Inglourious Basterds: why Christoph Waltz rehearsed with Tarantino and not with the stars of the film

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If Christoph Waltz accepted this funny proposal, he still insisted on rehearsing with someone to prepare himself and it was Tarantino himself who willingly lent himself to the exercise. Note that Waltz still rehearsed in the company of an actor from Inglourious Basterds, namely the French Denis Ménochet, with whom he shares the opening scene of the film.

Always to reveal as little as possible to the rest of the cast, Tarantino asked his actor, relatively unknown at the time, to keep some under the sole during the collective reading of the script. “I told him, ‘I don’t want you to be bad at reading, but I want you to hold back a lot’, says the bluffing filmmaker. “I don’t want them to think they get a glimpse of what you’re going to give the character.”

“On a scale of 10, give them a 6”, continues the American filmmaker, recalling his words to Waltz. “Be good enough, just good enough. I don’t want you to be competing with anyone on this reading, and if you are, then lose. I don’t want them to know what’s inside you. or have any control over Landa. “

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