During an appearance on a recent episode of Amy Schumer’s 3 Girls, 1 Keith podcast, Tarantino said he thought it would be cool to direct a feature based on the Black superhero in Harlem during the 1970s. But after an argument with his “comic geek friends,” the acclaimed director ended up being turned off from the idea, Complex reports.
“I had an idea that [Laurence] Fishburne would’ve been the perfect guy to play Luke Cage. But all my friends were like, ‘It’s got to be Wesley Snipes,'” Tarantino recalled. He was convinced Fishburne was perfect for the role due to his “Marlon Brando” appeal, but his friends weren’t feeling it.
“I think Fish is the man.’ And they’re like, ‘Yeah, but he’d have to get in shape in a big way. Snipes is that way already!’” he continued. “And I go, ‘Fuck that! That’s not that important! Fuck you, you ruined the whole damn thing!”
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Tarantino told the podcast that his Luke Cage film would have been his second release, following “Reservoir Dogs” in 1992.
“There was a time before all this Marvel sh*t was coming out,” Tarantino said per The Guardian. “It was after Reservoir Dogs, it was before Pulp Fiction, and I had thought about doing Luke Cage. Growing up I was a big comic-book collector, and my two favorite [comic books] were Luke Cage: Hero for Hire, later Luke Cage: Power Man, and Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu.”
It’s worth noting that both Fishburne and Snipes ended up in Marvel movies.
Snipes starred in the “Blade” trilogy while Fishburne appeared in 2018’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp.”
Meanwhile, actor Mike Colter ultimately bagged the Luke Cage role for the brief Netflix series.
You can listen to the Tarantino’s conversation with the podcast here.