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  • Actor-Inspired Element: Shosanna's film for the Nazis was originally going to be in French. Melanie Laurent felt it would have more of an impact if it was in English, and it was changed as a result.
  • Actor-Shared Background: Mélanie Laurent really is a French Jew. Her grandfather had survived deportation to a concentration camp in World War II. She was pleased with being the "face of Jewish vengeance" and felt he would be happy about it as well.
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  • Awesome, Dear Boy: Til Schweiger had refused to wear Nazi uniforms in films before. He took the role of Hugo Stiglitz because he'd get to kill Nazis in the film.
  • Bonus Material: Nation's Pride is included in its entirety on the DVD.
  • The Cast Showoff: Christoph Waltz and Diane Kruger are both fluent in English and French in addition to their native German. Waltz speaks all three in the film, in addition to Italian. He speaks some Hebrew, too. Kruger speaks English and German alternately throughout the film and has to affect a thick German accent because her natural speech nearly lacks one.
  • The Danza: Omar Doom as Pfc. Omar Ulmer.
  • Deleted Role:
    • Cloris Leachman filmed a scene as an elderly Jewish woman living in Boston, who autographs Donny's baseball bat. Although the scene was cut, Quentin has said he might use it in the prequel.
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    • Maggie Cheung was cast as Madame Mimieux, the original owner of Shoshanna's cinema. She too was cut from the finished film.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Eli Roth put on thirty pounds of muscle to play the Bear Jew. He also learned to cut hair for the role from producer Pilar Savone's father Umberto at his salon in Beverly Hills.
  • Fake Brit:
  • Fake Nationality: The majority of the characters are played by actors of the same nationality as their roles, as a deliberate policy. Exceptions, apart from the Fake Brit examples above:
    • Christian Berkel, who plays a French bartender, is actually German.
    • Enzo G. Castellari, the Italian director of the namesake film The Inglorious Bastards, has a quasi-Remake Cameo as a German general.
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    • The Indian-American Omar Doom plays the Jewish-American soldier Omar Ulmer.
  • Fatal Method Acting: A near miss. During the climactic scene, the fire raging through the cinema was completely real. Unfortunately, it began to get out of hand, and the two actors in the scene were only wearing a jelly to protect their skin; the rest of the crew had fire suits. Ten seconds after Quentin Tarantino called 'cut' and everyone rushed off, the platform the actors had been standing on collapsed. The heat was so intense (2000 degrees fahrenheit) one of them passed out afterwards.
  • Method Acting:
    • Melanie Laurent worked as a film projectionist for weeks to prepare for her role.
    • Eli Roth joked that the period clothing helped make him especially aggressive, saying "wearing wool underwear will make you want to kill anything". His girlfriend also added Hannah Montana music onto his iPod to Troll him, which helped get him angry enough.
    • Tarantino himself choked Diane Kruger for real for the close-up shots of Bridget von Hammersmark's death to get a realistic reaction.
  • The Other Marty: Simon Pegg was cast as Lt. Archie Hicox but dropped out right before filming began due to scheduling conflicts with The Adventures of Tintin. Michael Fassbender then replaced him.
  • Playing Against Type: Samm Levine is better known for his nerdy Nice Guy roles in series like Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Mike Myers was reportedly a Tarantino fan, which got him his cameo in Chapter 4 "Operation Kino".
  • Similarly Named Works: The "Inglourious Basterds" misspelling was likely to avoid a lawsuit by the copyright holders of the 1978 film "The Inglorious Bastards", which was also a World War II film. Though it might also be a reflection on Raine's education.
  • Star-Making Role: This is the film that introduced Michael Fassbender, Christoph Waltz, Mélanie Laurent, and Daniel Brühl to widespread American audiences.
  • Throw It In!: The giant swastika falling down in the final scene is real, it was a mistake that happened on the set.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Adam Sandler, Simon Pegg and Leonardo DiCaprio were considered for the respective parts of Donny Donowitz, Archie Hicox and Hans Landa. The role of Hicox was originally written with Tarantino favorite Tim Roth in mind.
    • At one point Ennio Morricone was onboard to compose the score but backed out due to his belief that he would be unable to work efficiently in the amount of time given.
    • In the screenplay, the first part of the film set in Paris was intended to have been filmed in black and white, using entirely natural lighting, in reference to the French New Wave.
    • As Quentin has noted, he at one point responded to the length of the material he'd written with a decision to make it a miniseries. As it stands, he's noted that he has enough for a second film, which he may or may not make eventually.
    • Albert Finney was originally supposed to play Winston Churchill, a role he previously played in the telemovie The Gathering Storm.
    • Michael Madsen was slated to appear as a character called Babe Buchinsky, but did not appear in the final film.
    • Jean Reno was the original choice for Perrier LaPadite.
    • Nastassja Kinski was in talks for Bridget Von Hammersmark; Tarantino even flew to Germany to meet the actress, but a deal wasn't reached.
    • The original draft of the script had Shoshanna as a far more active member of the French resistance, sniping at Nazis from rooftops and even having a kill list of known German officials. But when Tarantino made Kill Bill, those details were worked into the film, and he felt it was more in character for Shoshanna to keep a low profile.
    • The original draft also had Wilhelm surviving being shot by Bridget von Hammersmark, and he would tell Landa that she was the double agent.
  • Word of God: According to Quentin Tarantino, Aldo Raine is the great grandfather of Floyd - Brad Pitt's character in True Romance.
  • Working Title: Once Upon a Time in Nazi Occupied France.

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