“I did not believe in me”: Diane Kruger confesses that Tarantino did not want her in “Inglourious Basterds”

Sarah Heredia

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The actress recounts the difficult process of convincing the director that she was perfect for the role of Bridget von Hammersmark.

Diane Kruger deserves her perseverance award after confessing how hard she worked to convince Quentin Tarantino that she was perfect for Damn bastards. The director didn’t want her in the film, but she worked to change his mind. and, finally, she took on the role of Bridget von Hammersmark.

In a recent episode of the podcast Reign with Josh Smith, the German actress has recounted in detail and openly her peculiar feat with the legendary director of Pulp Fiction Y Kill Bill. It all started badly with him without even a word being exchanged. He didn’t want to audition her because he wasn’t a fan of her movies, but she was willing to meet him.

He didn’t want me to audition because he saw a movie he was in and he didn’t like it. He didn’t believe in me from the beginning. Literally the only reason she dated me was because there was no one left to audition.

The interpreter does not reveal which was the tape that almost cost her the opportunity to work with Tarantino, but if we take a look at her filmography it is easy to realize that she is not in tune with the type of cinema that the filmmaker consumes. We can’t imagine him watching the adventures National Treasure or comedy the age of ignorance, leaving aside whether they are good or bad movies.

Kruger didn’t take ‘no’ for an answer. He got on a plane and showed up where Tarantino was to force a meeting. “I paid my own plane ticket from New York to Germany because he didn’t want to meet me in the United States”, says the actress, who acknowledges that she took the bull by the horns to prove her worth. “I thought: ‘You know what? Fuck him! I’m going to show him that I can do it.’

This feat not only served for the actress to gain security and confidence, she herself admits that Tarantino learned the lesson of not putting “people in boxes” and erasing certain prejudices from his mind. Although the filmmaker is adept at seeing the potential of actors – he revived John Travolta after a bad time, as he did with Daryl Hannah – he was wrong to judge Kruger, who played a German actress in the service of the allies.

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