Eli Roth Describes Quentin Tarantino's 'Inglourious Basterds' As 'Kosher Porn'

Eli RothQuentin Tarantino's star-studded army of cast members were on-hand to introduce the director's new film "Inglourious Basterds" at Cannes this week, and a few offered some unbeatable quotes about what the project means to them. Variety reports that Eli Roth, who has already been rather vocal about "Basterds," served up "some opinions, along with co-stars Diane Kruger, Mike Myers, and Brad Pitt. Roth made his name as one of the directors blazing a trail for horror's new school of gore-nography, with films like "Hostel," "Cabin Fever" and the "Grindhouse"-hitched trailer "Thanksgiving." As you might expect, he did not disappoint with any unnecessary self-censoring in his assessment of "Basterds."

"I'm Jewish, and to me this was kosher porn, something that I fantasized about since I was a child," Roth told the audience. In case you haven't heard, "Basterds" follows a group of Jewish-American soldiers who are sent deep into Nazi territory with orders to instill terror in the enemy by retrieving scalps and other brutal acts. Lofty expectations followed the film to its Cannes premiere this week, with fans excited to see Tarantino's signature decadent violence cast against a new historical context.

Pitt and Myers also weighed in, offering their own perspectives on "Basterds." Both addressed their motivations for signing on to appear in the film. Pitt gave credit to a long, alcohol-infused visit with Tarantino during the summer of 2008.

"When I woke up, there were five empty bottles of wine and I guess I committed because six weeks later, I was in uniform," Pitt recalled.

Myers credited a connection that this role made him feel towards his UK-born parents, who served in the Royal Engineers and Royal Air Force.

“I am honoured, with a ‘u’ in there,” the "Austin Powers" star said.

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