Keitel, on the other hand, had acted in Martin Scorsese classics such as “Mean Streets” and “Taxi Driver,” and had just played a big character in “Thelma and Louise” the year before (incidentally, a film where Madsen had a supporting part). Mr. White, played by Harvey Keitel, is the most sympathetic of the convicts and creates a fatherly attachment with Mr. Orange. Unfortunately for him, Orange is the rat of the gang.
Tarantino wanted to cast Harvey Keitel in the film because “Harvey had been his favorite actor since he was 16 years old.” It turned out that realizing his ambition was easier than the young director had anticipated.
Harvey Keitel (born May 13, 1939) is an actor from the United States. He is well-known for playing ethically ambiguous and “tough guy” characters. He emerged to popularity during the New Hollywood movement and has had a long-standing relationship with filmmaker Martin Scorsese, appearing in six of his films since 1967.
Keitel studied acting with Stella Adler and Lee Strasberg, as well as at the HB Studio, before gaining roles in some Off-Broadway companies. During this time, Keitel auditioned for Martin Scorsese, who cast him as “J.R.” in Scorsese’s debut feature film, Who’s That Knocking at My Door? (1967). Scorsese and Keitel have collaborated on countless projects since then.