Ellen DeGeneres is an LGBT pioneer and loveable talk show host who always has a wise crack available for her legion of super famous guests.
However, what many may not realise is that she came very close to forging a career in Hollywood that would have included an appearance in Quentin Tarantino’s seminal hit Pulp Fiction.
Back in the mid 90s, DeGeneres was best known for her role as the wise-cracking central protagonist of the wildly popular sitcom, Ellen.
Tarantino though, ever the rebel, had other ideas and gave DeGeneres the chance to do something a little different with an audition for his latest movie.
Her potential role in Pulp Fiction was a meaty one too, with reports suggesting DeGeneres was in the running to play Jody the girlfriend of Eric Stoltz, Vincent Vega’s drug dealer and origin of the heroin that sets much of that chapter of the film’s drama in motion.
It was a part that would have required DeGeneres to undergo quite a makeover too.
Rosanna Arquette, who eventually landed the role, wore several piercings for the part as part of a grungier, grittier look that was a far cry from DeGenere’s more familiar appearance.
Ultimately, however, it was simply not meant to be.
Having come out on her sitcom, Ellen went on to carve out a career as one of America’s most popular and enduring talk show hosts, winning four Daytime Emmys in the process and a place on the cover of TIME magazine.
Rosanna Arquette, on the other hand, didn’t go on to a whole lot more. Which is awkward.
Loaded staff writer Danielle De La Bastide has lived all over the planet and written for BuzzFeed, Thought Catalog as well as print publications throughout the Caribbean.