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Diane Kruger Says Quentin Tarantino Did Not Want Her in 'Inglorious Basterds'

Diane Kruger played Bridget Von Hammersmark in 'Inglorious Basterds' but in the beginning, Tarantino did not want her in his movie

By Ingrid Mateos

- January 11 , 2022 - 22:52 hs
Diane Kruger

Diane Kruger (AP)

You must recall Diane Kruger for portraying  Bridget Von Hammersmark, a German film star turned spy for the Allies in 'Inglorious Basterds' but what most people did not know until now was that it almost did not happen because apparently, Tarantino did not want to let her audition.

When talking about Quentin Tarantino, you know that somehow you will end in the receiving end of a lot of spotlights because working with him, success is almost a sure thing. He has directed several films like 'Pulp Fiction', ' Reservoir Dogs', 'Kill Bill 1 & 2' and 'Django Unchained.' But one of his most famous ones is 'Inglorious Basterds' a film released back in 2009 where Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Melanie Laurent, Daniel Bruhl, Michael Fassbender, and many more stars made an appearance.

Well, Diane Kruger is also among the cast as well, but in a very surprising turn of events, the actress has revealed something very shocking about her participation. Diane Kruger says that Quentin Tarantino did not wanter her in 'Inglorious Basterds' and one of the main reasons was quite simple: The director saw one of her movies and did not like it.

The actress talked about it explained on an episode of the Reign with Josh Smith podcast that Tarantino really doubted her talent because he was auditioning everyone but she was not being given a chance.

"He auditioned everyone. He didn't want to audition me because he saw a movie that I was in he didn't like. So he didn't believe in me from the get-go," she said. "Literally, the only reason he auditioned me is because there was no one left to audition."

Kruger admitted that Tarantino was so against her that she had to pay her own flight ticket to Germany so she could audition there. "I had to pay for my own flight from New York to go to Germany because he wouldn't, even though, obviously, he's American, but he wouldn't see me in the U.S.," said Kruger, "So I had to jump through all these hoops that definitely put my nose out of joint, but I was like, 'You know what? F--- him! I'm just gonna do that and prove to him that I can do it.' And thankfully it all worked out."

We all know how this story ended. Diane Kruger got the role and was nominated for several awards winning a Screen Actors Guild Award. She also admits that she is sure the experience taught Tarantino a lesson.

"I think for him, too, that must've been a lesson. Sometimes you are the one that puts — and I'm sure I'm guilty of that too — you put people in boxes. You think they're gonna be one way and then they're not at all."

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Ingrid Mateos

I am an Entertainment news writer at Show News Today. I love all about movies, royalty, and pop culture but also enjoy writing about the latest celebrity gossip. I have a B.A in E.L.T and a diploma in Tourism Studies. When not working with words, you can probabaly find me watching BBC'S Sherlock for the umpteempth time or an old movie.

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