In an interview with Blackbook magazine, Eli “Bear Jew” Roth reveals how, during the making of Inglourious Basterds, he “sort of became the Jewish technical advisor” to director Quentin Tarantino:
There were just certain psychological things that he would kind of gut check with me. Would a Jew do this? Or do you think this way? Before he wrote the last chapter, I came over in April of 2008 and said if you want real insight into Jewish psychology, you should come over to my Passover Seder at my house in Los Angeles. I’m not very religious, but my family celebrates Passover. He had never seen that side of me, because truthfully, I rarely let it out. So, he’s never really seen me as a Jew.
Did Quentin read from the Haggadah?
Oh yeah, we all did. I make everyone read. They don’t have to read it in Hebrew. We do it in Boston accents, Jewish accents, we have fun with it. But it always turns into real serious discussions about the Holocaust. Quentin was talking about absolution and the concept of absolution, and I said to him, you know, absolution really is a Christian concept. So the Jews, I was like, we collect interest. We just get angrier about stuff over the years. We don’t just forgive, and we don’t forget anything. I was like, I would kill every one of these motherfuckers. I wouldn’t forgive any of them.
So in that spirit was it cathartic for you, as a Jew, to be able to beat shit out of fake Nazis?
What I realized was not only was it cathartic for me, it was cathartic for them [the German actors]. They’re this whole generation of people who have nothing to do with it. They are burdened by what their grandparents did–this horrible, unthinkable thing, and they’re getting stuck with the blame for it. So all of us wanted to kill it. And the guy playing Hitler, and girls, they were like let’s fucking kill these guys. Let’s just do it. Kill them. They all had fantasies about killing these guys. So they wanted the deaths to be as violent as possible. It was like, let’s go kill them together and make a great scene.
This really is an excellent interview, and you can read the full thing here. In addition, Tarantino Archives brings us several new UK character posters, including Christoph Waltz as Colonel Landa, the Jew Hunter, Diane Kruger as double agent Bridget Van Hammersmark, Melanie Laurent as Shoshanna Dreyfus, and Brad Pitt as Lt. Aldo Raine.
Finally, if you missed it, here’s the latest and greatest trailer.