Since we’re weekend warriors now, it only makes sense that we break from the pack and engage in some rampant free-thinking. Pretty soon YouTube and Hollywood should completely merge and we will be seeing our favorite YouTubers starring in our favorite TV shows and movies. Of course, until that point, we can only speculate on what might have been had this merger happened 10, 20 or 500 years ago. So every weekend, we take a pop culture movie and recast it with YouTubers who we think might have worked perfectly in that role.
This week: PulpFiction
This is one of the most fun movies to recast with YouTubers because it offers characters that are so unique and fleshed out, but it also presents a challenge because you want to get it all “just right.”
Three different stories wrapped into one another, Pulp Fiction details two hitmen, two would-be robbers and an over-the-hill boxer being paid to throw a match. The language is salty, the content wild and the visuals are splashy and graphic. Really this movie should have won Best Picture, but it had the bad luck to come out in 1994 against another epic: Forrest Gump. Still, it’s a brilliant piece that propelled its director, Quentin Tarantino, into superstardom. So who plays what on YouTube? Let’s find out.
Played in the movie by: John Travolta
Played in our version by: Chester See
Chester See is cool. He sings, he dances, he acts — he is YouTube’s John Travolta. And as this was the iconic role that busted John Travolta back onto the A-list, so too would Chester See become the bonafide superstar if he were to tackle the role of a heroin-using hitman who is forced to take his boss’ wife on a date.
Played in the movie by: Samuel L. Jackson
Played in our version by: Destorm Power
We’re not exactly the sort of people who cast black people as black characters or white people as white characters — hell, with us, guys don’t even have to be played by guys. That being said, who is cooler than Chester See on YouTube? Destorm Power. And without question, Destorm would disappear completely and amazingly into the role of Jules, the bible-quote spouting badass with a wallet that reads “”Bad Motherf**ker.”
Played in the movie by: Uma Thurman
Played in our version by: Jenna Marbles
Jenna has already done purple hair, so it wouldn’t be a stretch to see her go black. Jenna is a doll; she’s cute, she’s feisty and she’s cool. She has the moxie to play with the big boys and win the Jack Rabbit Slims Twist Contest … or at least steal the trophy.
Played in the movie by: Bruce Willis
Played in our version by: ShayCarl
The boxer who just wants to win his fight, keep his dad’s watch and stay alive, Butch is the heart of the movie, but also, like most of the characters, a stone cold badass. So who could wield a samurai sword, drive a hard-earned chopper and act opposite Harley Morenstein? I’m thinking ShayCarl has got this.
Played in the movie by: Ving Rhames
Played in our version by: Harley Morenstein
Harley is the baddest motherf**ker on YouTube, hands down. So who wouldn’t expect him to be calling the shots, Sauce Boss style? Plus, how great would it be to see him in that pawn shop scene? Yeah, get ‘im, Zed.
Played in the movie by: Harvey Keitel
Played in our version by: Lilly Singh
Cooler and calmer than anybody else in the movie, The Wolf is very, very good at his job. As a result, The Wolf needs to be played by someone on YouTube who could handle the business when shit gets REAL. If you look for those characteristics on YouTube, look no further than Superwoman herself, Lilly Singh.
Pumpkin & Honey Bunny
Played in the movie by: Tim Roth & Amanda Plummer
Played in our version by: Timothy DeLaGhetto & Felicia Day
She’s neurotic, he’s scheming and they’re both capable of becoming wildly unhinged. Think Felicia Day (whose red hair makes her a natural) and Timothy DeLaGhetto. That’s straight up Pumpkin and Honey Bunny.