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Michael Madsen Opens Up On Tarantino's Vega Brothers Prequel

Michael Madsen Opens Up On Tarantino's Vega Brothers Prequel

FIlmmaking can be a long slog. You've got to write a script, pitch it to a studio, get it greenlit, find a producer, cast the actors, film the thing, edit it and do all the post-production before it's even released - then, you have to take it to every film festival you can in the hope that people will like it and you'll get a distributor.

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Of course, if you've already had loads of films already then this whole process becomes a lot easier. If you've had so many films that people can't remember them all, then you've likely already got it made - and if there are three men who can claim that, then Quentin Tarantino, John Travolta and Michael Madsen might well be those three blokes.

Guys like this can just make it up as they go along and get almost anything made: if you don't believe me, then you clearly haven't seen Battlefield Earth or BloodRayne.

So when we tell you that Michael Madsen claims that Quentin Tarantino has an idea for a crossover between Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, involving no less than two dead characters, then you have to run with us that it might actually happen.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

"He explained The Vega Brothers to me one time," Madsen told the Hollywood Reporter of the proposed film, which featured his character Vic Vega, aka Mr Blonde, and his alleged brother, Vincent Vega, famously played by John Travolta.

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"I still don't get it. We were supposed to make that after Pulp Fiction, with John Travolta and I as brothers. Vincent Vega and Vic Vega as brothers."

"Quentin was going to make a film called The Vega Brothers. And I said 'Quentin, we're both dead. We both get killed in those movies'."

"He said 'well, it's a prequel'. And I said 'you know, John and I don't really look that young anymore, I don't think it's going to work. So he said: OK, I've got a better idea: so now he told me the scenario of The Vega Brothers, but it was so complicated I can't explain it'."

Fans will remember that Vic Vega/Mr Blond was shot by Mr Orange in the lockup at the end of Reservoir Dogs, while Vincent Vega is killed by Bruce Willis' character, Butch Coolidge, after coming out of the bathroom to find him toting a machine gun.

Madsen later recounted a story of his last meeting with Travolta, telling The Hollywood Reporter: "I did a race car picture with John. Me and Johnny did a picture in Talladega called Trading Paint."

"It hasn't even come out yet. We shot it last year in Alabama. Where we are adversarial race car drivers. And John comes up to me one day and he says 'You talk to Quentin lately? You should ask him if we are going to do The Vega Brothers'.

"And I'm like 'You're John Travolta! You need me to ask him? Why don't you ask him?' He wants to do it as much as I do. Johnny's a good cat."

Featured Image Credit: Miramax Films

Topics: TV and Film, US Entertainment

Mike Wood

Mike Meehall Wood is a freelance journalist and translator. He writes for LADbible, VICE and countless sports publications, focusing on rugby league, football and boxing. He is a graduate of Leeds University and maintains a fizzy pop obsession. Contact Mike at [email protected]

 

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