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A Geek Goes To War! Samm Levine Reports For BASTARDS Duty!

Published at: Aug. 15, 2008, 12:33 p.m. CST by mrbeaks

Beaks here... First, the bad news: there will be no David Krumholtz in INGLORIOUS BASTARDS. Now, the good: there will be Samm Levine! Hopefully, you don't need a refresher on Samm Levine, but in case you've somehow avoided FREAKS AND GEEKS for the last eight years, he played Neal Schweiber, the best friend of John Francis Daley's Sam Weir. Levine's always been tough to cast because he still looks a good eight years younger than he really is (if not more). But since war movies are constitutionally required to feature at least one baby-faced soldier, why not go with Levine as one of Pitt's Nazi-killing bastards? I think it's an inspired choice. Meanwhile, the hunt is still on for the pivotal roles of Col. Landa and Shosanna.

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  • Aug. 15, 2008, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Ok...

    by Fawst

    I guess this is cool news?

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Is Quentin drawing names from a hat or what?

    by Snappy Cumback

    Oh, and first?

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Tarantino blows.

    by Stallion_Cornell

    That is all.

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 12:32 p.m. CST

    I'm being glib.

    by Fawst

    I've never seen Freaks and Geeks, and I've never heard of this guy, but he's up with some great talent so far. Must be something good about him.

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 12:32 p.m. CST

    hmmm

    by maluquiro

    the casting on this movie is getting really strange. we'll just have to trust in the tarantino that was brave enough to cast sam l jackson as a tough talking hitman.

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 12:36 p.m. CST

    itzak owns you

    by ironic_name

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 12:37 p.m. CST

    http://tinyurl.com/6lptqb ws!

    by ironic_name

    http://tinyurl.com/6lptqb

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Well played, Fawst!

    by Snappy Cumback

    I'll claim seconds. Tarantino has always had what seems like random casting choices, but fills actors in just where they fit perfectly. Until he tries to resurrect Jimmie Walker's career, I'll stick around and watch his flicks.

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Now it'll come out next July with the new Harry Potter movie

    by 2for2true

    ...since, you know, it's now officially been pushed back 8 months to screw with your geeky little heads..

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 12:39 p.m. CST

    EW is reporting Mike Meyers has been cast too

    by Captain_Pigphucker

    As a British officer. This movie is not shaping well at all

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Freaks and Geeks cast

    by LYFE PARTNAH

    Fat Elvis (aka QT) shoulda used Martin Starr if he likes Freaks and Geeks.

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 12:45 p.m. CST

    YES! HAVERCHUCK FOR HITLER!

    by ironic_name

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 12:51 p.m. CST

    But isn't this an all babyface cast so far?

    by Vern

    I completely trust Tarantino, especially in the area of casting, but this is all throwing me off. I never believed all that shit about Stallone and Schwarzenegger, but he's been talking about this as THE DIRTY DOZEN for 5 or 10 years, I thought we were gonna get an unparalleled gathering of asskickers. So far we got nothing but weiners. I see no Lee Marvin, no Charles Bronson, no Jim Brown. These guys aren't even John Cassavetes.<p> Maybe he's saving the tough guys for last. Or maybe this is the REVENGE OF THE NERDS version of THE DIRTY DOZEN.

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 12:52 p.m. CST

    I'm trying to get my head

    by Bloo

    wrapped around QT's casting choices on this, I mean he always casts well (not always perfectly but well) so I'll trust him on this but wow..

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Screech needs the work.

    by Boba Fat

    <P>

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Note that Krumholtz played Levine's older brother

    by Hercules

    the one who got busy with Linda Cardellini in "Freaks and Geeks."

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 1 p.m. CST

    Sammmmmmm

    by F-18

    Will he be doing his Shatner impression?

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Best choice so far

    by BrightEyes

    the rest excluding Pitt, have been weak

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Annnnd Krumholtz and Levine played

    by skimn

    secondary characters in the short-lived Undeclared. Part of the Apatow posse.

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Levine was only in two episodes of freaks and geeks

    by BrightEyes

    and it was really one stretched out one.

