Quentin Tarantino recently spoke to a sold-out crowd at a film festival in Jerusalem, and he named Christoph Waltz's Oscar-winning role of Hans Landa in the irritatingly spelled "Inglourious Basterds" as the best character he's ever written.
"I'm looking for that take where an actor just kicks into something — actors describe it as flying, they're not them anymore, it's the reason they become actors," QT told the crowd, via Screen Daily. "Landa is the best character I've ever written and maybe the best I ever will write. I didn't realize [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."
QT revealed more about that casting process, leading to the ideal actor. "I was getting worried. Unless I found the perfect Landa, I was going to pull the movie. I gave myself one more week and then I was going to pull the plug. Then Christoph Waltz came in and it was obvious that he was the guy; he could do everything. He was amazing, he gave us our movie back." Tarantino and Waltz reunited for another Oscar-winning performance in "Django Unchained."
Also, QT reiterated that his current plan is still to stop directing after 10 films, "but at 75 I might decide I have another story to do." If so, he'll probably cast Christoph Waltz in it.
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