It was strange being in New York this weekend doing back to back to back junkets and talking about fictional bloodbaths and violence while everyone at the event was also trying to absorb the real-life news about Newtown and the elementary school shootings. And I'll be clear… it wasn't uncomfortable because I think there is a correlation between violence in art and violence in real life. I don't. It was uncomfortable because we were all processing something real, and that makes it hard to be invested in the pretend.
I've chatted with Christoph Waltz a few times now, and I think he's a really sharp, well-spoken performer who doesn't really like digging too deep into his own process or going over projects other than the one that he's currently discussing. I think he had a long professional career before "Inglourious Basterds," and he got used to doing things a certain way, and just because more people are paying attention to the work on an international scale, that doesn't mean Waltz has any obligation to change the way he works.
What I find interesting about him is how human he is in interviews. While he is undeniably bright and articulate, he does not seem rehearsed or guarded. Indeed, tree was a pointed reminder of that during our conversation, when I asked him about the way Dr. King Schultz (his character in "Django Unchained") uses words as weapons. He started to talk about the "real" violence in the film, and then stopped. Without making a big show of it, he made it clear that he wasn't comfortable pursuing the thought all the way to the point he was about to make. He didn't feel right about it. He stopped, then went back to the words. It was one of rare moments in an interview where you see past all the defenses most actors have when promoting things, and I appreciated the way he handled it.
I cannot say enough good things about "Django Unchained," and I can't wait until you all get a chance to see it so we can start discussing it in more depth.
"Django Unchained" arrives in theaters on Christmas Day.
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
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