Christoph Waltz could spend a lifetime playing bad guys

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 18 July 2016
Christoph Waltz on GQ cover

Christoph Waltz on GQ cover

Oscar-winning star Christoph Waltz has admitted he'd happily spend a "lifetime playing villains" as all the fictional bad guys are different

Christoph Waltz accepts he could spend the rest of his life "playing bad guys" - because they are all different.

The 59-year-old actor is famous for his villainous roles, with memorable performances including being Ernst Stavro Blofeld in James Bond film 'Spectre', playing Cardinal Richelieu in 'The Three Musketeers' and most recently bringing to life the merciless Belgian captain Leon Rom in 'The Legend of Tarzan'.

Waltz - who is from Vienna, Austria, and now lives in Germany - accepts he is great at playing baddies and he enjoys it because he always finds each evil doer fascinating because their motivation is always different.

Speaking to the new German edition of GQ magazine, he said: "The eternal villain thing is completely indifferent. I am interested in the details. What colours on the moral spectrum a role has. It could last me a lifetime just playing villains, but they must be different from each other."

Another of Waltz's most famous villains is Nazi SS Colonel Hans Landa from Quentin Tarantino's 'Inglourious Basterds', a performance which earned him the Best Supporting Actor Oscar.

Tarantino recently described the cruel and sadistic officer from his 2009 movie as the "best character" he has ever written.

The filmmaker said: "Landa is the best character I've ever written and maybe the best I ever will write. I didn't realise [when I was first writing him] that he was a linguistic genius. He's probably one of the only Nazis in history who could speak perfect Yiddish.

"Actors didn't get my poetry. I literally had to consider I might have written an unplayable part."

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