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THE OFFICE’s B.J. Novak Says He’s Officially One Of Tarantino’s BASTARDS!!

I am – Hercules!!
David Krumholtz and Simon Pegg may have fallen out of talks to join Quentin Tarantino’s World War II epic “Inglorious Bastards,” but “The Office” star B.J. Novak says he signed a contract to appear in the movie Friday -- according to one fan who says he spoke to Novak following a weekend stand-up show in St. Louis. “LBJeff,” a new and untested spy, reports:
Whats up Herc, Long time reader, first time writer. Anyways, I go to Washington University in St. Louis and last night BJ Novak came to do some stand up comedy. After the show I was fortunate enough to talk with him and ask a few questions. He confirmed that he will be in QT's Inglorious Bastards, and that he had just signed the contract on Friday. I asked him what that meant for Ryan on the Office and he said that Ryan would be in the first episode and we will know what happens to him. He also said Toby will be back for that first episode and it will be "very funny." I asked him about the spin-off and he said that if the improv group who opened for him went on stage to act out an Office spin-off, they would probably be closer than what they know right now. As you know, it will star Amy Pohler and he also said that it will probably not be a spin-off in the traditional sense, which was apparently all he knew or could say. Surprisingly, to me at least, he got a great turnout of about 2,500 students and everyone seemed to have a good time. If you see any pictures of him online using a frog puppet, it was not photoshopped, but part of the act. He commented on how people would think that it was weird for him to have a puppet because the office is a "smart show." He seemed genuinely excited for the next season of the Office as well as for IB, which he said starts shooting in October. He came off as a very smart and genuine guy and I hope that he kills in the movie. Oh, and when he asked where I saw that he was in talks for IB I said AICN and he laughed. I'll leave you with one of his many funny jokes: Battered women? Sounds delicious...but that doesn't make it right.
If the report can be trusted, Novak joins Brad Pitt, Mike Myers and Eli Roth among actors confirmed for the cast. “Bastards” follows a squad of angry, vengeful Jews assigned to infiltrate Axis-occupied Europe and kill as many Nazis as possible.

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  • Aug. 25, 2008, 12:41 p.m. CST

    possibly 17th

    by colinjbooth

    Mike Myers in career resurrection anyone?

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 12:42 p.m. CST

    JonnyDixon Rocks

    by colinjbooth

    Now all we need is eddie Murphy...please...

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Original recipe

    by skimn

    and extra crispy.

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 12:42 p.m. CST

    B.J. Novak?

    by LordPorkington

    His first names are Blow Job? Sweet!

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 12:45 p.m. CST


    by skimn

    Wasn't he gyno #3 in Knocked Up? Novak's a talented guy (written some of the best Office's), nice to see him do well.

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 12:46 p.m. CST


    by chuffsterUK

    And Yawn again...

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Battered women

    by ElGiante

    I've been using that joke for years. "I like my fish the way I like my women..."

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 12:47 p.m. CST

    So, any speaking role will be treated with a TalkBack?

    by Heckles

    Whoooooooooooooooooo gives a sideways fuck about every little casting detail of this movie? Other than QT and his rosey smart smellers, of course.

  • Like I said before, where are these supposed bad asses that are going to be killing Nazis?

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 12:51 p.m. CST

    I like my women the way I like my coffee...

    by Wolfman Nards

    Ground up and in the freezer.

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 12:52 p.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    1. Reservoir Dogs 2. Pulp Fiction 3. Jackie Brown 4. Kill Bill 2 5. Kill Bill 6. Death Proof. So he's pretty much getting worse with every movie. Death Proof is the only real below-par movie he's made though, despite Kurt Russell being cool.

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 12:58 p.m. CST

    OFFICIAL: Carrot Top, Dustin Diamond added to BASTARDS list!

    by NiceGuyEddie19

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Mike Meyers??

    by RedwingsHoolihan

    When the hell did he get cast?

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Battered Women

    by Alf Fan

    I remember another stand up comedian doing that joke like 4 years ago. It was on a comedy central special. Anyone remember who?

