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Quotes by Christoph Waltz on truth, films, time, pride, books, character, culture, etc.

82 Great Quotes By Christoph Waltz

Famous As: Actor
Born On: October 4, 1956
Born In: Vienna, Austria

Recipient of two ‘Academy Awards,’ two ‘BAFTA Awards,’ two ‘Golden Globe Awards’ and two ‘Screen Actors Guild Awards,’ Christoph Waltz is an eminent Austrian actor and director. He gained prominence with his role in ‘Inglourious Basterds.’ He gained acclaim for his role in ‘Spectre.’ He earned his first ‘Primetime Emmy’ nomination for his performance in ‘Most Dangerous Game.’ Some of his other notable works include ‘Downsizing,’ ‘Carnage,’ ‘No Time To Die,’ ‘The Zero Theorem,’ and various others. Take a look at the famous quotes by Christoph Waltz on books, time, movies, actors, challenges, truth, reality, pride, hate, acting, voice, risk, culture, confidence, character, films and more.

What I liked so much while shooting [a movie], I might not like anymore when I see it or vice versa. The two are connected but not on a causal level.

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There are plenty of people over there who understand the difference. And there are plenty of people over here who understand the difference. It's still one world and it has been for a long time.

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One does not contradict the other.Straight-faced is the basis of all decent comedy.

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Mine is studying script and being very academic and trying to be important.

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I’m not really all that familiar with comic book culture.

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It's the economics, that's why opera is not dying but gets more and more difficult to put on.

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If the shoe fits, you must wear it.

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If I jumped into the cliché, everybody will have seen it before. If I stick to my ignorance a little bit, maybe, maybe it will turn out different. Or maybe a slightly new aspect to a comic book villain.

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I'm not into weapons. I'm not into cars. I'm not into explosions. I'm scared of all of that.

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I worked next to an elephant. And considering that she could step on your toes, it's a good idea to keep a certain distance. It's also a good idea to befriend the trainer.

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I had to learn how to drive a cement truck because there is a whole car chase with cement trucks, so I had to learn how to drive a cement truck. I don't like these things, but I'm not an idiot. I can do it.

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I guess there are no real strict rules [in comedy], but I just learn to apply my philosophy about comedy which is, it's a serious business and the result needs to be funny, not the process.

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I go with the most interesting thing that comes my way,I don't expect it to come from India to tell you the truth, but if it did, fine by me.

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I don't like to read novelizations of movies.

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Facts can be so misleading, where rumors, true or false, are often revealing.

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Effortless [performance] and improvisation are two different things. Just because it's improvised doesn't mean it's effortless and just because it's effortless doesn't necessarily mean it's improvised.

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You're always being cast for what you've been in last.

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You know, I don't support esoteric approaches to acting.

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You get hit over the knuckles enough, you don't stick them out anymore.

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You can't always do the extraordinary, in between you have to do the ordinary. Because if you didn't, what would constitute the extraordinary?

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When a new book comes out or becomes accessible in whatever form, I get it and I read it.

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Well, you need the villain. If you don't have a villain, the good guy can stay home.

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There is one thing I do miss in L.A. I love autumn.

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There is no such thing as pure art. It's a bourgeois conceit.

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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.

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The fact that Facebook presents facial recognition programmes as a desirable development, well, that in itself is a decisive step toward fascism, as far as I'm concerned.

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The bohemian artist who exists only for his art, it's a myth. OK, it might have been true for Giacometti, but it certainly wasn't for Picasso or Mozart.

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Ten flashing lights are a nuisance but 500 are fantastic.

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Stephen Sondheim I am in awe of.

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Sometimes I do stuff where people say, 'Why did you do that?' And you know, it's very simple. I do it because I've never done it before.

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My agent is the quickest, sharpest man on earth.

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It's easy to not feel misplaced if this tidal wave of appreciation is coming your way.

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It's a wonderful narrative device to bring someone from the outside and look through his eyes if you want to describe the absurdity and preposterous reality that is accepted amongst the ones who are inside.

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It's a misconception that you don't have seasons in southern California. They are just very subtle. The vegetation is very different. Plants react differently. You just have to be a little more observant.

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It would be completely laughable if I claimed I was always motivated by the pure craft of acting and that recognition doesn't play a part. Of course it does - that's human nature.

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It took me a lot of times watching it that I started to appreciate 'Pulp Fiction.'

