7 Little Secrets of Tarantino’s Kill Bill Movies You Probably Didn’t Know
Surprisingly, Bruce Willis could have been in the movie.
Kill Bill, Quentin Tarantino’s epic revenge saga split into two films, is considered to be one of Tarantino’s best works. While there are many reasons why these movies are so highly praised, let’s look back at some of the most interesting facts about the Kill Bill series.
Can you imagine Warren Beatty or Bruce Willis in the role of Bill? Quentin Tarantino initially visualized the role of Bill with Beatty in his mind. Willis' name also popped up in the mix.
However, the plot, incorporating martial arts, led Tarantino to think of the role with a different perspective, eventually zeroing in on David Carradine.
Gogo Yubari, with her lethal ball and chain, is one of the most memorable characters from the first movie. Tarantino had a chapter named Yuki's Revenge in his mind, chronicling Gogo's twin and her vendetta against the Bride.
Alas, due to runtime and budgetary constraints, this thrilling subplot was shelved.
Actors Wearing Multiple Hats
Two actors played double roles, and they nailed it. First one is Michael Parks, who flawlessly transitioned from Sheriff Earl McGraw in Vol. 1 to a Mexican pimp Esteban Vihaio in Vol. 2.
Gordon Liu also had dual roles, — as the leader of the Crazy 88 Johnny Mo and the legendary kung fu master Pai Mei.
Michael Jai White Was in the Movie
We haven’t seen Bill fighting in the movie, which is a shame. In the original version of the movie, Bill faces off against a character played by Michael Jai White. Unfortunately, this scene was left on the cutting room floor.
Thurman’s Pregnancy Pause
Tarantino's dedication to his vision is commendable. When his lead actress, Uma Thurman, announced her pregnancy after the script's completion, he chose to wait rather than recast. His unwavering faith in Thurman's portrayal certainly paid off as she was absolutely unforgettable as the Bride.
The fierce on-screen battles between Uma Thurman and Daryl Hannah felt eerily real, and perhaps for a good reason. Off-screen, the two were far from pals. They even requested hotel staff to keep them separate during the press tour.
Tarantino Takes a Hit
Filming action sequences can be risky, but it's not every day the director gets injured. While shooting, Chiaki Kuriyama, wielding a ball-and-chain, accidentally hit Tarantino, who stood a bit too close to the action. That was \definitely not scripted.