Roles turned down by Quentin Tarantino:
Quentin Tarantino turned down the role of President of the United States due to scheduling conflicts.
Tarantino was the studio's first choice to direct the film.
Actor who got the part: Barry Sonnenfeld
According to the DVD exec producers commentary, Eli Roth considered Quentin Tarantino for the role of the American Client but ultimately decided having that Takashi Miike and Tarantino visit the torture house would be pushing their luck.
Actor who got the part: Rick Hoffman
Quentin Tarantino was reportedly approached to write and direct the film in 1999.
Actor who got the part: Jon Favreau
Tarantino was supposedly considered to play the part of Stan Lee before Stan signed on.
Actor who got the part: Stan Lee
Was the original choice to play Cucuy's role, but shooting on the film interfered with filming of Tarantino's Kill Bill.
Actor who got the part: Danny Trejo
Quentin Tarantino wrote the part of Mr. Pink for himself, but gave it away to Steve Buscemi.
Actor who got the part: Steve Buscemi