“I play the part. If it’s boring, it’s boring”: Christoph Waltz, Who Induces Nightmares With Villain Roles, Has No Qualms About Playing the Bad Guy Everyone Hates

"I play the part. If it's boring, it's boring": Christoph Waltz, Who Induces Nightmares With Villain Roles, Has No Qualms About Playing the Bad Guy Everyone Hates
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It would be impossible to list all of the different genres that have existed in film history. Actors have a wide range of choices when it comes to the kind of movie they want to be in, whether it is a comedy, thriller, horror, romance, drama, action, adventure, fantasy, mystery, etc. While many actors are categorized by moviegoers into one specific genre, some actors take advantage of the chance to appear in as many movies and shows as they can. One such example is Oscar winner, Christoph Waltz. 

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The actor adopts an unconventional method of character portrayal, putting his judgments aside and allowing viewers to explore the complexity of his on-screen personas. Simply put, he does not view himself as a “moralist” but rather as an “actor”.

Christoph Waltz
Christoph Waltz

Waltz is of the belief that an actor has the chance to demonstrate their choice of character range and prove that they can perform in any kind of film through these various opportunities. 

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Christoph Waltz Is Unafraid to Play the Bad Guy 

Christoph Waltz, a German-Austrian actor, has become well-known for playing those roles that we all love to hate. He has also won two Oscars for best-supporting Actor along the way. The 66-year-old actor, earlier this year, said in a virtual interview:

“I play the part. If the part is good and juicy, you know what, it’s a good and juicy part. It’s a lot of fun. If it’s boring, well it’s boring.” 

The Carnage actor gained notoriety in the United States with his portrayal of the evil Nazi officer, Hans Landa in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds (2009), which earned him his first Academy Award. 

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Three years later, he won another Oscar for his second Tarantino film, Django Unchained, though this time his part was more heroic. 

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Christoph Waltz

Waltz has become Hollywood’s go-to man for roles that explore different shades of gray over the years. He has the belief that when deciding what is good and bad, people have a “huge misconception” as he further noted:

“There’s a huge misconception about bad and good in any case. But in our field even more so. Bad and good, that’s what you come up with. I don’t judge between good and bad. I’m not a moralist. I’m just an actor.”

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‘For Me As An Actor, I Need Things To Do’

In a culture where moral absolutes are divisive, one acclaimed actor defies expectations by refusing to label his characters as ‘good’ or ‘bad’. 

Meet Christoph Waltz, a master performer renowned for his mesmerizing portrayals of morally complex characters in movies like Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained, and Spectre. He has captivated audiences around the world and revolutionized the acting profession with his distinct acting ethos. 

Christoph Waltz
Christoph Waltz

When asked how to balance comedy and drama, the actor responded that he does not “act in genres”. 

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“For me as an actor, I need things to do. And if they contradict each other, then they’re closer to real life and the world. You get more to think about why this happens and then you get closer to why we do it and why you watch it.”

He currently stars in the American thriller television series, The Consultant. The actor has the “impression” that Tony Basgallop’s series made some important observations about the workforce of today. To quote him:

“It is actually a very astute and close observation of what’s going on inside this generation of the workforce. To me, that’s the whole joke of the story. It definitely mirrors directly what I perceive of the millennial workforce. I am always stunned by how conformist they are and how obedient they are. As Einstein said, to be a member of the herd, you have to be a sheep first. That’s what my impression is.”

Christoph Waltz
Christoph Waltz

Well, The Consultant received favorable reviews; however, reviewers criticized the writing and pacing of the series while praising Waltz’s performance.

The Consultant is streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

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