The German actress says the filmmaker didn’t like her in a movie and didn’t even want to audition her … before giving her the role.
Inglourious Basterds, his $ 321 million at the global box office and his success at the Cannes Film Festival 2009 are one of the best calling cards of Diane Kruger. Certainly his most iconic role in Hollywood. And yet, she almost missed out, as she says today in a interview au podcast Reign with Josh Smith.
Whereas Quentin Tarantino seeks the interpreter of double agent Bridget von Hammersmark, the director refuses to see the German actress, because he did not like one of his previous films. Banned from auditioning, the actress then took matters into her own hands to obtain the role and flew to Germany with her own funds to audition.
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“He auditioned everyone … but he didn’t want to audition me, because he had seen a movie in which I was that he didn’t like … So he didn’t believe in me initially. Literally, the only reason he auditioned me was because there was no one else to audition actually … “
In other words, Diane Kruger did well to be persistent, because she was indeed the perfect actress that Quentin Tarantino was desperately looking for this role:
“I had to pay for my own flight from New York to go to Germany, because he didn’t even want to see me and therefore not pay the ticket … Even though he is obviously American, he refused to see me in the United States. I must have jumped a lot of hoops and elbow grease in them, but I was like, ‘You know what? Fuck him! I’m just going to do it and prove to him that I can do it. Luckily it worked … Sometimes it feels so unfair that you have to change the narrative. “