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 1:12 p.m. CST

    The Real Question

    by QuandraX

    Will AICN sponsor Vern on a trip to the Miley Cyrus birthday bash? We need someone like him there, to give us all the gory details of her birthday bukkake!

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Jackie Brown=QT's best film.

    by colinjbooth

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 1:30 p.m. CST

    All QT, All the Time....

    by conspiracy

    it's like some pathetic guy who finally finds a woman who will talk to him; who then proceeds to drive everyone nuts talking about her nonstop. How about one big talkback when everything is finalized and production begins?

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 1:33 p.m. CST

    how can this guy act with his medical condition?

    by ArcadianDS

    Didn't I see an item on Foxnews reporting that he had an inoperable brain tumor?

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Yes Herc, we know...

    by theredtoad

    Will you let us know when every other news source confirms what we already know?

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Nothing to see here, move along...

    by Cannabis Holocaust

    And the script is utter shit.

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Jackie Brown was definitely his best work.

    by The Eskimo

    Also, I thought Brad Pitt insisted on a "no Mike Meyers" clause in his contracts.

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Alf Fan: I believe it was Jim Gaffigan

    by Cannabis Holocaust

    Novak's stand up routine sounds about as interesting as this film...

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 1:36 p.m. CST

    I Liked THE OFFICE When It Was Funny & British

    by LaserPants

    When it became Americanized, it was still kinda funny... at first. Now its just bad. Tired, wrong, bad, too obvious, essentially slapstick.

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 1:38 p.m. CST

    harosa...Hollywood has no BADASSES left...

    by conspiracy

    Guys like Lee Marvin, Charles Bronson...ya know guys that actually COULD kick your ass during their prime, who actually had done something daring or potentially fatal prior to becoming an actor. Pitt as about as meanacing as a Teacup Poodle guard dog.

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 1:38 p.m. CST

    It Should Be Retitled REVENGE OF JEW SQUAD SEVEN!

    by LaserPants

    Firstly, because its about Jews kicking the crap outta Nazi scum. Secondly because there is already a movie called Inglorious Bastards. Third because it would be an awesome title.

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 1:58 p.m. CST

    To those who have read the script...

    by Shepard Wong

    Is there any part of the original film in this remake or is QT just using the name?

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 2:13 p.m. CST


    by jackson healy

    True, there are similarities. But that's always been what Tarantino does. I haven't seen Blackbook, but you've inspired me to rent it, now. As far as QT's INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS script, I think it's his best script since Pulp Fiction. Tarantino has the gift of taking old and worn cinematic tropes and making them fresh and relevant again, just as he did with Kill Bill and Pulp Fiction. Not to mention the exhilaration and invention he brings to the screen with his brilliant, brilliant voice. How do you not fall in love with the opening scene where Landa grills the French farmer on the whereabouts of the missing Dreyfuss family, who happen to be hiding beneath the farmer's floorboards? I honestly think it's the best opening of any script I've read in the last five years. How do you not love (and loathe) Landa at the end of this scene, when he muses to his quizzical driver that perhaps Shosanna, who's just managed to escape by a hair's breadth, will somehow find her way to America where she will eventually rise up to be elected president of the United States. Just imagine the kind of synaptic firing it took to reach that moment and line of dialogue after opening on a lonely dairy farm in Nazi-occupied France. Give credit to where credit is due: Quentin Tarantino has one of the most unique voices in the history of cinema. Btw, I think QT's three best films are Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill & Reservoir Dogs. I think one of his best scripts is True Romance.

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 2:31 p.m. CST

    It seems Tarantino may be a complete failure

    by bottombrick

    In what could have been a return to form to the likes of Reservoir Dogs (his best in my opinion) I'm beginning to get the drift that the concept of his men on a mission movie has been completely ass raped and the focus will instead be on some terrible female actress's performance reading some of Quentin's shitty girl dialogue. I'm sure he had the best intentions when he started writing the script, but if there was ever an excuse to focus on badasses doing bad ass shit this was it and Tarantino apparently couldn't hack it. I haven't read the script and I won't because I can't expect genius from the man anymore, the best I could hope for is an entertaining one shot at the theatre, but if someone who has read the script and also cringes at the dialogue and soul of the "characters" in Death Proof and the female dialogue in Kill Bill could please confirm my worst nightmares, has Quentin's drift continued and will his bitch fixation ruin this movie and will I puke when I see it?

