Monday, May 30, 2011

Dear Quentin Tarantino, where are my family's "Royalties" check*?

A few years ago I went to the movies w/ Stephen to see "Inglourious Basterds".

As soon as I saw Brad Pitt, I knew there was something familiar to me about "Lt. Aldo Raine".

Then he said it:

"Blue Eyed Apache"

My Grandfather was in the World War II military unit called "Devil's Brigade". The Devil's Brigade (also called The Black Devils and The Black Devils' Brigade), was officially the 1st Special Service Force.

He was also an Apache Indian. As a child, he stayed on a reservation in Oklahoma.

And he had fair colored eyes.

Since I saw the movie I've been going on and on about how much "Aldo the Apache" is a RIP OFF of my Grandfather!

Well, today is Memorial Day.
That had me thinking about my Grandpa Manning.

(Really, I've been thinking about him allot lately. Even dreaming about him)

So I was reading online different things on the Black Devils. And then I saw this:

Quentin Tarantino's 2009 film Inglourious Basterds features a character named Lt. Aldo Raine aka "Aldo the Apache" played by Brad Pitt. Raine appears to be a member of the 1st Special Service Force, as he is seen wearing the unit's crossed arrows collar insignia and red arrowhead shoulder patch. The character also mentioned being dropped into Italy (where he apparently learned some Italian), a country where the Devil's Brigade was deployed. The inclusion of this detail is likely a nod to the film depiction of The Devil's Brigade which Tarantino cited as an influence for Inglourious Basterds.


I WASN'T just talking trash out my butt!

(Now, I'll admit, I haven't really read much about the movie, so if anyone can give me more info on Tarantino using the Devil's Brigade as inspiration for the movie, I would really love to hear about it!)

So I ask you again Mr. Tarantino, where are the "Royalties" checks?*

*Note: I'm being a smart ass. I know that Tarantino didn't steal my brain waves to make this movie. Any WWII buff can tell you that The Black Devils where the baddest MoFos. And just watch any John Wayne movie and you'll learn the "Apaches" where scalping monsters*. He just put together two of the baddest badass' of war.

I just find the similarities all so very odd/cool.

* Sarcasm


Manda Malice said...

Without a DOUBT, who ever was in charge of costume/wardrobe for the movie was DEAD ON! Even with the hair! That was the first thing that I notice was how much Brad Pitt's hair looked like my Grandfather's.

But, I would like to note that I think my Grandpa is far more handsome than "Aldo the Apache" ♥

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