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 1:16 p.m. CST

    "Dirty Dozen Revenge Of The Nerds style"

    by skimn

    I haven't read the script, but the cast sounds like a bunch of fast talking motor mouth nerds..will Tarantino cameo?

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Wrong, BrightEyes...

    by Messiahman

    He was in every single episode of FREAKS AND GEEKS. You're thinking of UNDECLARED, where Levine showed up for a two-part episode as the leader of a fraternity.

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Roger that Vern

    by Charlie_Allnut

    I always thought that was the whole point...an unparalleled collection of modern day badasses, in the tradition of the Dirty Dozen. At least that's what QT has been saying for the past ten years...of course I trust his judgement completely, just sayin...

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 1:33 p.m. CST

    this still features eli roth, so I still say FU

    by necgray

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 1:37 p.m. CST

    I'm already sick of this movie

    by theredtoad

    I'll see it out of faint curiosity...the way you watch the aftermath of a car crash, or stand across the street and watch a neighbor's house burn down.

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 1:37 p.m. CST

    So far...

    by kwisatzhaderach

    absolutely terrible cast.

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Was I the only person in the world...

    by Alonzo Mosely

    Completly underwhelmed by the script? I am not going to go into spoiler territory, but as written there is a decided lack of 'badassness', we are constantly told how they are such bastards the entire German army shits itself at the mention of them, but there is very little in the actual showing department. In fact, I think it is fair to say the 'group of tough bastards in WWII' plot is actualy the lesser, secondary plot on display. In fact, what the film seems to mainly be is Tarantino's love letter to pre-war European cinema (and post-war French in style). That is cool and all, but that certainly isn't what Tarantino got geeks excited with all these years. As written, a modern, hip version of the Dirty Dozen this isn't...

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Joblo also mentioned Mike Meyers casting.

    by Nice Marmot

    And playing a Brit at that. Uggggh. And I just got bummed, originally thought it was TED Levine getting a part. Wow, this project is a weird one. Must focus on how I originally thought I would hate the Kill Bill flicks but ended up loving them.

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 2:02 p.m. CST

    i think it's shaping up alright

    by two fathoms deep

    i mean mike myers has definitely had some stinkers in his day, especially most recently, but he's done a serious flick or two. he was really good in 54, anyway. as for sam levine, i'm totally down w/ that. he's a spot on actor and just a cool person from what i gathered from the F&G commentaries.

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 3:01 p.m. CST

    NATM

    by sheathledger

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Alonzo Mosely - I second that...very underwhelming script.

    by Executor

    Aside from one introductory scene (which takes place AFTER a battle, when the Bastards interrogate two survivors) the next Bastards scene isn't until around page 85. And even then it's just the "planning the mission" phase. Yeah, it really is Kill Bill again, except instead of martial arts, Uma, and Bill we get WWII, Shoshanna, and Hitler. Bastards are a subplot at best. Yawn.<P>p.s. I left your sunglasses on the dashboard.

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Samm Levine

    by sheathledger

    was one of the best things about not another teen movie and has been stifled from getting good roles as he hasnt physically aged with his years. Tarantino will make good use of him

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 3:08 p.m. CST

    Tarantino smokes the pink cigar!! A big one!

    by SeymourClearly

    WTF? Can the casting for this movie get any more bizarre? Who's next, Shia LaBeouf as Dr. Mengele?

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Okay...

    by WhinyNegativeBitch

    ...I like the guy. Well, I like freaks and geeks. I always found him/his character repulsive. Still, it doesn't change the shitty script or awful casting thus far.

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Tough Guys

    by EyeofPolyphemus

    I am giving QT the benefit of the doubt here. I would have never thought Nicholas Cage could be an action hero or Christian Slater before BROKEN ARROw. Outside od Bruce Willis, it has been a long time since have had an stereotypical, musclebound, guns blazing action hero. This cast just might pull it off fine.

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 9:10 p.m. CST

    NEWS FLASH!!! QT JUST DROPPED A DEUCE!!

    by conspiracy

    Get ready folks....it's gonna be ALL QT all the time from here on out.