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Jackson Healy's comment

    by desmond

    "Tarantino has the gift of taking old and worn cinematic tropes and making them fresh and relevant again" sounds like a nice way of borrowing ideas. Black Book is from 2 years ago so not exactly old and worn. And even "with his brilliant, brilliant voice" it still doesn't sound like anything fresh. Not saying I won't enjoy it, but you make it sound like the film and the earth itself were created with the sole purpose of giving QT a forum to bless us with his inhuman talents...

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Why don't they just use the Jew Claw?

    by Banzai Rootskibango

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 2:56 p.m. CST


    by conspiracy

    STEALING two year old ideas under the guise of artistic "borrowing" isn't "brilliant", it is plagiarism.

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Cher is the new Catwoman?

    by crashbarbarian

    This is being reported on Rotten Tomatoes and we need some real geek journalists to find out the real scoop... AICN?

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 3:11 p.m. CST

    all the badasses went to badass rehab

    by irrelevntelefant

    now they make shit like "p.s. I love you" as a follow up to 300...

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Just read the opening, Jackson...

    by Lord John Whorfin

    And there's not really any brilliance there. Just a lot of misspelling and a lot of misuse of words. I neither love or loathe Landa, as it seems he's full of shit. He's not ruthless, he's not benevolent, he's just kind of a witlessly verbose quasi-philosopher. He's apparently ambivalent in his mission, where [SPOILER] he lets Shoshana escape into the woods, claiming there's a difference between letting a fifteen year old girl escape and shooting said girl in the back. I mean, cold blooded is cold blooded, isn't it? He has his soldiers mow down Shoshana's family after making a big show of surprising them, but then balks at the prospect of shooting the girl in the back?

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 3:35 p.m. CST

    I read the Cher thing too

    by DaBUU

    But more importantly! Is Dolly Parton or not?!?

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 3:37 p.m. CST


    by DaBUU

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Isn't Eli Roth a little shrimpy...

    by Lord John Whorfin

    to play a character nicknamed "The Bear Jew?"

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Pegg hasn't confirmed he is in. does that mean hes out?

    by hegele

    'd love to see him in it

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Pegg's said he's out...

    by Lord John Whorfin

    conflicting schedules with another film he's making.

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 3:50 p.m. CST

    QT's 'clever' violence now overly blatant?

    by Heckles

    Reservoir Dogs had the ear scene and random gunshotw wounds, it worked. Pulp Fiction had the classic Marvin face shot scene and random gunshot wounds. Kill Bill and Death Proof were modern renditions of their particular genres, but can we expect more of this blatant graphic violence peppered with tired dialogue from a once great screenwriter? I'm not impressed.

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Yeah, but what does Kevin Smith think?

    by Captain_Pigphucker

    Or is he in too. Fat German maybe?

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Too bad American Office is more highly regarded...

    by IAmJack'sUserID

    I didn't like the British version because it was too British. And not nearly as funny. British people doing decidely British "funny" things = unfunny.

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 4:15 p.m. CST

    The LITERARY NARRATOR has got to go...

    by Lord John Whorfin

    What is this, Princess Bride? It's a sucky device in this instance.

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Kevin Smith's reaction to Inglorious Bastards

    by harosa

    Q- So have you seen Inglorious Bastards? A- I can't say if I did or didn't see it but let me say what I may or may not have seen will blow your balls away, but I can't say so yet but be prepared to hold your balls tightly when the movie comes out.

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Chapter 3 is boring...

    by Lord John Whorfin

    Lots of exposition. I thought this film was going to be about the Bastards? It was a struggle to get through this...

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 4:22 p.m. CST an article when he's rumored, one more...

    by Executor

    ...when he's officially announced...<p>AND IT'S BJ NOVAK!!!!! This isn't Pitt or Cruise or Carell or even Rainn Wilson. BJ FUCKING NOVAK. Seriously. <p>Overkill.

