Sitting down with Josh Horowitz on his Happy Sad Confused podcast, the filmmaker admitted that, at one point, he reached out to Tom Cruise to play the role of stuntman Cliff Booth, which eventually went to Pitt.
"We talked about it," Tarantino shared. "He's a great guy, and we really hit it off."
The Pulp Fiction director said that, while he went in a different direction for this project, working with Cruise is still a possibility, adding, "It could happen on something else."
Ultimately, Tarantino admitted that he lucked out in a big way when he managed to get DiCaprio and Pitt -- two actors he's worked with in the past, but on separate projects -- to star in this film together.
"The reality of it was, people ask, 'Was it always these two guys?' And I'm like, 'Well, it's the casting coup of the decade,'" Tarantino reflected. "You can't count on that. They both have to respond to it, they both have to want to play they roles, they have to be available. There's a whole lot of stuff there."
In the film, DiCaprio plays a fading movie star named Rick Dalton, while Pitt plays his close friend and stunt double. For the casting to work, Tarantino explained, he needed two stars who made sense, physically, playing an actor and his double.
I love Brad Pitt in this film but I also desperately want Tom Cruise in a QT film. In this chat Tarantino confirms Tom Cruise nearly played Brad Pitt's role in ONCE. "We talked about it. We really hit it off and it could happen on something else." https://t.co/SB03CH39wV