Quentin Tarantino says if he had an unlimited budget, he would have cast Angela Bassett in Jackie Brown.
By Mark McKee | Published
Quentin Tarantino is one of the most talented and sought after filmmakers in the business. with his experience and his brilliant vision of the art of cinema, when he speaks, we listen. Of course, he’s best known for the Brad Pitt-directed movie. inglorious bastardsthe Leonardo DiCaprio/Jamie Foxx western Django Unchainedand no one could forget the film by Samuel L. Jackson, John Travolta and Bruce Willis pulp Fiction. Two of his lesser known films date from 2007 Proof of death and 1997 Jackie Brown. In an interview on Bill Maher’s podcast, Quentin Tarantino revealed that he allegedly cast Angela Bassett in Jackie Brown if he would have had an unlimited budget.
According to Tarantino, he was asked who he would have chosen for the lead roles if he could return in 1997 with an unlimited budget and remake the film; after some loyalty and respect to original stars Pam Grier and Robert Forster, he cast Angella Bassett and Robert De Niro. While the bigger names could have made the film a much bigger blockbuster and perhaps even lifted it to the top of the filmmaker’s resume movie list, Grier and Forster delivered lifetime performances and even revitalized their careers for decades.
Quentin Tarantino might have wanted bigger names for Jackie Brownbut the film won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Robert Forster and Golden Globes for Samuel L. Jackson and Pam Grier.
In 1997, Angela Bassett had just given the best performance of her career with Waiting to Exhale, and instead starred in Quentin Tarantino Jackie Brownshe found herself in a supporting role in the science fiction film with Matthew McConaughey and Jodie Foster, Contact. Robert De Niro actually appeared in the film in a more minor role, but the smaller commitment allowed him to star in the film as well. cop lands and Walk the dog that same year. Neither of the stars, Pam Grier and Robert Forster, had played leading roles in a very long time, making Jackie Brown the revitalization they both needed.
Following her success and the Oscar for her performance, Forster landed roles in Mulholland Dr., Charlie’s Angel’s: full throttleand Slevin lucky numberas well as a host of supporting roles, active until her death in 2019. Pam Grier was eventually able to take on bigger roles in In too deep, Ghosts of Marsand a major starring role in Showtime’s The word I.
Quentin Tarantino isn’t one to feel a lot of regret in the movies he brought to life on screen, and he seemed to stick with that sentiment when chatting. Jackie Brown. Sure, he would have cast far bigger names in the lead roles, but as he said in his interview with Bill Maher, he thinks they ended up with the right product. After watching all of his movies on repeat over the past three decades, we’d have to agree with him.