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 4:33 p.m. CST

    "Hollywood has no BADASSES left"

    by Alonzo Mosely

    You could have just used the cast of Deadwood...<p>

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 4:36 p.m. CST

    Ninety pages in...

    by Lord John Whorfin

    and it's mostly talking. Now, I know Tarantino is supposed to be known for his dialogue, none of it especially crackles. Ninety pages roughly equals ninety minutes, so we're going to get ninety minutes of setup? Where's Roger Avary when you need him?

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Well, I'm off to work...

    by Lord John Whorfin

    Seventy five pages left to go. Almost three hours? Groan. I'll finish it tonight after work and post my thoughts. Sure, I'm only a little halfway through, so it might pick up in the end of the second and in the third acts, but so far, it's a little boring. I don't get why so much of the second act is going to be "French New Wave Black and White." It seems to me that it's already boring with a lot of telling instead of showing and making this section B&W will only accentuate the tedium. Unless it's shot with some deep, interesting blacks and good use of grays and whites, I just don't know. Anyone know what Tarantino is going for, aside from some kind of ham-handed tribute to French New Wave?

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 5:27 p.m. CST


    by OgieOglethorpe

    "Force", my friends, is violence: The supreme authority from which all other authorities are derived!

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Tough Jews!

    by worldofwarcraft

    A much better title.

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 5:42 p.m. CST

    The final casting is just in!!!

    by harosa

    Just announced-Woody Allen, Jackie Mason,Billy Crystal and Fyvush Finkel. Man, this movie will kick ass!!!

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Theres not too much BASTARDS in Ing.Bastards

    by wilsonfisk89

    They are hardly the focus of the film, for better or worse. And Pitt's Aldo seems like he has minimal screen time. I loved the script, but was surprised with the apparent lack of Bastards.

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 6:10 p.m. CST

    whats with all these visonaries and their script reviews

    by slappy jones

    fuck I hate script reviews. Let the film makers make their film you unimaginative bastards.

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 6:49 p.m. CST

    ***Question Re: Scripts Online***

    by wilsonfisk89

    Wondering if someone can help me out: Do you know of any other online script resources besides IMSDB.COM? While that's a decent collection, it doesn't include foreign films, or many indie films, etc. Can anyone recommend another site or anything? Thanks!

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 8:13 p.m. CST


    by Thrillho77

    You're right. I just found out literally 10 minutes ago that I am in this movie too!

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 8:16 p.m. CST

    shit, wrong guy

    by Thrillho77

    I meant "Kingdom, yadda yadda, skullfuck"

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 8:17 p.m. CST

    but octagon is also right

    by Thrillho77

    just so you know.

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 8:40 p.m. CST


    by BurgerKing

    mike myers/?!!??! THE FUCK

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 8:58 p.m. CST

    so it went from Arnie, Sly, Bruce and Sandler to this?

    by johnnyg korrupt

    It went from the biggest fanboy pic of all time starring Arnie, Sly, Bruce, Sandler, Madsen, Roth to this? It got none of those guys....thats what made the pic legendary before its even shot. I can go with Pitt, coulda gone with Leo....but fucking BJ "blowjob" Novak? And he wanted Simon Pegg? fuck Pegg is up there on the annoying wanna smash his face in level with Seth Rogen

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 10:29 p.m. CST

    What the FUCK was I thinking, Lord John???

    by jackson healy

    I guess the script sucks ass if you say it does. Damn, I'm burning my copy tonight. I hope Quentin reads AICN, so he'll know how much his script sucks.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 12:43 a.m. CST

    Jackson, what are you, 12?

    by Lord John Whorfin

    I offer my own evaluation of the script and you shit the bed? What's wrong with you? What a little baby!

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 12:52 a.m. CST


    by Bad LT

    Can anyone out there, a kind soul, point me in the direction of the script or otherwise advise me on hows I can get it?

