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LAist Interview: Samm Levine, Inglourious Basterds

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Though it first aired a decade ago, most people still remember Samm Levine quite clearly from the cult TV show, Freaks and Geeks (look back at the cast and writers and marvel at the talent). Since then he has worked steadily, both in television (the best episode of Entourage ever) and film (the hilarious and underrated Not Another Teen Movie.) This Friday, Samm appears as one of Brad Pitt's basterds in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds. LAist had a chance to speak with Samm recently about working on the film.

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LAist: How are you, Samm?

Samm: I'm great. How are you?

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LAist: I'm good. Let us interview in earnest!

Samm: All right.

LAist: So how did you first find out about the film, and how did your involvement come to pass?

Samm: Well, I actually met Quentin about five years before casting got under way. When he was promoting Kill Bill 1 & 2. I met him in LA around that time. We knew who the other one was. Which is really to say, he knew who I was. And then I think I read in the trades about this movie, about Basterds. And then I had a couple of friends who were really excited that they were going in to have a general meeting with Quentin. So I called my people and said, "Where's my general meeting?" (laughs) And they said, "Relax, relax. We're setting one up for you." So then I went in and met with Quentin. And he wasn't reading anyone. He was just meeting with a whole bunch of people. All young Jewish actors.

LAist: Right. Fittingly.