Tarantino on Waltz and Don Johnson comeback chances

Quentin Tarantino has praised Austrian film star Christoph Waltz a “jewel”.Christoph Waltz in 'Django Unchained'

Speaking to TV Woche, an Austrian magazine, Tarantino explained: “Christoph is just a jewel. He’s a great actor. We have a lot in common and often have the same vision. He always knows exactly what I expect from actors and the characters they play in my films.”

Tarantino once more decided to cooperate with Waltz for “Django Unchained”, a new western, after making “Inglourious Basterds” four years ago. Waltz, who was born in Vienna, received an Academy Award for his performance after having been overlooked by Hollywood for years.

While Waltz starred as brutal SS official Hans Landa in “Inglourious Basterds”, he now plays Dr. King Schultz, a feared bounty hunter. “Inception” star Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx (“Collateral”, “Ray”) and Samuel L. Jackson (“Unbreakable”, ”Snakes on a Plane”) are also part of the superb cast of “Django Unchained”.

Tarantino revealed he initially intended to hire an elderly actor for the role of plantation owner Calvin Candie before picking DiCaprio. “Leo was desperate about playing the part after reading the script. (…) He did a great job,” the director told TV Woche.

Asked whether a Don Johnson comeback similar to the spectacular return of John Travolta following his appearance in “Pulp Fiction” is in sight, Tarantino said: “John’s rise after ‘Pulp Fiction’ was a phenomenon. Don only plays a supporting role (in ‘Django Unchained’) and I doubt that a similar hype will kick in. But I’d love to see more of him from now because I’ve been a fan since ‘Miami Vice’.”

Meanwhile, a string of other excellent movies are screened by the Burgkino (www.burgkino.at), a tradition-rich original versions cinema in Austrian capital Vienna. Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”, “Anna Karenina” starring Keira Knightley and Jude Law, “Argo” and “Skyfall” are currently on the Burgkino’s bill.

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