Do you remember Christoph Waltz, the man whom American director Quentin Tarantino brought out of the shadows in Inglourious Basterds in 2009? As the sadistic Nazi officer, Hans Landa, Waltz was literally a discovery for English speaking audiences, and he richly deserved the Oscar he got for the role. He clinched his second Oscar for the 2012 Django Unchained, where Tarantino made him a bounty hunter, Dr King Schultz, sarcastic and cynical to a fault.
With an appearance in the new Bond spectacle, Spectre, on the horizon, the Austrian-German Waltz is now all set to direct a film and also act in it. Titled The Worst Marriage in Georgetown, this American feature is based on the true story of the murder of Viola Drath.
Drath was a playwright, who went on to become a notable figure in German-American relations. She was murdered in 2011, when she was 91.
“I have directed once in the theatre, one opera and one movie but many years apart,” Waltz told the media during the recent Zurich Film Festival.
He also said that he had given up on the “fantasy” of a career in Hollywood when a call from Tarantino for Inglorious Basterds changed his life.
“I went to a few castings on American movies in my career and it was very frustrating because you could smell it was about the production looking for soft-money in Europe,” the actor quipped. “So when my agent called saying Tarantino wants you to audition, I said ‘No, no, no. I know what will happen. I’ll go, they’ll get the money and then they’ll cast a US actor instead.’”
But Tarantino was not that sort, and Waltz became a celebrity overnight. Waltz, who had a bright career on German television, had not made a film in many years before he was called to don the Nazi uniform in the World War II adventure.