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 12:55 a.m. CST


    by Lord John Whorfin

    is a wonderful thing.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 1:09 a.m. CST

    I just made the mistake...

    by Lord John Whorfin

    of imagining Tarantino's voice speaking the words I'm reading. Now I can't stop.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 1:13 a.m. CST


    by Lord John Whorfin


  • Aug. 26, 2008, 1:27 a.m. CST


    by Lord John Whorfin

    The interrogation scene near the end is pretty good.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 3:31 a.m. CST

    The ending's bullshit.

    by Lord John Whorfin

    I wonder if this script is even real.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 3:45 a.m. CST

    Fuck All Tarantino Haters!!!!

    by Ezekiel 2517

    There. I had to get it out of my system...

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 3:50 a.m. CST

    All You Fuckers

    by Ezekiel 2517

    go to some of the faggy Batman/ Iron Man/Superman forums bulshit and fucking stay there.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 4:12 a.m. CST

    Bad LT

    by Ezekiel 2517

    go to the IB forum on IMDB. You'll get it there in a sec.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 6:17 a.m. CST

    I heard that Stallone is being courted now...

    by OgreYouAsshole

    only it's Frank.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 8:10 a.m. CST


    by Rommel Catuncan

    I know you've been cheatin' on me.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Frank Stallone...

    by Thrillho77

    ordered a crack whore. And Germans love David Hasselhoff.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Throw the jews down the well

    by masteryoda007

    I was initailly excited for this flick but now I am losing interest fast with each new actor that has been announced. I will give QT a chance, it is just that I am not that excited as I thought I would be.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 9:22 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    This is like being promised Prime Rib and getting a McRib instead. <p> Or groping the girl of your wet dreams and finding a cock in your hand. <p> You get the picture!!!!

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 12:51 p.m. CST


    by Rommel Catuncan

    Dude, I've been there. But that's because she brought her boyfriend.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 1:21 p.m. CST

    Mike Myers=Jack Black

    by flashlyrics

    Anybody realize the resemblance between Mike Myers joining the cast of Inglorious Bastards relating almost directly to the character Jack Black plays in Tropic Thunder? Good luck trying to resurrect your career Mike...

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 2:41 p.m. CST

    I don't see...

    by Lord John Whorfin

    any roles in this film, besides very short cameos, for Sly, Bruce or Arnold. I think people are really going to be disappointed in this film if they think they're getting some machinegun-toting, testoterone-filled Tarantino WW2 film. There's really not that much action.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 3:01 p.m. CST

    American Office = shit

    by TheWaqman

    oh and also Tarantino's recent filmography = shit. This movie is being set up for disaster, the script was just laughably bad aswell. Bear Jew flinging a baseball bat = Tarantino at his most excessive. Brad Pitt should get smart and drop out of this turd. He has much better films coming out this year, he doesn't want that rep stained by this skid mark next year.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Hey, I have an uncle who is a bastard.

    by mrfan

    How do I get him on this movie?

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 9:37 p.m. CST


    by WhinyNegativeBitch

    Some douche from some shitty knockoff television show? Whoopie de do.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 10:03 p.m. CST

    I've been saying it in most IB talkbacks...

    by WhinyNegativeBitch

    ...It really is black book lite. It's like the Fox network version of Black Book. I'll give credit where credit is due. Tarantino sat his ass down and watched a bucketload of movies while taking notes and had the audacity to steal whatever the fuck he liked. Most guys don't have the balls to be plagarists. QT, the Vanilla Ice of cinema. Except I like QT publically, not privately like Vanilla Ice.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 10:10 p.m. CST

    Should clarify...

    by WhinyNegativeBitch

    ...That the script reads like black book lite. The finished films may be entirely different. Remember the Kill Bill script was an amazing piece of writing, that through the filming process became a pretty good/average set of films. This could be the exact opposite for all I know. Avergage piece of writing, somehow strained through filming into something fantastic. His rumoured casting wish list so directly contrasts the characters as written that this may be the case.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 10:10 p.m. CST

    Er, contradicts, not contrasts.

    by WhinyNegativeBitch

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 2:57 a.m. CST

    Vanila Ice???

    by Ezekiel 2517

    In your whiny ass you fucking bitch. QT is More like Notorious B.I.G, the greatest rapper who ever done it, who proclaimed himself once as "The Hip Hop version of Nicky Tarantino".