Bruce Willis Was Almost Bill in KILL BILL
Okay, this isn’t quite “horror” news but all the same, I find it interesting so I’m passing it along. It looks like there were three actors writer-director Quentin Tarantino considered for the role of Bill in his two-part epic Kill Bill. We already know David Carradine ended up with the role. And we know Warren Beatty was Tarantino’s first choice. But the third? None other than Mr. Bruce Willis.
Tarantino tells the Reel Blend podcast: “I wrote [the character of] Bill for Warren Beatty and it ended up not working out. And then I cast David Carradine, and kind of rewrote it for David Carradine. Bruce [Willis] would have been my third choice… When I read the original version of Kill Bill, it kind of cracks me up now, because it’s the Warren Beatty version.”
He continues: “When I look at that original version, you know, Bill was a little bit more of an evil James Bond type. Okay? Rather than the Bondian villain, he was more like an evil bond. And he kind of had this, he had a Warren Beatty kind of quality about him. And frankly, to tell you the truth, I probably wouldn’t have to had rewritten it that much if I had cast Bruce in it. Bruce could have actually played that evil James Bond kind of character and I would have just leaned into his personality maybe just a little bit more. A little less Cristal. A little bit more Coors, all right. A little less champagne, a little more beer.”