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First Lieutenant Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) had a scar that made it look as though someone had tried to cut his throat. Is there any reason mentioned for that scar (in the movie that I missed, or in interviews with Tarantino etc.)?

I kept expecting someone to ask about it, and get some background story.

Scar across throat

Scar across throat

Scar continuing up behind left ear

Scar continuing up behind left ear

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There is a reddit thread which posits that 1) Aldo Raine bears the scars of American history (negro lynching) and then passes it on to the Nazi's by giving them Nazi scars (swastikas) or 2) it was a Tarantino homage to Clint Eastwood's character in Hang 'Em High, where the character is an innocent man hung who survives and hunts down his accusers working as a marshal. –  CGCampbell Aug 23 '14 at 16:44
Knowing Tarantino, I believe it is both of those reasons at once. –  CGCampbell Aug 23 '14 at 16:45

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It is neither explained in movie nor outside. You will find the same answer in imdb and quora. There are no interview available from cast or crew, there are just assumption and user theories.

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I would accept (from IMDB) "..it was Tarantino's intention to leave it unknown" if that had a link to an interview, or at least mentioned when/where the interview was performed. –  Andrew Thompson Aug 23 '14 at 11:59
OK.. no more stuffing about, this answer gets the tick. Thanks for hunting down those refs. for me. :) –  Andrew Thompson Aug 25 '14 at 1:42

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