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The Inglourious Basterds Press Day

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Tarantino at the helm. | Photo courtesy of The Weinstein Company

(editor's note - LAist sent our intrepid reporter, Lois Lane, er, Courtney Quinn to the Inglourious Basterds Press Day last weekend. In the spirit of Tarantino's film, she's segmented her coverage into something very, well...Basterd-like. It's a good, long read so get comfortable in your chair. Extra points for creativity, Coco.)

CHAPTER ONE

Once Upon a Time A Bunch of Basterds got Together

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LAist recently caught up with some of the stars of Quentin Tarantino’s soon-to-be released film, Inglorious Basterds. They shared with us some interesting stories about what it was like to work with the exuberant director and bring his vision to life. Please be forewarned, there are a number of spoilers ahead. And now, allow me to introduce you to some real Basterds.

French actress Mélanie Laurent plays Shoshanna Dreyfus, a young Jewish woman who narrowly escapes execution by Nazis and takes refuge in a Parisian cinema by (as we learn in a scene cut from the final film) posing as the niece of the owner, whom she cleverly observes could use an extra hand. “I’m really French,” Mélanie claims, seeming to embrace the American stereotype. Too bad she’s too utterly adorable to come across as remotely arrogant. “I didn’t even speak English when I first started the movie, maybe because I didn’t want to. And I just learned fast because I had to. Because now I am working with him (Tarantino) and I didn’t want to be getting direction and be like, ‘Quoi?’ ”