Brad Pitt may have turned into a humanitarian hottie since hooking up with Angelina Jolie, however the star of Quentin Tarantino’s WWII flick “Inglourious Basterds” still gets a kick of it kicking others. Literally.
“I just like kicking ass period. Didn't have to be Nazi I can beat any ass. Any ass I like kicking. I just kick it,” Pitt enthused at last week’s Hollywood premiere, adding that since playing an American commando out to demoralize the Nazi regime he has become “a little tougher” and now walks with “a little more swagger”.
But oddly enough, the pesky paps actually aren’t on Pitt’s hit list.
“Paparazzi are my friends, they take good care of me,” he said with a smile. “They are really kind and generous and thoughtful people who make the world a better place."
On a somewhat more serious note, Pitt’s German-raised co-star Diane Kruger said that educational procedures have been put in place to avoid any more Hitleresque dynasties from coming to fruition, although she feels no guilt over the historic tragedy.
“Every kid has to go to a concentration camp and it's definitely part of making sure it never happens again,” Kruger said. “It's been 60 years, so my generation or younger, we really don't have any reference or any guilt feelings in that sense to our ancestors. It's funny because it's come up so much, how is Germany going to react? But the truth is, we don't like to hang on to dear old Adolf any more than the rest of the world and if anything we would have liked to kill him ourselves.”
In fact, Tarantino said that so far it’s the Germans who have given the flick the warmest reception.
“They already love the piece because we made it there. With the possible exception of Jews, if there's anybody that's had fantasies of bringing down the 3rd Reich, it's the last few generations of Germans that have had to live under this shadow,” Tarantino told Tarts. “A lot of the German actors in my movie, this isn't the first time they've put on Nazi uniforms, it’s just this thing that hovers over them culturally. They've thought about it a lot so when they read the script and when they see the movie, they're like ‘hell yeah!’”
In spite of all the trials, tribulations and tiffs that went on between Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul throughout the past eight seasons of “American Idol,” the caustic critic has admitted that he’s deeply saddened by Abdul’s shock departure.
“She's taken the decision in her life now, which you have to respect her for making the decision. I didn't want to get involved in what was going on because it wasn't really any of my business but I spoke to her a lot through the whole process. I always thought she was the heart of the show,” Cowell told us last week. “I'm not the heart, I'm not even the brain actually. But she was the heart, so you've taken that away so it's a different show. I’m sad, I am. I'll probably see her next week. I'm going to listen to what she wants to do next. I will support her in anything she wants to do next. I think she is TV gold, genuinely.”
And even though fellow judge Randy Jackson is going to miss the former pop princess, he’s proud of her for standing her ground and moving on.
“Me and Ryan and Simon and her started this journey together so I’m really shocked and really proud and really just couldn't believe she’s not here,” Jackson added. “We love her I'm sure she’s going to be great whatever she decides to do. Spoke to her couple days ago. I think she's doing pretty good. It was a really a tough time as you can imagine.”
However it looks as thought Ms Abdul is conquering the tough times with some serious partying. Looking fierce in a black dress, the former pop princess partied away until the early hours with a particularly young posse at Hollywood hotspot MyHouse on Friday, but escaped the shutterbugs by making a sneaky exit out the backdoor.
Speaking of the hit FOX reality show, Pop Tarts has learned that Season One winner Kelly Clarkson and a Jonas Brother will join forces at next week's audition series as celeb judges to find the next singing sensation.
The move is quite a surprise on Clarkson's behalf as she has spent the last several years working hard to separate herself from the reality program. But according to a source close to the Clarkson camp, she's beyond excited to get back to the show that started it all.
Other celeb superstars joining Simon, Randy and Kara for Season 9 include Shania Twain, Jennifer Lopez, Victoria Beckham and Mary J Blige.
"At this stage it doesn't look like Paula will be replaced by one person," an insider told Tarts. "The celebrity judges are working really well for now."
Hollie McKay has been a FoxNews.com staff reporter since 2007. She has reported extensively from the Middle East on the rise and fall of terrorist groups such as ISIS in Iraq. Follow her on twitter at @holliesmckay