1. - Fred Williamson, From Dusk Till Dawn, 1996. Director George Romero's legendary horror make-up genius - and bit-player - once rejected an offer from a Manhattan Beach video store clerk called Tarantino to make a personal appearance at Video Archives. He accepted Quentin's next offer - and joined the Duskers, preferring Sex Machine (and his crotch) to the role of Frost.
2. - Richard Rutowski, U Turn, 1997. Impressed by the above role, scenarist-director Oliver Stone called up Savini for Second Biker - but his SFX male-up assignments intervened and Stone’s producer filled in. Savini has since gone further than his idol, Lon Caney, by adding director to his status of actor-stuntman-make-up artist.
3. - George Rossi, RPM, 1997. Tarantino compadre Roger Avary wrote the script - for Lundgren, Daniel Auteuil, Yun-Fat Chow, Matt Dillon, Tcheky Karyo, Nastassja Kinski, Vanessa Paradis, Tom Savini, Terence Stamp - and Avary’s Killing Zoe stars: Jean-Hugues Anglade and Eric Stoltz. He then decided against directing. The producer hired Ian Sharp “and the two guys who did Grumpier Old Men [!?!] to rewrite my script.” Actually, Donald Cammell (using the pseudonym Franklin Brauner), helped out just before his death. Avary removed his name from the ensuing mess.