Quentin Tarantino talked about the role he wrote in the film, referring to the comedian Adam Sandler.
Tarantino and filmmaker Judd Apatow recently spoke with Bill Maher for his “Club Random” podcast, where Tarantino talked about his hopes for Sandler to play Sergeant Donnie “Bear Jew” Donowitz in his 2009 film “Inglourious Basterds,” Variety reports. n:
Tarantino said he wrote the role for Sandler, but it was filmed around the same time as Apatow’s Funny People.
Apatow secured Sandler for his film a year and a half ago, reports Variety.
This, according to Tarantino, became a problem.
“Here is the problem. [Apatow] wrapped up all the good Jews [for ‘Funny People’]. That was the problem,” said Tarantino.
He continued. “Seth Rogen and all the good Jews were doing Funny People. I’m killing Hitler with baseball bats and there are no good Jews, David Krumholtz, no one. All the good Jews were all wrapped up. I’m doing the Jewish man fantasy.”
Tarantino said Sandler expressed interest in the role in Inglourious Basterds, a project he began working on in 1998 while Tarantino was filming Sandler’s 2000 film Little Nicky.
“When I was doing ‘Little Nicky,’ he used to say this to me. Wrong scenario. Awesome! I can’t wait. I can’t wait,” said Tarantino.
“He was like saying to every Jew. “I’m going to play this guy who beats Nazis with a bat,” he continued.
That was around the time the Pulp Fiction director met Apatow.
Apatow said he was unaware that Tarantino was trying to get former “Saturday Night Live” cast members on “Inglourious Basterds” while he was filming “Funny People.”
Variety reports that the full episode of Maher’s podcast with Apatow and Tarantino will be released on Sunday.