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In the 19 years since "Pulp Fiction" hit theaters, the film that made Quentin Tarantino a superstar has become a bona fide cinematic classic. Hell, it was a classic from the moment it first screened at the Cannes Film Festival. But as a new oral history of the film in Vanity Fair shows, "Pulp Fiction" was almost a very different film.

Forget Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis and John Travolta. How about "Pulp Fiction" starring Paul Calderon, Matt Dillon and Daniel Day-Lewis?

Yes, crazy as it sounds, that was almost the cast of "Pulp Fiction," with the most intriguing prospect being the idea of Day-Lewis (who is likely about to win his record two billionth Oscar for "Lincoln") in Travolta's iconic role as Vincent Vega. Day-Lewis, as it turns out, had read the script and desperately wanted the role, but Tarantino was dead set on Travolta, even though Travolta's career was essentially over. »

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