The famous American filmmaker wanted to see comedian Adam Sandler embody one of the protagonists of his “Inglourious Basterds”. Unfortunately, things didn’t go as he hoped.
Inglourious Basterds : Sandler at all costs
His goal ? Massacre Nazis on French soilbut not anyhow! In the most violent way possible, in order to scare the other soldiers. Faced with all this little world, the formidable Hans Landa, Colonel SS devious and particularly dangerous under his sweet air. All will end up crossing paths in a cinema, for a very special session…
Quentin Tarantino, made a revelation about his film at the microphone of the podcast ClubRandom. Accompanied by director and comedian Judd Apatow, the holder of a Palme d’Or confirms having written a role ofInglourious Basterds for Adam Sandler, and not just anyone!
It’s the character of Sergeant Donny Donnowitz, aka the Jewish Bear, which should have been returned to the actor. Visibly, the latter was more than ready to participate in the project. Tarantino remembers the actor’s enthusiasm after reading the script, which he simply adored. Sandler was particularly excited about the idea of a very particular sequence of the feature film.
He told all the Jews he met that he was going to “play this guy who smashes Nazis at bat”.
Despite this encouraging information, what happened to make things not happen ? It would seem that the “culprit” is none other than Judd Apatow himself!
First come, first served
Also present at the microphone of the podcast, the famous comedy producer explains that at the same time, he was preparing to shoot funny people. A project in which Adam Sandler had already committed to participate a year and a half ago. The two shoots taking place at exactly the same time, the actor could not play the famous Sergeant Donny in Inglourious Basterds.
A disappointment which, for a time, plunged Tarantino into some turmoil. The latter is amused by the fact that “Judd had hired all the good Jews to shoot in funny people“. He thus quotes Sandler, but also Seth Rogen, insisting on the fact that everyone was too busy to play in the comedy-drama.
I kill Hitler with a baseball bat and no Jew is available!
If Apatow admits to having “felt bad” when he realized the shoots were overlapping, the director of Kill Bill does not seem to have held it against his fellow filmmaker.
And you can imagine, behind his jokes, Tarantino quickly bounced back to cast a new actor. It was Eli Roth, a longtime friend, who finally replaced Sandler with flying colors. The latter thus joined a five-star cast, from Brad Pitt to Christoph Waltz via Mélanie Laurent, Jacky Ido and even Denis Ménochet.