The Recasting Couch Ep. 35: Reservoir Dogs

Reservoir Dogs

Reservoir Dogs; the heist movie with everything except the heist. This film put Quentin Tarantino on the map along with Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth, and Michael Madsen. It also caused a brief resurgence of Stealers Wheel. I don’t know what it is about Quentin, man. He just seems to be able to get the absolute best out of the actors he works with, and this film is no exception, on a shoestring budget no less. Although he can’t act his way out of a paper bag, he was supposed to play Mr. Pink and was dead set on it until Buscemi came in and crushed the audition so hard, he somehow overrode Quentin Tarantino’s ego, which may be the most impressive acting feat of all time.

The production of the movie itself was pretty wild. Career criminals in the cast calling several details of the movie ‘unrealistic’, cast members being arrested on set, paramedics on site ensuring the medical accuracy of Mr. Orange bleeding out over time (and Orange having to be peeled off the ground after shooting everyday). This movie has some seriously masterful dialogue and story telling. It runs just over an hour and a half, and it’s about as well paced and fat-free a movie that you could ask for. I mean, the “fuck ratio” alone is impressive. There is an average of 2.75 “fuck”s per minute. Those are just some insanely efficient advanced statistics. Although, it doesn’t score well on the “white guys dropping the n-bomb” scale…

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