Actor Laurence Fishbourne has been in the news a lot lately. Last week, Warner Bros officially announced Matrix would be returning for a 4th installment. Along with the announcement, Warner Bros also confirmed the return of the film’s characters. Keanu Reeves and Carrie Anne Moss, and Jada Pinkett-Smith. Noticeably missing was one of the film’s pivotal characters to the story, Laurence Fishburne.
During an interview with The New Yorker, the actor discussed his character Morpheus and confirmed he would not be returning for the upcoming film, insisting he was not invited.
“No. I have not been invited. Maybe that will make me write another play. I wish them well. I hope it’s great,” the actor said.
Now the actor is in the news once again for another role. However, this time it’s a role that he turned down.
Back in 1994, Pulp Fiction was released, eventually becoming a cult classic. For the first time, Fishbourne revealed he was initially offered the role of Jules Winnfield. The actor stated he turned the role down due to some of the behaviors of the character.
“I just had a problem with the way the [substance] use was dealt with,” Fishburne said of the 1994 cult classic flick co-starring Uma Thurman. “I just felt it was a little cavalier, and it was a little loose. I felt like it made [substance] use attractive. For me, it’s not just my character. It’s, ‘What is the whole thing saying?’… It wasn’t about my character in Pulp Fiction. It was about the way in which [it] was delivered. And the whole thing with the hypodermic and the adrenaline shot? No.”
The role of Jules Winnfield eventually went to Samuel L. Jackson, who is also one of the top actors in Hollywood.