Mr. Pink. The Gimp. Jackie Brown. The Bride. The Bear Jew. Calvin Candie.
Writer/director Quentin Tarantino has given birth to some of the most indelible characters in modern cinema, but unlike a parent who says they could never name which child they love the most (it’s always the first-born), Tarantino knows who his favorite is. Is it someone obvious, like Django? Or someone obscure, like his own voice in Jackie Brown? Or is it Samuel L. Jackson in every role? Surprisingly, it’s not Vincent from Pulp Fiction. It’s actually the Jew Hunter from Inglourious Basterds, a performance that won Christoph Waltz the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
While speaking at the Jerusalem Film Festival, Tarantino said, “[Hans] Landa is the best character I’ve ever written and maybe the best I ever will write. I didn’t realize [when I was first writing him] that he was a linguistic genius. He’s probably one of the only Nazis in history who could speak perfect Yiddish.” I bet that joke played well in Jerusalem.
Tarantino also gave himself some wiggle room after previously stating that he’ll probably retire after making his 10th film (The Hateful Eight was #8; Kill Bill only counts as one; The Rock, which he punched up the script for, doesn’t count at all). “I am planning to stop at 10 [films],” he revealed, “but at 75, I might decide I have another story to do.” As long as humans have feet, QT has stories left to tell.