Christoph Waltz

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Christoph Waltz as Walter Keane in “Big Eyes” (2014)

First look: Christoph Waltz as Walter Keane & Amy Adams as Margaret Keane in Tim Burton’s “BIG EYES

Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz in Tim Burton’s Big Eyes (2014)

Christoph Waltz in “Das Finale” (1998)
Casting the Picture

Right from the outset, Gilliam was well aware that with such an idiosyncratic script, it was necessary to select carefully perfect actors for their roles. In the end, the director successfully assembled an eclectic cast for the project. As Nicolas Chartier explains, “One wonderful thing about Terry is that great actors want to work with him.” During pre-production, Gilliam expressed delight on the casting of Austrian actor Christoph Waltz as Qohen Leth. The casting of Waltz was crucial to the project said Gilliam, because “there is no car-chase, nor a shootout - none of those things you can fall back upon to keep a film going. It’s about the acting. And as an actor Christoph is amazing. He’s hypnotic and wonderfully watchable.” Gilliam credits Waltz as providing major input into the direction of the film. Gilliam explains, “Christoph is Qohen and he is - in many ways - the determining factor of how we deal with certain scenes and ideas. He has to lead.” An example of this was when Christoph suggested a track/zoom shot. Gilliam adds, “We ended up spending an hour doing it, and it was worth it. The effect is quite appropriate to that particular moment. Christoph is just phenomenal. He’s never off screen, and it’s an astonishing performance, quite unlike anything we’ve seen him do before. It’s wonderful, he’s incredibly vulnerable.”


Christoph was fun, he’d never done animation before and he wondered why we didn’t have a boom microphone. Cause he wanted to move around and get away from the podium.  So we got a guy with a boom from the union and he followed Christoph around.  He also insisted on doing all his scenes through, so I would find myself playing against him. I read my line and I’d look up and expect to see him looking at his podium, but instead he’d be in character, burning a hole in my head with his gaze. - Chris Wedge, Epic’s Director

Christoph Waltz attends the opening night of Monty Python Live (Mostly) on July 1, 2014 in London, England.

Christoph Waltz attends the opening night of Monty Python Live (Mostly) on July 1, 2014 in London, England.


Christoph at an airport. Plane bound for London. (pic taken via Instagram)