A lot has to be said about the 52-year old Austrian actor who burst onto the Hollywood scene last year in Tarantino’s Oscar nominated Inglourious Basterds. Certainly, Quentin knows how to pluck them out of nowhere, and I am sure glad he found Christoph Waltz.
A method actor, originally from Vienna, Waltz grew up acting on the stage, and studied at Lee Strasberg Studio here in New York. It is said that when Tarantino met him, he refused to make the film with anyone else to portray the evil ‘Jew Hunter’ Hans Landa. Waltz signed on, and has been an unstoppable force since the film’s debut last May at Cannes. In 2009 and 2010 Waltz has gone on to win virtually every single award in each performance category he was nominated for. Including, but not limited to: the SAG supporting actor, the Golden Globe supporting actor, the Cannes best actor, Nation Society of Film Critics best actor, the BAFTRA award and 24 other Best Actor Awards for his portrayal of Landa. He is next signed up to portray the villian in ‘The Green Hornet’ and expect to see him walk away next Sunday with the ‘Best Supporting Actor Oscar’ in Hollywood. It’s a safe bet to draw.
Stop by each Wednesday for a new featured ‘player actor’ in my DE PROFIL series.