Christoph Waltz owes a great deal of his success to Quentin Tarantino. The famed director didn’t imbue Waltz with an extraordinary acting prowess, or even give him ability to command a theater-going audience with a few wistful gesticulations of his magical fingers (he does some amazing hand-acting in Django Unchained), but Tarantino did give the Austrian-born actor — who up until Inglorious Basterds was primarily doing TV work — his first big break.
Waltz ran with the ball when he received it, winning two consecutive Oscars for his work in Tarantino’s films, and now not only is he in Tim Burton’s upcoming Big Eyes, he’ll be starring in the next James Bond film, Spectre.
In a new interview with Moviefone, the subject of becoming a “troupe” member for Tim Burton and Quentin Tarantino brought about Waltz’s interesting perspective on his career choices.
It has to be right. It’s nice to be part of a group but it needs to be right. You have to have a proper place. And just to be in the group for group dynamic’s sake is, to me, I find it extremely frustrating.
Of course, then, the topic turned to Tarantino’s next film, The Hateful Eight, which Waltz has no part in. When asked why, Waltz detailed how he does not want to be pigeon-holed.
Like I said, a group in and of itself… You know, groupies are groupies. That’s their function. But since I’m not a groupie, I have to have something to do in the group. And if I don’t have anything to do in the group, hey…
So, there you have it. Christoph Waltz will not be winning another Oscar with Quentin Tarantino — for now — because he doesn’t want to be a QT “groupie.” Waltz doesn’t do groupies (this can be interpreted several ways). Waltz does him. And, him wins Oscars.