Christoph Waltz says he’s not playing Bond villain Blofeld: is he fibbing?

Christoph Waltz

Christoph Waltz covers the May issue of British GQ to promote his role in Spectre. He’s such a sharp-dressed man! You can see the rest of the shoot here, and it’s pretty amazing. Waltz can pull off the shoot’s styling whereas other actors would look ridiculous. I’ve never seen him look less than impeccable (whether he’s wearing a suit or jeans). Even when he’s pseudo-grumpily eating a hamburger, the dude has style.

This interview isn’t groundbreaking, but there are glimpses of Waltz’s whimsical ways. He’s got a lovely personality although most of his Hollywood roles have been villains. GQ even calls him “the coolest Bond villain ever.” That may be true, we’ll see. (I still have a soft spot for Le Chiffre, the villain played by Mads Mikkelsen.) Everyone reckons that Waltz will play the classic Bond villain named Blofeld, but Waltz says that isn’t true. He also talks about the rewards of being a late acting bloomer:

On hesitating before accepting a Bond villain: “I did, yes. I always hesitate … You ask yourself, hang on: what James Bond are we talking about? The thing about Spectre is that it is not the work of hack writers. It does not have a hack director. The actors are not hams. The action sequences in Mexico are extravagant to say the least. The scenes in Austria are traditional Bond action in the snow. These films with Daniel Craig have shifted the tone. They don’t depend on a set formula that forces actors simply to go through the motions.”

Is he playing Blofeld “That is absolutely untrue. That rumour started on the Internet, and the Internet is a pest. The name of my character is Franz Oberhauser.”

Can a blockbuster fulfill an artist? “A James Bond film can be artistically fulfilling. Absolutely it can. It can be complex and it can be interesting. I consider Bond movies to be an extension of popular theatre, a kind of modern mythology. You see the same sort of action in Punch and Judy, or in the folk theatre of various cultures, like Grand Guignol.”

On being a late bloomer: “I do feel I can say – without smugness – that this feels good. I am entitled. I am entitled to judge the situation and say that yes: it feels good, and that yes, I agree with you. I feel like I served my time. I feel I have paid [my dues].”

[From British GQ]

Waltz, 58, really is a late bloomer. He worked regularly (for three decades) in Europe before making his big Quentin Tarantino breakthrough. In Cannes, QT famously thanked Waltz for saving his movie; and Waltz thanked him for saving his career. Two Oscars followed, and he’s enjoyed plenty of commercial success in other movies. Waltz seems truly grateful for his success, and you never hear anything bad about the guy. He seems a little prickly over the internet, but I suspect he was joking.

Is Waltz playing Blofeld or not? IMDb credits him under the Franz Oberhauser character, which has been detailed in Bond-inclusive wikis. Franz is believed to be “a leading figure in the SPECTRE criminal organisation.” Moviepilot isn’t buying it. They point out how all of the clips and trailers so far have teased Waltz in an “extremely ‘Blofeld-esque’ manner.” Actors have fibbed before about secretive blockbuster roles. Marion Cotillard insisted she wasn’t playing Talia al Ghul in The Dark Knight Rises, which was a lie. I don’t see why Waltz wouldn’t be playing Blofeld. Making Spectre without the head of the titular organization would be a waste.

Christoph Waltz

Christoph Waltz

Christoph Waltz

Photos courtesy of British GQ & WENN

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  1. GlimmerBunny says:

    The foxiest Silver Fox of them all. Can’t wait to see him in Spectre!

  2. Buckwild says:

    Love this guy. He made Inglorious Basterds something special and stole every scene he was in. Hope he continues to get good roles!!

  3. Loulou says:

    He’s twice my age, but CW is my ultimate crush!

    PS. Google images for young Christoph Waltz.

  4. manatee says:

    Indeed he is Mr. Congeniality and absolutely unique

  5. Goats on the Roof says:

    I just love this guy. I think I’d watch him in almost anything.

  6. Kiki says:

    This is what I want from people in the entertainment industry, especially actors. Just be yourself, greatful and most of have every huge amount of humility.

    It is hard to do, especially in Hollywood but being humble is the best quality anyone can have.

  7. jen2 says:

    Who cares what role he is playing. He will most likely be the best thing in the film. He always is. I also think he does a great job when he does promotion. He is funny and grateful for the chances he has gotten. And since he is not a young brat, he is always classy and I have never seen him show “attitude” or arrogance or take himself too seriously.

  8. insomniac says:

    I like him a lot. I believe him about Blofeld about as much as I believed Benedict Cumberbatch wasn’t going to play Khan in “Star Trek: Into Darkness.”

  9. Nerdmomma says:

    Yum. We should have daily posts of Christoph! I just adore him

  10. Blackbetty says:

    He’s great at bad guys. Can’t wait!

  11. Red32 says:

    I believe they also said Miss Moneypenny wasn’t going to be in Skyfall.

  12. Tiffany says:

    He was the only reason I watched the Green Hornet. And I totally believe he is playing Blomfeld.

  13. Lucy says:

    He seems like a such a lovely man, I almost feel bad for absolutely despising most of the characters he has played (not because they were bad characters, obviously).

  14. VirgiliaCoriolanus says:

    Lol, Mads Mikkelsen as Le Chiffre was crazy, weirdly, GROSSLY (remembering how sweaty and desperate he was at the end) sexy.

  15. Size Does Matter says:

    Not that you asked, but I’d totally hit it. Wait, how tall is he?

  16. Yeses says:

    When I think of the word “suave” he comes to mind…so stylish, so self assured, so sexy, the accent and the enunciation..whew ..ok I need to calm down now.

  17. AntiSocialButterfly says:

    He makes me weak in the knees. The header photo just does not do him justice. Sigh.

  18. Scootypuffjr says:

    Hot damn, he is sexy. I’ve had it bad for him since I saw Inglourious Basterds. I’ve also had it bad for Eli Roth, aka the Bear Jew. Mmm, boys.

  19. Nance says:

    Maybe they don’t own the right for Blofeld, I read that somewhere I think.

  20. Lurker says:

    Oberhauser is a Bond character from the books – he’s Bond’s ski instructor/mentor/second dad. He’s killed in the books and Bond goes after the killers.

  21. siri says:

    I’m surprised that many women seem to find him sexy, I don’t. To me, he comes over rather smug. I also don’t think he’s that good an actor. The way he portrays his characters in Django Unchained and Inglorious Basterds is basically the same. Perhaps also partly because of Tarantino’s way of writing. But I’ve also seen other movies with him, like Carnage, and somehow, he’s always the same, and more or less himself. IMO, he’s a good technician, but lacks soul.