Brad Pitt signed on for Inglorious Bastards
There has been quite a bit of news in the last couple days surrounding Quentin Tarantino’s potential “masterpiece,” the super-mega-anticipated “Inglorious Bastards.” Today, Variety reports that Brad Pitt, whose name has attached to the rumors about the flick for quite some time, has finally made it official that he will star as Aldo Raine in the World War II epic.
I think Pitt is great for the part, a “Tennessee hillbilly who assembles a team of eight Jewish-American soldiers.” He’s always been a great character actor, from “Snatch” to “Fight Club” to the upcoming “Curios Case of Benjamin Button,” so there’s no doubt in my mind that Pitt will portray said hillbilly perfectly.
Leo DiCaprio, another big name that was rumored to star, seems to have been dropped for consideration, which kind of disappoints me. I think DiCaprio is another one of Hollywood’s truly great actors right now, and it would have been incredible to see he and Pitt share screen time. Whether as friends or enemies (I have yet to read the script, so I’m not sure whether Pitt and DiCaprio’s supposed characters worked together of not), I’m sure their confrontations and such would be very dynamic.
Here’s the most surprising news surrounding “Bastards,” though — Tarantino’s friend and expert in all things horror, Eli Roth, has been brought up as an actor in the movie. What? That really doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. Every time Tarantino has mentioned the project for the last decade (or however long it’s actually been since he started talking up “Bastards”), he has stirred up the crazy, only half-believable casting choices, putting together a dream cast that any director would kill to be a part of. Then when movie actually becomes a reality (primary shooting begins Oct. 13), he goes and casts a director in the movie? Not some Oscar-nominated movie star, like he’s been talking about forever? It seems like such an odd change of plans to me.
Oh well. With or without Roth, this movie is going to kick some serious ass.