Geoffrey Rush's character is getting serious Nazi pressure in this deleted scene from The Book Thief.
The 2013 film, which comes out on Blu-Ray/DVD March 11, features Rush as Hans Hubermann, a kind, uneducated German man who takes in a young girl Liesel, (Sophie Nélisse) during Nazi Germany.
Rush's character does his best not to join the Nazi party, despite subtle and not-so-subtle pressure.
"My character Hans is a very simple man," Rush tells USA TODAY. "And he cannot get work since he is part of the 1/10 of the population who wasn't so keen on what the socialists were doing for the country. So he kind of finds a way out of joining the party which is kind of a stigma for him."
This comes to a head in this scene which features Nazi officials menacing Hans to join the party. Hans is taking a break on his accordion since he is not able to find sign work due to his lack of integration.
When Hans points out that he is too stupid to figure out the Nazi paper work, one Nazi officer replies: "Well, I hope you're not that stupid."
The film also stars Emily Watson as Rush's screen wife. The two German foster parents care for Liesel, who finds joy in stealing forbidden books. They also hide a young Jewish man (Ben Schnetzer) in their working-class home.