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 9:32 p.m. CST

    This sounds like the most terrible movie possible!

    by TheWaqman

    Holy fuck what a joke. Dump these fucking losers Eli Roth, Meyers and this fucking nerd. And just add in Tim Roth and 2 other TALENTS. I'm not watching this shit, fuck Tarantino.

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 10:32 p.m. CST

    This may be the only thing I find interesting about this film

    by INWOsuxRED

    I was just going to ignore this film until I saw this headline. How did he land this part? Was it his Kirk impression?

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 10:38 p.m. CST

    Nicolas Cage: Action Star

    by skani

    The reason you'd have never thought of Nicolas Cage as an action hero is because he's not an action star. Box office or whatever notwithstanding, he is no action hero.

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 10:41 p.m. CST

    Casting Choices

    by skani

    I don't necessarily trust QT, here. We'll see. So far, having Brad Pitt is enough of a plus to outweigh the ?huh? factor associated with some of these other choices. I'm definitely weirded out by the Mike Myers thing. My guess is he's probably got some actual dramatic talent, so it would be cool if he pulls it off. But if it is any of this hammy, warmed-over schtick or mugging that Myers is so fond of, then the movie's in big trouble.

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 10:47 p.m. CST

    Stallone!!!!

    by skani

    I think Stallone would be cool in this, and it would be cool seeing him and Brad Pitt together, since they pretty much represent different eras and sensibilities. I think that would be a cool thing to see on screen. I don't know the characters in this film real well, so I don't know if Stallone would fit in at this point. But I think he's been doing some cool stuff with the last Rocky and Rambo (I'll add Cop Land, which goes a bit further back, but so what), plus I think he's been doing it on the cheap. In general, he seems more hungry to be a part of cool stories and play unglamorous roles, so I think he'd do it.

  • Aug. 15, 2008, 11:09 p.m. CST

    skani

    by EyeofPolyphemus

    i beg to differ. I liked Cage as an action hero in THE ROCk, CON AIR, FACE/OFF, and GHOST RIDER. NATIONAL TREASURE had some major flaws, but I would toss that one in, too.

  • Aug. 16, 2008, 12:32 a.m. CST

    Hey Quentin! Harrison Ford's quarter Jewish

    by Darth Busey

    Not too shabby!

  • Aug. 16, 2008, 12:35 a.m. CST

    I'm pretty sure Screech is Jewish, too

    by Darth Busey

    I bet he looks pretty tough with a beard, too.

  • Aug. 16, 2008, 1:50 a.m. CST

    I've been open about this casting business thus far

    by Mr.Deadite

    But this just put amongst the worried crowd. I see Mike Meyers, I think ok, whatever, bit part, possibly inspired? Maybe not, but time will tell. This, though... And it's not that I have anything against Samm Levine, but can you honestly picture him as part of a batshit insane group of Jews slaughtering Nazis during WWII? No, you fucking can't. The more and more news I hear about this, the less and less excited I am.

  • Aug. 16, 2008, 3:30 a.m. CST

    *yawn*

    by mrbong

    i think the only reason there's been any excitement about this thing is because QT has been knocking the idea around for years. and now he's getting to make his "dream project". might i remind you all of that other "dream project" we were all excited about - Scorsese's long planned Gangs Of New York, which turned in to three hours of watches being stolen. QT should learn from Guy Richie - acknowledge that you are limited in what you can do well, and go back to it after a couple of acts of folly. you don't see The Stones deciding to go all drum and bass, do you?

  • Aug. 16, 2008, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Just saw this guy...

    by Conrad Straker

    ...sitting in a test screening of "Last House on the Left" in the Valley. Didn't think they let "industry" people in, but there he was filling out his feedback card.

  • Aug. 16, 2008, 10:26 a.m. CST

    EyeofPolyphemus

    by skani

    beg all you want. that's right, beg!!!!!!! ok, not really. i think cage has talent and could be a good screen presence again if he had the right role/film/director. As it is, I think he's kind of become a joke, and I think National Treasure 2 was terrible (I didn't finish it), and he looked like a vampire in it (unintentionally, I'm assuming). I think he needs to do something smaller scale plus not crappy. I'd let him be in this movie in a bit part, but I'm burnt out on Nicolas Cage popcorn vehicles.

