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Brad Pitt Brought Home Inglourious Spirit

08/11/2009 at 08:45 AM EDT

Brad Pitt Brought Home Inglourious Spirit
Brad Pitt in Inglourius Basterds
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Brad Pitt had no trouble getting into the good ol' boy spirit of his WWII Tennessee hillbilly lieutenant screen character at Monday night's Hollywood premiere of director Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds.

Asked at Grauman's Chinese Theater if he ever took his role home and do it for his kids, Pitt– who plays Aldo "The Apache" Raine, leader of a troop of eight against the Nazis – told PEOPLE: "I did! I'd tell those little 'basterds' to get out there and start scalpin'!"

The proud papa noted that his children proved to be quick studies, especially the eldest, son Maddox, 8. He "picked it up a little, the accent, and it was pretty funny," said Pitt. "He got pretty good, actually."

As for the raucous after-hours spirit while making the movie, which also stars Eli Roth (as Staff Sergeant Donny Donowitz) and Til Schweiger (as German psychopath Hugo Stiglitz) – it was, well, spirited, often being fueled by six packs and even 12 packs.

"Oh," Pitt joked, "I'm just a drunk!"


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