Adam Sandler Missed This Iconic Tarantino Role While Shooting Another Film

One of Quentin Tarantino’s most fun films could have been different if Adam Sandler was available.

Filmmakers Quentin Tarantino and Judd Apatow recently sat down for Bill Maher’s ‘Club Random’ podcast. During the interview, Tarantino confirmed a long-standing Hollywood rumor about a standout role from his 2005 film ‘Inglorious Basterds’.

Granted, there are MANY standout roles from Tarantino’s revisionist, wish-fulfillment version of World War II Europe. But it turns out as menacing and hilarious Eli Roth was as ‘The Bear Jew’, Tarantino wrote the role for Adam Sandler! Unfortunately, Sandler already committed to filming Judd Apatow’s ‘Funny People’ which would be filming at the same time as ‘Inglorious Basterds’. Here’s part of Tarantino’s chat with Apatow:

“Obviously [Sandler] should’ve done yours because of the whole thing of it. I mean, you start with the f—ing video cassette of you guys as kids. But yeah, the Bear Jew was going to…I wrote the Bear Jew for Adam Sandler. When I was doing ‘Little Nicky,’ he’s telling me like, “Oh man, I get to f—ing beat up Nazis with a bat? F—ing script! F—ing awesome! I can’t f—ing wait! I can’t f—ing wait!” He was like telling every Jewish guy, “I’m going to f—ing play this guy who beats up Nazis with a f—ing bat.’”

Now I love ‘Inglorious Basterds’. But I’m not sure I can picture Sandler in Roth’s place. What do you think?

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