  • Aug. 16, 2008, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Simon Pegg

    by skani

    Yeah, that could be for the better. This Pegg guy is getting way overexposed in my opinion. Thought Hot Fuzz was good. Shaun of the Dead, I'm not on that bandwagon (cue tomatoes being thrown at me). But then he's having these other cutesy comedies, and he's in Star Trek as Scotty, and it's starting to feel like too much of this guy.

  • Aug. 16, 2008, 12:26 p.m. CST

    So when does David Spade get announced for Col. Landa?

    by Mr.Deadite

  • Aug. 16, 2008, 12:48 p.m. CST

    What the Dickens is 'Freaks & Geeks'?

    by cowbellfever

    Besides the casting news, and considering Mr Knowles is well aware that his little movie website has gone pretty international, would it be too much to ask for just a little reference on US TV programmes, so that UK, EU and pretty much everyone else can tell what the fuck you're going on about?! I know full well that at least UK actors and series get labelled as just that, in case any US readers don't know who/what the hell they are! I know I can just check IMDB and find out, but that defies the point of this being a one-stop-shop for entertainment news and information. Oh fuck it, don't listen to me... I've just had a lot of black coffee.

  • Aug. 16, 2008, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Union Man

    by skani

    Yeah, I am with you. The Seth Rogen thing is something I've mentioned before, too. Who is this guy? He may be great for all I know (I haven't watched Knocked Up or Superbad), but I'm just tired of hearing about how awesome this guy is. It reminds me of when XXX came out, and everybody was insisting that this would be the sleeper smash of the summer (hem, not a sleeper if you're promoting it as a sleeper before it comes out) and that Diesel was the action hero heir apparent. I actually think Vin Diesel was okay in Boiler Room and some other stuff, but then he gets hyped up, over exposed, loses his head, and it's just too much for me.

  • Aug. 16, 2008, 2:14 p.m. CST

    BJ Novak

    by skani

    Yeah, and I'm reading that the Dude from the Office is "in negotiations." Who is this guy to be "in negotiations." Does he have an agonizing decision between this movie and the next Scorsese movie or the lead role in the Conan remake or something? Get over yourself.

  • Aug. 16, 2008, 2:17 p.m. CST

    British Dude who says dickens

    by skani

    Bloody hell man, what are you on about? Go sod off. Okay, just had to get that out of my system. Freaks and Geeks is some short-lived NBC show that dealt with high school angst in a humorous yet poignant way while maintaining its biting edge. I've actually never seen it and just made all that crap up, but that's what everyone keeps saying. I'm thinking of eventually renting it some day, since nobody will shut up about it. But then I think it's got that guy Seth Rogen behind it somehow, which scares me.

  • Aug. 16, 2008, 2:30 p.m. CST

    aye-ight

    by skani

    Thanks for the heads up. Yeah, I think maybe I should be directing my complaints to that evil, monolithic "hollywood" that I keep hearing about. I think there is a tendency for the entertainment media to want to latch onto dudes as the next big thing, and then the next-big-thing starts to believe that crap, and it creates this whole self-fulfilling prophecy where the studios believe it, too, and it all seems a bit premature. Like Vin Diesel could actually be doing some decent work, but who's going to pass up $20Mill and being on a marquee. Then again, maybe I'm just jealous. But I don't think so.

  • Aug. 16, 2008, 4:03 p.m. CST

    You have to be a little butt hurt

    by bottombrick

    To call American Pie better than Superbad. Just a little, come on.

  • Aug. 16, 2008, 4:08 p.m. CST

    This is news? COULDN'T CARE LESS.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    Wow, another person has been cast for what is going to be another overhyped mess from a hack director. BIG FUCKING DEAL. Tarantino doesn not in anyway deserve the overhyped praise he gets on this site - He's made one very good movie, one decent movie, two barely watchable movies and one utterly, totally, unadulteratedly bloody awful piece of shit movie. With a track record like that, I can't say I have any hope at all that this movie will be much cop at all. I do, however, have faith that it will be a load of crap.

