Eli Roth, who plays Sgt. Donnie Donowitz in 'Inglourious Basterds', has spilled some beans on what the Quentin Tarantino-directed ensemble film has to offer.
"Inglourious Basterds" will be one gory film. Talking about the upcoming war drama film, Eli Roth who depicts Sgt. Donnie Donowitz shared to MTV that there will be "a lot of scalpings" seen in the movie. "He's not going to skimp on the scalping, let me tell you," the 37-year-old explained. "Quentin based what the Basterds do on what the Apache Indians did."
"They would do what's known now as the Apache Resistance, where they would capture people and horribly mutilate them, scalp them, torture them, cut them up and leave one person alive," he detailed. "Then, [the survivor] would go back to the cavalry and describe what happened - and the psychological warfare got so strong that if the cavalry came across a bunch of Apache Indians, they would just take their guns and shoot themselves in the heads and shoot each other in the heads because of the horror of what had been described to them. ... This is what the Jews are doing to the Nazis. We get these Nazis and we scalp them, and we beat them to death with a baseball bat."
As for the essence of the film, Roth said, "Brad Pitt is the lieutenant and I'm his sergeant, and we put together this team of Jews to go undercover in France and terrorize the Nazis." He added, recalling, "We joked about the line in 'Knocked Up' where they go, ' 'Munich' [is about] Jews kicking ass.' Quentin was like, 'No, no, no. This is the movie they were talking about in "Knocked Up"! This is Jews kicking ass.'"
"This movie has the intensity of 'Reservoir Dogs,' the style of 'Pulp Fiction,' the violence of 'Kill Bill,' the adrenaline of 'Death Proof' and the characters of 'Jackie Brown.' It's really the greatest of Quentin's talents, all culminating in this film."
Centering its story on a group of disgraced U.S. soldiers at the period of World War II, "Inglourious Basterds" will tell an intertwined story between the soldiers sent to blow up a Parisian theaters premiering a Nazi propaganda film and a French Jewish teenager whose family is brutally murdered by the Nazi.
The star-studded cast ensemble of "Basterds" include Brad Pitt, Mike Myers, Diane Kruger, Michael Fassbender, Julie Dreyfus, Paul Rust and Melanie Laurent. Directed, co-produced and penned by Quentin Tarantino, the World War II flick is slated for August 21 U.S. release.