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How Lawrence Bender Brought ‘Inglourious Basterds’ to Life

It’s a little-known fact that the script for the 2009 blockbuster action movie “Inglourious Basterds” was actually a written more than a decade before the film’s release. At the time, Quentin Tarantino was busy working on “Kill Bill: Volume 1” and “Kill Bill: Volume 2,” so he didn’t have the resources to produce another film. Tarantino simply focused his work on the two-part film series, allowing the script for “Inglourious Basterds” to gather dust.

It wasn’t until 2005 when Tarantino began production of “Inglourious Basterds.” Along with the help of Lawrence Bender, he brought to life this otherwise forgotten script, turning it into one of the most successful movies of 2009. Born in The Bronx, New York, Bender is a successful film producer who’s worked in several of Tarantino films. Throughout his career, Lawrence Bender has won numerous awards as well as Academy Award nominations. Although he didn’t win award for “Inglourious Basterds,” he played a key role in the film’s success.

“Inglourious Basterds” isn’t just another World War II film that’s filled with explosions and gunfights with little or no sustenance. Tarantino and Lawrence Bender sought to create a film that was compelling and unique. Rather than following a historical approach, for instance, they used an alternate reality for the film. Without revealing too much about the plot, the story it tells isn’t historically accurate — and that’s what “Inglourious Basterds” such a great movie. The audience doesn’t know what to expect since it strays from the historical path of World War II.

Another reason “Inglourious Basterds” is its superb cast. It stars some of Hollywood’s biggest names, including Brat Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger and Eli Roth. Lawrence Bender helped to select and hire the talent for “Inglourious Basterds,” attesting to its influence in the film’s success.

To put the popularity of Lawrence Bender’s “Inglourious Basterds” into perspective, it grossed more than $321 million in theaters. This made it the second-highest-grossing film produced by Tarantino, surpassed only by “Django Unchained.”

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