Bastards Director On “Basterds” Role

Enzo G. Castellari, the director of the original 1978 “Inglorious Bastards” (aka. “Deadly Mission”), talked with magazine Il Venerdì di Repubblica (via Screen Week) about his role in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming “Inglourious Basterds” which takes an entirely new spin on his classic WW2 exploitation film.

“I play a Nazi General in the movie. In one scene we are in Paris, during the War, and I have to take a lady into a movie theater. Inside the theather there are all the big Nazis like Joseph Goebbles.

They are there to see a new propaganda movie Stolz der Nation (“The Pride of a Country”) that actually is a movie inside our movie, directed by Eli Roth and played by Bo Svenson – my actor in the first “Inglorious Bastards”.

At the screening, you also meet the famous German actress Bridget Von Hammermark (Diane Kruger) and a small group of people who introduce themselves as Italian filmmakers. Brad Pitt says his name is Enzo Girolami and that is my real name! Right in that moment, I am in the same shot, behind Brad.”

Castellari went on about his scene and revealed what sounds like a big moment in the ending and the fate of at least once character. Highlight to view the SPOILER-FILLED QUOTE:

“During that scene I saw Martin Wuttke, the actor who plays Hitler in the movie. He had his blues full of holes (a machine gun) and covered in blood. Eli Roth as well was covered in blood. They told me: “We made what Tom Cruise didn’t”. They referred to Valkyrie and the plot to kill Hitler that failed, and that movie had to respect history”.