I met Quentin Tarantino for drinks last night at the Pig ‘N Whistle on Hollywood Boulevard while a double feature of “Pulp Fiction” and “Inglourious Basterds” played next door at The Egyptian. I was interviewing him for a story for our Oscar issue on the cultural significance of “Inglourious Basterds” when he offered up the following comment on what he learned while visiting Israel last Fall.
Here’s the thing that I did not know about Israel before I went there: I didn’t know—and truthfully I got turned on by it; I dug it, I really dug it—I didn’t know that every young person has to go into the army. I was unaware of that. The concept behind that I thought was awesome. To me, what it said was, (and he bangs his fists on the table) ‘You will NEVER ever catch us unawares again. NEVER. The prettiest most daintiest girl, the fattest boy, the littlest guy, the meekest mouse is gonna learn how to operate a gun and is gonna know what it means to be a WARRIOR. We will never be caught sleeping again!’ And that was COOL.
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