Navigation Bar - Text Links at Bottom of Page


Chapter Two - Casting
Casting INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS required the skill and patience of a team of casting directors in Paris, Berlin and Los Angeles. The production would cast actors from each character's corresponding country. "I think it's groundbreaking, but I know that the international audience is ready for it,” co-producer Henning Molfenter, who is part of the production team at Berlin's Studio Babelsberg, says. "It's a new step towards an international cinema, and I think it will be greatly appreciated.”

Brad Pitt was the first actor to join the ensemble cast as Lieutenant Aldo Raine. Tarantino flew to France during pre-production to meet with the actor. Tarantino explains, "I'd met Brad a couple of times, and I knew that he was interested in working with me, and I was interested in working with him. But it doesn't usually work that way with me. It always is the character first, and as I was writing Aldo Raines, I realized ‘hey this could be a good role for Brad,' By the end, I started getting nervous, because what do I do if he doesn't do it? And when I was finishing up the script, I knew we had to start right away. So I was panicking, think ‘what are the chances that the most in demand movie star wants to do it and will be available right exactly when I need him, which is right now.' Sometimes the movie gods smile on you.” Tarantino says of working with Pitt: "He's wonderful. We've wanted to work together for a long time and this was just the right one, completely. I really didn't consider anybody else.”

Diane Kruger, who grew up in Germany and lives in Paris, found that the multi-national cast marks a refreshing change for world cinema. "Being from Europe, I really appreciate it. I think it's great that Quentin has the guts to do it. It adds authenticity. Different languages have different melodies, and it's funny to hear and people not understanding each other.”

Although Bridget Von Hammersmark was among the last roles cast, Tarantino clicked with Kruger instantly. Executive Producer Erica Steinberg comments: "Diane gets Quentin's sense of humor. When she read the script, she got him. It wasn't something that she had to learn. She completely understands his dialogue.”

Kruger embraced her character's place in the film's unusual "fictitious history.” "Bridget Von Hammersmark is a very cool character to play,” Kruger says. "She is a German movie star of the 40s, in the vein of a big UFA movie star, like Marlene Dietrich or Hildegard Knef. What is special about her is that she decided to stay during the war, and she was very much loved for that by the Germans. She's familiar with the Nazi regime, but she's actually a spy for the Brits.” 

Among the first actors cast in INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS was Daniel Brühl. Brühl describes the character of war-hero-turned-movie-star Fredrick Zoller: "He's sweet and he's handsome, and he's a cinema lover. He has to fight hard to get Shosanna, and he does so throughout the film. He can't take it that this girl treats him so badly and doesn't have any respect or feelings whatsoever for him.”

Tarantino admits that Brühl's character "is based a little bit on [well known WWII vet] Audie Murphy. And just like Audie Murphy, Daniel Brühl's about to become a movie star.”

Brühl traveled to Paris to read with a group of French actresses who were up for the role of Shosanna. There was a palpable chemistry between Brühl and Mélanie Laurent, an actress and director who was nominated for the Golden Palm for Best Short Film at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival and won the 2007 César for Most Promising Actress. 

"Shosanna was always a main character,” says Tarantino. "One of the biggest changes in my conception of the film from way back when until now—in fact, hands down the biggest thing—is that, in the original version of this script, Shosanna was kind of a movie character. She w

Next Production Note Section


Home | Theaters | Video | TV

Your Comments and Suggestions are Always Welcome.

2018 41,  All Rights Reserved.


Find:  HELP!