  • Aug. 16, 2008, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Jackie Brown

    by skani

    I've consumed the Kool Aid on this one. Anybody else?

  • Aug. 16, 2008, 7:59 p.m. CST

    the casting is full of gays

    by chien_sale

    I don't get it

  • Aug. 16, 2008, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Don't understand all this dropouts - Sandler, Pegg, Tim Roth an

    by Ezekiel 2517

    What could possibly be more important to their career than appearing in a Tarantino movie?

  • Aug. 16, 2008, 9:44 p.m. CST

    Appearing in a Tarantino film important?

    by Wuu

    Not anymore. Not since Jackie Brown. I finally read the script for this thing, and it was a giant turd. For as bad as Kill Bill turned out at least the script was an entertaining read. I can't imagine the stink that will be coming off of this movie once it is finished.

  • Aug. 17, 2008, 2:37 a.m. CST

    horrible casting

    by Zozma

    the fuck.

  • Aug. 17, 2008, 3:02 a.m. CST

    by Rommel Catuncan

    We want you to meet with Jay Baruchel. No, I insist. And see if Jon Stewart, Miles Silverberg, Rob Morrow, Roseanne Barr and John Safran are available. I don't want to see Schwimmer anywhere near this ish. Under no circumstances are you to even consider those pretty boy Brodys or that Dempsey character. Jon Abrahams has a pass 'cause he DJ'd my nephew's bar mitzvah but you gotta rough him up a bit. Absolutely NO Duckie. Now get out of my office.

  • Aug. 17, 2008, 3:05 a.m. CST

    by Rommel Catuncan

    Sorry my daughter told me Dempsey was Jewish. Now scram.

  • Aug. 17, 2008, 3:32 a.m. CST

    Ezekiel

    by Mr.Deadite

    I don't think they're so much dropouts as they are scheduling conflicts. I mean, he announced the thing at Cannes this year and is rushing it into production very, very quickly. It's hard to get your ideal actors with 10 minutes notice.

  • Aug. 17, 2008, 4:12 a.m. CST

    by Rommel Catuncan

    Look I'm up to my eyeballs in litigation with Harlan Ellison, the Siegel family and some kooks from Ohio claiming to be descendants of Thomas Edison. Cast whoever you want.

  • Aug. 17, 2008, 1:05 p.m. CST

    skani

    by INWOsuxRED

    Novack's job as a writer and actor is probably a huge cash cow with residuals that will keep him rich for the rest of his life. Why would he want to Shelly Long himself? I wouldn't want to risk losing that to be in a film from the director of Death Proof, thus I would negotiate at least for scheduling reasons, so as to not fuck up my super-amazing gig. He is an emmy winning TV writer who gets to write and act in shows that have essentially been sold into syndication before they air.

  • Aug. 17, 2008, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Stallone is the only one who COULD even begin to redeem this cas

    by NiceGuyEddie19

    I mean, it's logical that there would be no Arnold, and I can live without Bruce. At least QT could keep a tiny smidgeon of his original, awesome idea in place, right?

  • Aug. 17, 2008, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Hell, why not just casts the dudes from Tropic Thunder?

    by GQtaste

    They're all jewish. Stiller, Donwney Jr, and Jack Black. I have no faith in this project whatsoever.

  • Aug. 17, 2008, 7:57 p.m. CST

    Novakinator

    by skani

    Yeah, I don't mean to dog this Novak guy so much. I like the Office through Season 3 and am waiting for the Season 4 dvd to find out if it's officially jumped the shark yet. He just has no appeal for me as an actor (again, haven't seen season 4, so maybe he's broken out as an amazing acting talent). I just found it hilarious to hear that he's "in talks."

  • Aug. 17, 2008, 8:39 p.m. CST

    well this is good news

    by CherryValance

    So far I've been underwhelmed with these announcements, but I loved the "Freaks and Geeks" so I'm always glad to hear of them being cast in new movies. This is great.

  • Aug. 18, 2008, 12:23 a.m. CST

    NiceGuyEddie

    by Wuu

    How would Stallone redeem this festering cyst of a movie?