The Scene: ‘Basterds,’ humor, killing Nazis

Quentin Tarantino’s movies are distinctive, thanks to several elements they typically share.

They usually offer moviegoers a massively flawed protagonist. They feature hyper-stylized and often graphic violence. And, of course, there’s a sudden twist of comedy when you least expect it. In fact, it’s not uncommon for fans of Tarantino’s work to suddenly find they are laughing at a moment that’s usually devoid of humor.

Fans of the acclaimed director will be happy to learn that his latest film, a Nazi-hunting World War II fantasy, “Inglourious Basterds,” delivers on all fronts. Watch the stars describe how Tarantino smashes stereotypes » CNN caught up with several of the film’s stars, including Brad Pitt, B.J. Novak (an occasional stand-up comedian) and Christoph Waltz, as well as director Tarantino, as they explain how to make a movie about killing Nazis funny.