Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Fassbender as Landa?

Starting this week and sure to go on for the next few weeks are new interviews with Michael Fassbender about his role in Inglourious Basterds. As I mentioned previously, my excitement for IB has been just above lukewarm as I have been more interested in his other projects. But as August 21st approaches, I'm getting really psyched to see Basterds. In a very interesting interview with Screencrave, Michael reveals for the first time (that I know of) that he was gung ho for the Hans Landa part that went to Christoph Waltz. He put so much preparatory work into researching for that role that when Quentin Tarantino gave the part to someone else, Michael was gutted. Poor guy.

You can go to the link above to read the interview in its entirety, but here is the portion that stood out to me -

How were you cast for this role? Did Quentin seek you out?

MF: Yeah, it was actually kind of interesting. I was trying to get Christoph Waltz’s part, Landa. I was really running after that part. My agent, I think he terrorized Quentin to see me, kept talking about Landa. I really put my eggs in one basket. Every night I came home and put in five hours on Landa. I got French lessons, and I did about 27 hours on Landa’s character. Then I flew out to Berlin, then he [Quentin] goes, “Okay, let’s take a look at Hicox!” I was like, “Can we take a look at Landa also?” [laughs] He said, “No, I cast my Landa on Tuesday.” So I read the Hicox part pretty much cold. I thought I made a real balls of everything. I remember I was terribly depressed that night. Then a week later, they called me up and offered me the job.

Even though I have yet to see the film, I think the part of Landa needed to be played by an older actor - just for the physical presence of demonstrating years of being evil and having such a hatred for an ethnic group that is an important part of humanity. Michael's youth would have betrayed that experience needed to convey such a warped, powerful, and psychotic Nazi officer. So, I think Quentin did right in giving the role to Waltz, and giving Michael the Hicox part. I believe in the end, Michael is pleased too.

I'll be on the lookout for more cool interviews with Michael and post them promptly.


karim said...

Here is an interesting interview:

Simone said...

Thanks Karim, that was a great interview! Will you be able to see Basterds on Friday?

Here's the live link!

karim said...

I'm going to see it this weekend. Not sure when jet.