Tarantino Let Christoph Waltz Skip ‘Basterds’ Rehearsals So Hans Landa Would Shock Cast on Set

Tarantino Let Christoph Waltz Skip ‘Basterds’ Rehearsals So Hans Landa Would Shock Cast on Set
Quentin Tarantino has gone on record calling Hans Landa from “Inglourious Basterds” the most fun character he’s ever written. The writer-director joined Brian Koppelman’s “The Moment” podcast this week and discussed in detail the casting process for the villainous character, but even more interesting is what happened once Tarantino found his Hans Landa in Christoph Waltz. The actor was so astounding in the part that Tarantino decided to alter the way he prepped his actors during pre-production. Many of the non-German actors in the cast had no idea who Waltz was, and Tarantino wanted to shock them during filming.

“I got together with Christoph before we got to the big script reading with the cast,” Tarantino said. “I told him, ‘I’m not doing this to be perverse game playing…everybody is so curious about who is playing Hans Landa. I don’t want you to be bad at the script reading,
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