Eli Roth and Omar Doom were nearly incinerated filming the Inglourious Basterds fire sequence in the theater. During tests the flame temperatures reached 400 degrees centigrade, but during the take the set burned out of control and the temperature reached 1,200 degrees centigrade (2,000 degrees fahrenheit.) While Quentin Tarantino was seated on a crane operating the camera in a fireproof suit, neither of them wanted to back down. They instead soldiered through until they got the shot. Fire marshalls said that another fifteen seconds of filming and the steel structure would have collapsed, incinerating the actors. Roth and Doom were treated for minor burns on their hands, face and neck.
Earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from Parsons School of Design in New York City.
Moved to Paris at age 19 to further his studies in painting.
His family is from Kashmir, an area in the northwestern region of the Indian subcontinent.