Inglourious Basterds is less than two months away, and now with the debut of the full trailer we are finally getting more insight into Quentin Tarantino’s WWII Epic starring Brad Pitt, Eli Roth and Diane Kruger. In the full trailer we are finally seeing the plot that the Basterds have to take down the Third Reich and Hitler. How thrilling does that explosive plot look! I so can’t wait for this movie on August 21st.
Sadly though I read over the weekend in NYMag that Cloris Leachman’s scene got cut from the movie.
Did your part really get cut out of Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds?
I have heard that, and I would suspect that that’s true, because it’s very long and my thing isn’t woven into the plot. It would be a very good scene to cut, in the sense that it wouldn’t hurt the picture. It’s a wonderful little scene. I love doing it and he loved it, too, but it’s not going to make or break the film.
What happens in the scene?
I’m an old Jewish woman in Brooklyn — we shot it in Berlin, but it’s supposed to be in Brooklyn — and I open the door and this young man [Eli Roth] is standing there and he asks me to sign his bat. He’s heard about these Germans, what they’re doing to Jews and he asks, “Is there anybody who’s been affected by the Nazis?” and I look at him and start signing my sister’s name. And you know that they’re just going to take the bat and just kill some Nazis.
We were hoping you’d reprise your role as the German grandma from Beerfest.
No. It’s a very serious movie. A thrilling script. Oh my goodness. I’m sorry. I wish it would be in because it’s a very good scene with a marvelous writer. But you can’t be upset about these things. It’s part of the business. I always think a better bus will come along that I’ll catch.
How can they cut out Cloris? There is always time for Miss Leachman. Plus that scene where Eli Roth goes to the families of people who are affected by the Nazis and has them sign the bat he will use to collect his scalps sounds so powerful. Hopefully since Quentin is rumored to be re-editing the movie that debuted last month at Cannes, he will add that scene to film.
UPDATE: The above trailer was only a TV spot, here is the full trauler that is :18 seconds longer!