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Eli Roth, mainly known for writing and directing slice-and-dice, gore-rific horror films like the 'Hostel' movies, puts on his acting hat as Sgt. Donny "The Bear Jew" Donowitz in friend Quentin Tarantino's Nazi-scalping opus 'Inglourious Basterds.' At the film's Blu-ray/DVD launch Monday night, we spoke with Roth on the red carpet about the 'Basterds' moment that made his parents cry, the film's award chances and his own upcoming directorial projects. Eli Roth, mainly known for writing and directing slice-and-dice, gore-rific horror films like the 'Hostel' movies, puts on his acting hat as Sgt. Donny "The Bear Jew" Donowitz in friend Quentin Tarantino's Nazi-scalping opus 'Inglourious Basterds.' At the film's Blu-ray/DVD launch Monday night, we spoke with Roth on the red carpet about the 'Basterds' moment that made his parents cry, the film's award chances and his own upcoming directorial projects.

Although he did get to direct the film-within-the-film 'Nation's Pride,' going before the camera as Donny was a welcome departure for Roth. Coming from a Jewish family, there was one particular Nazi-slaughtering scene he took much pride in, one that truly hit home. "I was watching ['Inglourious Basterds'] with my parents, and I would look over to see my parents crying as I'm shooting Hitler in the face," he recalled, humorously pointing out his parents' first reaction to watching the film. "We all got teary-eyed; it was a very emotional moment for all of us. It cut so deep and so personal in a way that none of us expected."

The recently announced Golden Globe and SAG nods should move 'Basterds' to the front of the pack when Oscar time rolls around. Roth had a moment to reflect on the film's chances and who he hopes will be honored during this hype-heavy awards season. "Look, I'd love to see Quentin get nominated -- everyone -- Melanie [Laurent], Diane Kruger and truly Christoph Waltz," he effused. "I feel like Christoph Waltz, the movie belongs to him, and he's been working for so many years; it's nice to see him finally get his due."

Since completing filming on 'Basterds,' Roth has been hard at work on a number of unexpectedly "not-so-gory" projects. "I'm actually in a producing role right now; I'm sound-mixing this horror movie 'Cotton,' which will be really scary. Not a lot of gore, it's more psychological -- but it's really, really scary. I'm really excited about it," he said. "As soon as that is done, which will be in the next week, I'm going to jump in and finish my script for 'Endangered Species,' and we'll start [production] next year."

Both the Blu-Ray and DVD editions of 'Inglourious Basterds' are now available.

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