When Pulp Fiction hit theaters within the fall of 1994, it wasn’t solely an immediate hit, but it surely kickstarted Samuel L. Jackson’s profession, whereas reviving John Travolta’s fading profession. Each actors earned Oscar nominations for his or her portrayals of assassins Vic Vega and Jules Winnfield. In the present day now we have new particulars that reveal John Travolta might haven’t even taken on the function, had he listened to some recommendation from a high-ranking member of the Church of Scientology, which he has belonged to for over 40 years.
In the course of the newest episode of A&E‘s new documentary collection Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, the actress hosted a Q&A session with former Scientologist Mike Rinder, who revealed that John Travolta requested him to evaluation Quentin Tarantino‘s screenplay for Pulp Fiction, earlier than he agreed to tackle the function of Vic Vega. If the actor would have listened to his recommendation, the film might have been a lot totally different, since Mike Rinder informed the actor he ought to flip down this function. However happily, he did not. Here is what Mike Rinder needed to say on final week’s episode of Leah Reimini: Scientology and the Aftermath, when requested how Scientology performs a job within the lives of its celeb members.
“I’ve bought a narrative about this that I am undecided I ought to actually inform. When Quentin Tarantino approached John Travolta for a job in Pulp Fiction, John requested me to evaluation the script to inform him what I assumed, and his function was a heroin-addict murderer, and I mentioned, ‘Oh, John, I do not suppose that you must do that.’ What nice profession recommendation; I ought to be an agent. Sensibly, he ignored me.”
There have been various different high-profile actors in consideration for the Vic Vega function, with a 2013 e-book revealing that Harvey Weinstein insisted that Daniel Day-Lewis play Vic Vega, with the producer additionally suggesting Sean Penn or William Harm as viable choices. Quentin Tarantino reportedly threatened to depart the undertaking altogether in the event that they did not forged John Travolta. In fact, all the things labored out ultimately, with Pulp Fiction changing into the primary impartial movie to earn greater than $200 million worldwide, from an $eight million funds.
John Travolta nonetheless stays one in every of Scientology’s most outstanding members, and it appears there was no important backlash to the actor taking up this function in Pulp Fiction, towards the recommendation of Church of Scientology. The function did wonders for his profession, paving the best way for his comeback, which was nearly derailed, satirically, by the Church of Scientology itself. The actor starred in and produced a big-budget adaptation of Scientology creator L. Ron Hubbard‘s novel Battlefield Earth, which earned simply $29 million worldwide from a $73 million funds, and remains to be thought-about one of many greatest field workplace bombs of all time. The actor is presently within the midst of one other comeback of types, receiving Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for portraying Robert Shapiro on FX’s Individuals vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.