Excellent director of actors, Quentin Tarantino has yet changed his way of doing “Inglourious Basterds” since he asked Christoph Waltz not to rehearse with the rest of the cast. And for very good reason.
Inglourious Basterds: from the great Tarantino
Released in French theaters in August 2009, Inglourious Basterds is a movie delight signed Quentin Tarantino. This is the third biggest success of the latter (behind Django Unchained and Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood).
The feature film takes place during the first years of the German occupation in France. We follow on one side a young Jewish woman, Shosanna Dreyfus (Mélanie Laurent), forced to hide under a new identity after narrowly escaping death, and on the other, a band of American Jewish soldiers led by Lieutenant Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) whose goal is to kill as many Nazis as possible. These destinies will intersect to achieve a common goal: to kill Hitler and end the Third Reich.
Inglourious Basterds has been nominated for an Oscar eight times, and won one. And not the least. Indeed, Christoph Waltz won the statuette of best supporting actor, a few months after winning the interpretation prize at the Cannes film festival. And for good reason. His performance as SS Colonel Hans Landa is stratospheric.
Christoph Waltz sidelined during rehearsals
This is undoubtedly one of the best performances of actors of the 21st century. Impossible to forget his performance in the introduction of the film, and his “Goodbye Shosanna!“bloodcurdling.
The world has truly discovered all of Christoph Waltz’s talent in Inglourious Basterds, and Quentin Tarantino knew there was something special about it.
In the podcast “The Moment“, the director revealed that the actor had received a little preferential treatment. Indeed, contrary to his habits, Quentin Tarantino didn’t have Waltz rehearse with the rest of the cast before filming:
I saw Christoph before I got to the reading. I told him “everyone is curious about who is going to play Hans Landa. I don’t want you to be bad at reading. But I want you to keep some under the sole. I don’t want to give them too big one. outline of what you can do, who really will be Landa. On a scale of 1 to 10, be a 6. Be good, but not too good. Don’t show them right away who Landa really is. “
And the director ofInglourious Basterds did not stop there. Waltz also had to rehearse on his own. Here’s what Tarantino told him:
“On a related note, with the exception of the French farmer, I want you to rehearse on your own before the shoot. I don’t want Diane Kruger or Brad Pitt to know your character before the cameras go on.”
You would have understood it, only Denis Ménochet (Mr LaPadite) had the privilege of rehearsing with Christoph Waltz before the shooting. He didn’t say anything about Mélanie Laurent, but if she hadn’t seen what Landa was capable of before the shooting, we can understand his reaction of fear …