We received a scan of an interview Mr. Waltz did for “Fuer Sie” magazine in Germany. Interestingly, it was the same interviewer who did the Playboy interview. I will aim to have the English translation up over the weekend.
English Translation (Thanks to Ghost)
„Für Sie“ Interview
He can appear as cynical and does not like personal questions. Nevertheless we got several good answers from Oscar- winner Christoph Waltz (55).
“I can be very defiant myself”
Mister Waltz, let us assume one of your kids beats another one – like in your new movie “Carnage”. How would you react as a father?
Very easy: If one of my kids did such a thing, then it should be brought to trial and I would visit it in prison.
A pretty mean joke. Do you tend to be cynical, like your character in the movie?
If you call the man cynical you are judging him quite harshly. You could also describe him as a very reasonable and consequent person. He doesn’t lose his calm and sticks to his beliefs, while his wife and the other couple freak out. His work doesn’t leave him time for that.
Can you identify with him?
If I could not I had rather not accepted the role.
How do you like your profession? After all, you had to wait 30 years for your big breakthrough…
Of course that frustrating in the meantime. But that is normal. At the beginning you have a lot of verve. But every profession will become the everyday life you are making your living from. You must do that with dignity and decency.
Have you ever considered doing something else?
No. After 30 years it would be absurd to say: “I’m becoming a mechanical engineer now and develop robots”.
Has the Oscar-win pulverized the frustration of the past years?
I received the Oscar on March 7th 2010. Life went on the next day and it is well that way. Why should I harp on it for the next years? I don’t put the statue at a set place either; otherwise it would turn to an altar and I find that really overdone.
How do your partner and your seven-year-old daughter experience the fuzz about your person that started in 2010?
It is not easy. When one element in a network moves to a certain direction, all other ones have to cope with that. And that requires efforts, attention and care.
Sounds rather intricately: efforts, attention… can you concretize that?
Only this much: We live mostly in London. And it is important, that my daughter goes to school instead of coming around to shootings with me. But actually that is none of your business.
Why do you try so hard to protect your private life?
I would just ask you to accept that, otherwise I will get angry.
If questions anger you that much, you could turn interviews down altogether…
An actor is expected to give interviews. That’s not wrong. You just have to arrange yourself to it and protect your privacy.
Alright, then let us ask more general: What do you value the most in women?
This is individually very different. Basically I can simply say: women and men are completely different, we don’t resemble each other in the least. That shows in all our actions. It leads to complications but also makes our life lovely at the same time.
Is there something you admire others for?
Yes, when somebody can remain completely objective during an argument, concentrates on the matter, isn’t personal. I consider that admirable. That I have yet to learn. I can be very defiant myself.
Does that mean, doing a movie together with you can be pretty straining?
Let’s put it like this: only actors that take themselves too seriously start discussing with the director. I’m not one who dissects everything and takes it apart to single parts, I’m not a philosopher, no critical theorist, but an actor. I don’t discuss for long because I don’t consider myself that important. I’m just doing my work. The craziness of the show business aren’t my cup of tea.
Interview: Rüdiger Sturm
Also, we recently found this excellent interview that Mr. Waltz did for Schweizer Fernsehen about Carnage. I hope some English language videos will come out soon! (German)
The LA Times Envelope series has published a great interview with Mr. Waltz and John C. Reilly for Carnage.
The movie opens on Dec. 12 in the US, so if you can – go to see it! It’s a fantastic film and, in my opinion, the best role Mr. Waltz has played since Inglourious Basterds.
There has been a great deal of confusion regarding a post I made on December 1 that was deleted.
A question emerged as to whether December 1 actually was the first day of shooting for Django Unchained. Somewhere, amongst everything I looked at online during the month of November, there was a source that quoted December 1 as the start date. However, when the question as to the origin of my information emerged, I was woefully unable to find the original source or a supporting source. I am not in the habit of reporting rumors or false information deliberately, nor do I wish to join the ranks of the Busy Bloggers who publish rumor as fact, so I decided it was prudent and correct to remove the post so not to spread false information.
I apologize for the confusion this may have caused. According to the Louisiana Film Board, Django Unchained will be shooting in the New Orleans area in February. As for any filming or production information during December and January, there are many rumors but no confirmed facts at this time. None the less, I hope that all involved with the production have a wonderful holiday and new year, and have an especially fun and rewarding time on this new project together.
(with thanks to Ghost for the scan)