Tribute: Christoph Waltz

There was a time when we were familiar with his distinctive face primarily from TV films. Then Quentin Tarantino, the master of eclecticism, discovered him for Hollywood. And now Christoph Waltz is a world-famous star. All too often, however, he is typecast in the role of a malicious villain of the worst ilk. The two-time Oscar winner (and recipient of more than 80 other awards) proved the high level of his acting skills with his ingeniously perfidious performance in INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS and as Dr. King Schultz, a role tailor-made for him, in DJANGO UNCHAINED. Waltz, who was born in 1956 into an Austro-German family of Burgtheater actors, received his training as a stage actor at the Max Reinhardt Seminar in Vienna and at the Lee Strasberg Theater & Film Institute in New York. His portrayal in KOPFSTAND of a recalcitrant young man, who is caught in the wheels of psychiatry, bears testimony to his talent and versatility in an equally impressive manner as his personification of the German pop singer Roy Black. With appearances in the fabulous films CARNAGE (as a cynical lawyer) and BIG EYES (as a self-marketing artist) he skillfully expanded his abruptly altered image as a bizarre pulp character. So why wasn’t he able to set these milestones earlier in his career? When you see the sensitive revolutionary in KOPFSTAND, you can probably guess why.