Simon Pegg Won’t Be An ‘Inglorious Bastard’

17 08 2008

So, it seems Simon Pegg was only ‘in talks’ to be in Tarantino’s war epic and now, due to a scheduling conflict, he will not be cast in the film. Son of a bitch!

On a lighter note, Simon will, instead, be working on a film by Superbad director, Greg Mottola, titled Paul.

From Slashfilm:

‘Written and starring Pegg and Nick Frost, the story is a road movie about two British comic book geeks that get into an adventure across America. I’ve also heard that Pegg and Frost will reverse their dynamic, and Pegg will actually be playing the sidekick in this one. Edgar Wright is not involved.’

I guess it’s not so bad that he dropped Bastards to pursue another comedy with his pal, Nick Frost. In fact, I feel like that’s a much better move for him. If Bastards is going down, I’d hate to see Simon Pegg go with it. Now if only we could persuade Brad Pitt to drop out too…





Mike Myers Cast In ‘Inglorious Bastards’

15 08 2008

By now, most people can agree that Mike Myers is way past his prime. Ever since Waynes World 2, he just hasn’t been as funny (I might be one of the only people on the planet who hated the Austin Powers franchise). Well, now, it looks like Quentin Tarantino is going to be continuing his horrible streak by casting the Love Guru in his new war film, Inglorious Bastards. According to Variety, Myers will be playing British General, Ed French, ‘a military mastermind who takes part in hatching a plot to wipe out Nazi leaders.’ It’s also worth mentioning that Myers’ role is a very small one (Thank God).

Along with Myers, several other comedic actors have been cast in the film as well: Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) and BJ Novak (NBC’s The Office). Adam Sandler had been offered a role in the film, but declined due to a scheduling conflict. Oh, and it probably goes without saying that Eli Roth is also said to have a role in the film (Big surprise). 

I don’t know about you, but ever since Tarantino started producing films like Hostel and Hostel Part 2 and writing/directing crap like Death Proof, I’ve pretty much lost respect for the man. It’s hard to respect a man who makes a career out of living off of his own name like he does. Now, I haven’t gotten a chance to read Inglorious Bastards yet, so I can’t judge the script (which is probably packed with that trademark Tarantino dialogue), but what raises the biggest question to me so far is why in the hell he’s casting a bunch of comedians in a friggin’ war movie. This isn’t Tropic Thunder 2. I guess Myers isn’t the only one whose glory days are far behind him.

UPDATE: Samm Levine, better known as Neil Schweiber from TV’s brilliant, albeit short-lived Freaks and Geeks, has also been cast in the film, however his role is unknown at this time.





Eli Roth + RZA = Kung Fu?

6 07 2008

  

So what do Eli Roth and RZA have in common? No, Eli Roth isn’t a former member of the Wu-Tang Clan. Answer: They’re teaming up for The Man With The Iron Fist. Oh, and the project has been OK’d by Quentin Tarantino. So now that Eli has daddy’s permission, it looks like he’s actually going to attempt a martial arts film.

Now, I don’t know too much about martial arts movies, but the thought of Eli Roth helming a project like this seems like a God awful mistake considering his previous work (I’m looking at you, Hostel). I don’t know. Ever since he’s become Quentin Tarantino’s little buddy, he’s just sort of turned to shit and having Tarantino’s approval doesn’t really go as far as it would’ve back in the 90s when he was still putting out good films and wasn’t so self-absorbed. Actually, come to think of it, that’s probably why they get along so well.

All I can do is hope the entire movie isn’t an hour and a half of “Pancake Dennis” although I can’t imagine much else.