B.J. Novak Video Interview On ‘Inglourious Basterds,’ Quentin Tarantino
He’s the lovably star of The Office, who co-starred in one of the biggest films of the year, Inglourious Basterds, just released on DVD. B.J. Novak takes questions exclusively for users of Uinterview.com.
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It's funny, the moment I always remember from this movie was this scene that we filmed at night. Brad Pitt and I get kidnapped at one
point in the movie and we filmed in a truck all day and it was just the two of us. First of all, just making small talk with Brad Pitt was a challenge I'll never forget. But at this part in the movie I happen to be handcuffed and there's a bag over my head. What I remember was not feeling nervous at all because I couldn't mess up the scene. I had a bag over my head, I was handcuffed, I had no lines. I couldn't see
much either but just taking in where I was without having to be nervous about screwing up this awesome movie. Brad Pitt was there in a
white tuxedo, Quentin Tarantino's in a leather jacket framing a shot.
I was like 'This is like the dream version of a movie. This is crazy. And I can't mess it up.' That's probably a weird moment to remember
but that's what stays with me. I don't think we had any one on one moments especially. It was often a group thing where we'd all go out
to a bar, 5 or 6 or 10 of us after shooting. I'm kind of a quiet guy and he's a performative vocal guy so I would try to sit like two away
from him cause I was too shy to ask him questions and I would wait for other people to ask him questions and I would kind of hear his
opinions and take mental notes on what his thoughts on film making were and stuff like that.
Chris Waltz plays one of the great villains of all time. Quentin is a big believer in rehearsal, but he said no one can speak to Christoph. I want you to be as terrified of him as your character would be... The transportation department didn't get that memo. We were in a carpool with him everyday half-hour down this highway from our hotel in Berlin. Christoph's character in the movie Hans Landa is this polite, well-cultured genius who just happens to be evil. Christoph is a polite, well-culture guy who isn't evil. But it's hard to differentiate. He would tell me on the these long drives: [In German accent] 'Have you checked out this classical concert? Have you been to the opera? Have you been to this cafe? Itâ
That was awesome. That's the kind of contrast you should always seize if you get the chance. What is great about The Office to me is that it's a small show. It's a very comfortable, little, honest show where you sit under the same florescent lights every day and you see the same people and you wear a suit and you come to think of it as real life. That's why I think it's funny and why people like it and I don't want to lose that. But this was the opposite. Inglorious
Basterds is about fantasy and the larger than life canvas that is the movies. That's what comes out on screen and that's what it was like
filming next to Brad Pitt and Quentin Tarantino. So I guess for me to get a taste for that larger than life Hollywood feeling was exciting.
It was like a vacation.