June 19, 2009 at 04:00 AM EDT

Brad Pitt & Quentin Tarantino Must Basterds

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The actor — who plays hillbilly soldier Aldo Raine — and director join forces for the hotly anticipated World War II revenge fantasy Inglourious Basterds, which hits theaters Aug. 21.

EW Brad, you’ve worked with some major directors — David Fincher, Terrence Malick, the Coen brothers…
BP I’m a director whore, it’s true.
EW Have you been waiting for the right Tarantino movie?
BP Well, I knew the Tarantino mythology, of course. Tarantino is now a noun. It may even be a verb. And I knew [Inglourious Basterds] was out there in the ether. But when I saw the script, I just knew I’d do it. You develop radar after so many years.
EW The movie’s been described as ”kosher porn.” It’s a revenge fantasy about Jewish-American soldiers wreaking havoc behind Nazi lines. But as far as we know, neither of you guys are Jewish.
QT Revenge is a big aspect of it. But you don’t have to be Jewish to get involved in this revenge, especially when you’re dealing with World War II iconography and mythology…
BP We’re all brothers and sisters here.
QT But there is an aspect of a wish-fulfillment fantasy to the film, for lack of better words. Taking down Hitler and destroying the Third Reich — we’ve all had those fantasies.
EW We’ve heard that Brad kept up Aldo’s hillbilly accent even when the cameras weren’t rolling.
BP It just sounded so good; it really did.
QT It was cool. I could ask Brad a question and get Aldo’s perspective.
EW The guy who played Hitler’s getting a lot of attention…
QT Martin [Wuttke] was so convincing, I called him Mein Führer on the set. To me, he was Hitler. It was like Method directing.

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