Long before Quentin Tarantino became one of the most sought-after directors in Hollywood, he developed a story that came to the cinemas as Reservoir Dogs and made film history. Reservoir Dogs is a formative film in many ways, not the least of which is the famous cast lies that brings Tarantino’s characters to life.
However, as with any other film, there was several interested for each role. David Duchovny, known from The X Files – The FBI and Californication, had also applied for a part in Reservoir Dogs, as he reveals in an interview with Collider.
X-Files star David Duchovny wanted to play Mr. Orange in Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs
Duchovny is currently on a press tour for his new Netflix film You People, which will be released in late January. Looking back on his career, the actor reveals:
I auditioned for Pulp Fition and it was… no, not Pulp Fiction. I auditioned for Reservoir Dogs. That was probably in the late 80’s.
Watch the Reservoir Dogs trailer here:
Reservoir Dogs – Trailer (German)
When Duchovny is jokingly asked by his co-star Julia Louis-Dreyfus if he got the part, he replies:
Yes, I was really good in the film. They did, however, replace my head with Tim Roth’s. That really annoyed me. And I didn’t even know about it. When I went to the premiere, I was very surprised: ‘Oh, Tim Roth’s head is on mine.’
Of course, this answer is not meant to be taken seriously. But she tells us what role Duchovny was in the running for: Mr Orange. He is embodied in the film by Tim Roth and is one of the most important characters. Duchovny describes the end of the story as follows:
So I auditioned for Quentin Tarantino, and that’s not a Quentin impersonation, but he’s an energetic guy, and he said, ‘I really like what you’re doing. I just don’t know if I want you to do that in my film.’ That was the best rejection of my life. It looks like Duchovny is long past losing the role. For this we can now imagine in the head cinema, like a alternative version by Reservoir Dogs would have looked with him as Mr. Orange.