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Quentin Tarantino Admits Christoph Waltz’s Hans Landa Was His Finest Creation

Film making supremo Quentin Tarantino this week received a lifetime achievement award for his contribution to the industry at the Jerusalem Film Festival.

“I’ve never given a man a blowjob, but at that moment, at that time, if anyone deserved it, it was him.”

His acceptance speech wasn’t all just about him though. Tarantino took some time to reflect on his illustrious career, how many movies he’ll make before he calls it quits and why he credits Christoph Waltz‘s character of Hans Landa from Inglourious Basterds as his finest creation ever.

Speaking about the dialogue for Christoph Waltz’s sadistically cunning Hans Landa, Tarantino admitted that Landa was the best character he’s written and “maybe the best I ever will write”.

“I didn’t realise [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.”

This speaks volumes for the immense talent that Waltz possessed as Tarantino was at the time after someone who could speak multiple languages with the sharp deliverance which Tarantino scripts often demand.

“You have to know my dialogue backwards and forwards,” he said. “Anything else and I could fire you and start again because you’re just disrespecting me. I am paying them to say my dialogue. That is their job. I like my actors, but I love my characters.”

More specifically, Tarantino added that he didn’t want “a Dutch guy” or a “Swedish guy” playing the German Nazis.

“I wanted Germans playing Germans, speaking German…I wanted every country to represent their own team, more or less.”

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Short of pulling the entire film due to the lack of talent available to play Landa to his standard, Tarantino gave himself a one week deadline before he’d scrap the project.

“I was getting worried. Unless I found the perfect Landa, I was going to pull the movie,” he said.

“I was literally emotionally preparing myself to pull the plug. Then Christoph Waltz came in and it was obvious that he was the guy; he could do everything. He was amazing, he gave us our movie back.”

“I’ve never given a man a blowjob, but at that moment, at that time, if anyone deserved it, it was him.”

And how many films does Tarantino have left in the chamber before he calls it a day?

“I am planning to stop at 10 [films], but at 75 I might decide I have another story to do.”

For those not counting at home, that’s two more Tarantino films left – until at least seventy-five.

[via Variety]

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