million in box office later, a franchise was born.

Stallone also revealed that actor Dolph Lundgren sent him to the hospital during one fight scene in Rocky IV.
“Dolph Lundgren… he pulverized me,” Stallone says in the documentary. “Later that night, my heart started to swell—which happens when the heart hits the chest—and then my blood pressure went up to 260, and they thought I was going to be talking to angels. Next thing I know, I’m in intensive care, where I’m surrounded by nuns, and I thought, ‘OK, that’s curtains.’”
Stallone was in the hospital for nine days following the incident, praying for “one more round.”
“For the first minute of the fight, it is going to be a free-for-all,” Stallone told Lundgren. The Swedish actor joked in a separate interview that all he did was “obey orders,” explaining, “[Stallone] was the boss. I did what he told me.”
Doctors allegedly told Stallone that he received a blow to the ribs that made his heart rattle around in his ribcage, a condition typically seen in head-on collisions. “I did hit a bus, of sorts,” Stallone joked.

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