Oscars 2013: Christoph Waltz of 'Django Unchained' talks Quentin Tarantino (Video)
Oscar nominee Christoph Waltz says Quentin Tarantino, who helped him earn two nominations for two different movies, is the "master writer" and that he does not need much convincing in order to star in his films.
Waltz, 56, talked to OTRC.com host Rachel Smith about the director and screenwriter of the 2012 film "Django Unchained," for which he is nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. The movie earned five nods in total, including Best Picture.
"Quentin is the master writer, and he understands me, and I think I kind of understand what he's after," Waltz told OTRC.com at the Oscar luncheon. "I think what I have at my disposal is what he can use for his stories and his movies, so it all falls into place."
"I'm not saying I understand it [his mind]," Waltz continued. "I think I understand what he's after with his script. And what's in his mind? I don't know. I'm not even sure I want to know."
Tarantino's film "Django Unchained" stars Jamie Foxx as the title character, an African-American slave who is bought by Waltz' character, a bounty hunter known to most as a dentist named Dr. King Schultz. They strike a deal in which Django will help him with his work and in exchange, Schultz will help him find and free his wife, Broomhilda, played by Kerry Washington, from an evil plantation owner, played by DiCaprio.
When asked what the final selling point of the controversial role was, he very simply answered: "If Quentin gives me a script, he doesn't need a selling point."
"He picked a subject that was more than just the immediate story," Waltz said. "It reached a lot further. Not just because of history, but into the very fiber of this civilization ... He always understands to build a bridge, so it's not that we as an audience could say, 'oh, well that happened then.'"
Waltz won his first Oscar for his role as Nazi officer Hans Landa in Tarantino's 2009 film, "Inglorious Basterds." He said he and the director work well together and that the only inspiration he received for his role as Dr. Schultz is what Tarantino put in front of him.
"I take it from Quentin's script - frequently i'm asked if i'm modeling my character after someone, and yeah, certainly, after what Quentin has written," Waltz continued. "That's what I do for a living."
The movie has stirred controversy over not only its sensitive subject matter, but its repeated use of a racial slur throughout the film. Director Spike Lee, a longtime advocate of civil rights known for helming the 1992 film "Malcolm X," said in December that he would boycott the movie, adding on his Twitter page: "American Slavery Was Not A Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western.It Was A Holocaust.My Ancestors Are Slaves.Stolen From Africa.I Will Honor Them. (sic)"
Tarantino addressed the controversy over the use of the racial slur, telling MTV News: "I think it's kind of ridiculous because no one can actually say with a straight face that we use the word more than it was used in 1858 in Mississippi, so since they can't say that, what they're basically saying is, 'I should lie, I should pretty it up. I should lie' and I don't lie when it comes to my characters and the stories I tell.'"
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Watch the trailer for "Django Unchained" below.