Glory Girl; Diane Kruger May Detest War Films, but She Was Thrilled to Star in Quentin Tarantino's Latest

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Glory Girl; Diane Kruger May Detest War Films, but She Was Thrilled to Star in Quentin Tarantino's Latest


Byline: JOHN HISCOCK

When gorgeous German-born model Diane Kruger decided she wanted to be an actress, she worked hard to lose her accent in order to make an impact with American directors and producers. But she did so well and now speaks such good English that Quentin Tarantino - who was looking for a German actress for his war film Inglourious Basterds - didn't believe she wasn't an American.

"It was a little frustrating because when I first started out, everyone would say, 'You're great but you'll have to lose your accent'," says, Diane. "It's hard work, but you get there in the end."

When the writer-director finally agreed to meet her, he cast Kruger almost immediately.

Inglourious Basterds is about a Jewish death squad behind German lines during the Second World War, exacting revenge for Nazi atrocities. It also stars Brad Pitt, French actress Mlanie Laurent and the German actor Christoph Waltz. Kruger plays Bridget, a German movie star-turned-spy and she speaks both German and French in the film.

"It's such a great role for me and I've never had a part that is quite as energetic," says 33-year-old Kruger. "The woman I play is such a strong lady and a 1940s movie star, so the acting had to be quite put on. That was so important to Quentin and he made me watch 25 movies he was inspired by, with different actresses. Quentin wanted Bridget to be very 'movie star' at times and then fragile when she became unravelled."

For once, Diane wasn't the only foreigner in the cast as about 70 per cent of the actors in the movie are either French or German.

"It was one of the things I enjoyed about the film, and it was perfect chaos on set," says Diane. "It really felt like a European movie."

Although Diane was short of acting experience when she landed her big break back in 2004, also opposite Brad Pitt, in the sword HIS and sandals epic Troy, she has been dancing since she was a child. She left her home in Hildesheim, Germany, at the age of 17 when her parents separated and she has not been in touch with her father since. …

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