ByDaniel Pearson, writer at

The word of the street last year was that Tarantino had pinned down Lord of the Rings star Viggo Mortensen to play a "ruthless gang leader role" in his upcoming movie The Hateful Eight.

All seemed well. It was a good move for both parties: for Mortensen it was another good notch on the bed post; for Tarantino it was a big name with a guaranteed badass persona. It was a "perfect fit", if you'll excuse the tired phrase.

But unfortunately it's not going to happen. As Mortensen explained to Grantland,

"All of last fall, I traveled nonstop. I was on a plane every two days to promote 'Jauja' and 'Far From Men.' I knew as a producer and an actor that I needed to do that for those movies to have a chance to be seen. [Tarantino] wanted to start shooting at the end of the year and do rehearsals before that, and I just couldn’t do that schedule-wise."

He continued,

"That’s the only reason [I passed]. It would have been really, really fun to work with him. I think he’s really smart and funny. I’d never sat down and talked to him that much, although I did audition for 'Reservoir Dogs,' which he remembered."

Maybe Viggo was finally getting his revenge for Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs rejection!

Tarantino's The Hateful Eight is in theaters November 13th, 2015.


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