Eli Roth Cast in Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Bastards?!
by Alex Billington
August 5, 2008
Yep, it's true! Variety confirms that filmmaker Eli Roth, of Hostel infamy, is in talks to join Quentin Tarantino's WWII epic Inglorious Bastards. I don't think anyone saw this one coming! Roth will play Sgt. Donnie Donowitz, nicknamed "The Bear Jew", one of the rogue Jewish-American soldiers that goes on a suicide mission hunting Nazi's in France. His trademark is smashing Nazi skulls with a baseball bat - something which should be quite exciting to see Roth doing. Additionally, the rumor that popped up about Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio also ends up being only half true - Pitt is still in talks to play Lt. Aldo Raine aka "Aldo the Apache", however Tarantino passed on DiCaprio in favor of a German actor.
For those of you who might immediately discredit Inglorious Bastards and Eli Roth, let me remind you that he did have a small "jackass" role in Tarantino's Death Proof half of Grindhouse, on top of an appearance in his own trailer for Thanksgiving that was also part of that film. Tarantino is expected to announce the rest of the cast for Inglorious Bastards soon, which makes sense considering he's supposed to start filming in September. Am I concerned about Roth? No, not at all, in fact, he'll probably be a great addition. I've got enough confidence in Tarantino that he knows what he's doing and he'll fill up the rest of the cast with quality actors. Pitt is not going to let Roth screw up the movie just because he's in it.
Ever since the first script reviews of Inglorious Bastards hit and we started learning about the various characters that make up the group, including Sgt. Donnie Donowitz, I've been gaining excitement with each and every new announcement. Tarantino is working on what might potentially be a WWII masterpiece (or so I hope) and I'm incredibly anxious to see who else he casts for the rest of the important roles. With DiCaprio out, who else could take on the primary villain role of the Col. Hans Landa? And who else will fill up the rest of team of Jewish-Americans Nazi hunters? So far we've got Brad Pitt and Eli Roth, who else might round out one of the best ensembles casts we might ever see? Thoughts?
Reader Feedback - 22 Comments
holy crap i hope eli could act.
Darrin on Aug 5, 2008
"passed on dicap" because his talent is easy to find. lol. but i still believe
Buttons on Aug 5, 2008
Well, considering Spike Jonze had a role in Three Kings and was okay in the part, I won't count out Roth as a bat-wielding Nazi killer. Batter's up! Oops, must have been a foul tip.
Travis on Aug 5, 2008
Only two people could be THE JEW HUNTER!!!!! Schwarzenegger or Udo Kier!!!
REAL6 on Aug 6, 2008
I would have prefered Adam Sandler...
Rob C on Aug 6, 2008
I didn't really care for Roth in Death Proof. This has been my first serious comment on firstshowing.net since I've been posting here.
Kail on Aug 6, 2008
I think he can pull it off
Sebastian H. on Aug 6, 2008
Throw Sandler into the mix.
Film-Book dot Com on Aug 6, 2008
Sandler? Really? I mean, any movie I watch with that guy, I never take him seriously. At least Roth isn't well known to the general populace. Adam Sandler would be a fucking nightmare.
StabmasterArson on Aug 6, 2008
Eli is actually great on screen. He's in Cabin Fever and Hostel 2 (in makeup, so you don't even immediately know it's him). Don't worry, this is a great casting move.
mitch on Aug 6, 2008
Buttons on Aug 6, 2008
I think Eli will need to make sure Pitt doesn't ruin the film. go QT!
NCL on Aug 6, 2008
What is it with this clique? A sorry mishmash of actors like the tired Michael Madsen...now this? Oh..QT..what is your next HUGE casting? Yourself at the Nazi antagonist? Tarantino blows.
Heckle on Aug 6, 2008
What about Uwe Boll as the Nazi Jew Hunter? HAHA! I would love to see his head bashed in by Roth!
Cmurder on Aug 6, 2008
Throw in james franco and bong and make this a WWII stoner action comedy for the ages!
BRBomber on Aug 6, 2008
Other famous famous people Tarantino has used: John Travola, Robert DeNiro, Kurt Russell, George Clooney, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, and, of course, Michael Madison and Tim Roth. ???
Dustyman1505 on Aug 6, 2008
Seriously, they finally are doing what ive thought should be done for years, making an ensemble cast that plays a ww2 squad each with there own special kill to own nazis with. lets hope they have a sgt with dual 45s and some big russian guy with an mg42 and i am set. And tarantino knows how to do gory action so in other words ths might be the best ww2 movie ever
Cody on Aug 6, 2008
When this whole movie was just a pipe dream in Tarantino's head that he'd jaw on about while high, I remember hearing Sandlers name tossed around for casting. And I remember seeing Madsen's name attached as Babe Buckinski. I've read the script and saw no mention of a character named Babe Buckinski, so that might have just been speculation, but I haven't heard anyone mention his name since.
Juan on Aug 6, 2008
Yeah Alex, because those two pieces of acting work by roth you mentiopned are real gems 🙂 Is this the role Sandler was rumored to get?????
Ryan on Aug 6, 2008
disappointed that Leo isn't in it but should be a great film with a great cast and be a totally bloody mess in a good way.
Curtis on Aug 6, 2008
Please please please don't do this. Every time I expect to see the raw visceral power of Donowitz onscreen I'm gonna see this asshole.
Brian on Aug 7, 2008
super super 🙂
serkan on Dec 28, 2008
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