Quentin Tarantino is one of the most genius directors of all-time, and his epic film Reservoir Dogs catapulted him into superstardom. Not only did it feature an ensemble cast, but it was done independently.
The 1992 cult-classic was a modest success in the U.S., doubling its budget with $2.8 million at the box office. This year, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the film, the cast got together for a screening at Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. As Maxim points out, here’s a few cool trivia facts about the heist flick that you may not know.
The movie was filmed in only 35 days. Originally set for a $30,000 budget, the film received some help in the form of actor and producer Harvey Keitel, who played Mr. White in the film. He also helped kick the budget into high gear with nearly $1.5 million of his own money.
Another fun fact, Tarantino intended to play Mr. Pink from the get-go, and he even told Steve Buscemi. But, after Buscemi’s audition, the bug-eyed actor was given the role, which is why Tarantino ended up as Mr. Brown.
It turns out there were also some pretty big names who auditioned for the film, including George Clooney, Samuel L. Jackson and Christopher Walken.
One of the craziest facts we learned was enough to even take us by surprise. Horror flick legend Wes Craven was among the list of people that walked out on the film, due to the amount of violence depicted.
If you’re not familiar with Kaante, you should be. It’s a Bollywood remake of Reservoir Dogs that came out in 2002, and even incorporates moments from Heat and The Usual Suspects. Tarantino himself has said it’s his favorite among the Bollywood rip-offs of his work.
Oh, and when it comes to the climatic Mexican standoff scene? Yeah, good luck figuring that out.