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It bothers me that people who should know better believe a glossy magazine fantasy.

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I'm very bad with improvisation. I hate it.

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I'm trying to be very aware of not repeating myself.

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I'm open to working anywhere, but not on anything.

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I'm not really all that familiar with comic book culture.

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I wouldn't really, realistically speaking, know the difference between wearing an S.S. uniform and a U.S. Marine uniform. To me it's all a uniform.

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I used to hate exposure situations. What is generally referred to as 'red carpet.'

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I think Stephen Sondheim is a - and I hardly ever use this word - but this is as close as it gets to a genius.

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I think in Europe, movies are made like a commodity and then sold as art.

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I take praise as not just a reward and a result but also as the beginning of a new process.

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I only do what I like to do.

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I have always been so interested in film as a medium.

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I am almost neurotically private myself. Because I think it's an important distinction to make between privacy and public sphere.

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For a while, I couldn't decide whether or not I should pursue singing in the opera or acting. And I'm glad that I chose the latter because I wasn't a very good singer.

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Europeans still believe that working is for living. Americans often have that the other way around.

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Cary Grant is really the master of not taking himself so seriously.

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By looking into more details of American history, we can make more sense of what's happening today.

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Becoming an actor is like becoming a father. It's not hard to become one. Making a life of it is the challenge.

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As a motivation in itself, celebrity is foolhardy and stupid.

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'The Philadelphia Story' is one of my favorite movies.

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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.'

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Everything that happens later in life is appreciated in a different way. You can appreciate the thing for what it is, which you couldn't if you were 25 and had never experienced much else. You would take it all for granted and think that's what life is like.

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I know from my experience in theater that the crowd is different every night; the reactions, the tension. But it's true for film as well, going from country to country and culture to culture. The difference between California and New York responses, for example. It's really fascinating.

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I've always been able to work as an actor and support my family and did great jobs, and more often than not, I got to turn down jobs that I didn't really want to do for various reasons or refuse to work with people I didn't like - and there are quite a few.

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I've done so many jobs because I've had to, not because I've wanted to. And it's honourable to do a job because you need to feed your children, and maybe there is also something in it for your development as an actor. But only up to a point.

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It's not the number of trucks parked outside that make a movie interesting but if you have more money, you have more time. More time enables you to try out other possibilities or follow an interesting lead. I don't like indulgence, but to have more possibilities is always more interesting.

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Look at ISIS - without the Internet, they wouldn't exist in the same form. The Internet didn't create them, but the Internet facilitates them. And as we know from history, the facilitation is more dangerous than the cause, because the cause can be dealt with, but the facilitation is elusive.

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Our hubris needs to be downsized, thinking that profiteering on Earth, on whatever level - environmentally, economically, culturally - is unlimited and everybody should get as much as he wants or she wants. Humans need to be shrunk again to their actual size.

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Praise is nothing that accumulates. Praise is a sequence, especially if you've toiled for a long time. Praise does not pile up. So in a way, you can't get too much. I don't consider it to be a quantity that you can measure by volume.

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Something that is very special today might not be special tomorrow, but to hold it, to grasp it, to keep it, to make it special, to elevate it from the ordinary, that's when you open up the champagne. To make it sparkle.

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The actor is there to translate what's on the page onto the stage or the screen. So I find it important that an actor manages to actually get out of the way, vanish as a person behind the character, never to be seen or talked about again. That's my philosophy.

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The villain is usually the most interesting part. But it has to be a smart thing. Just dumb cliche villains with a Russian accent and big muscles and a mean face, I don't know. My Russian accent isn't that great, and the muscles aren't that big and the mean face is not enough. You know what I mean? It gets very boring. Tedious stuff.

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You know, I don't talk about the characters that I play. Years ago, I was a little timid about it and I kind of squirmed when I was asked, 'Could you tell us something about your character.' Now with a little self-confidence that comes with the grey beard, I just flatly refuse.

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You see, my version of why anyone would want to become an actor is that it's some psychological fixation, something that happened in puberty that you didn't outgrow in time, which is normal. Nevertheless, if you make it a profession, it can be really neurotic.

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A silly comedy needs a straight guy, and that guy needs to be as straight as possible. The moment you start playing straight you're not straight anymore, you're bent straight, so it really requires the usual serious, straight-forward analysis and research, looking into it and finding the dramatic function, all of what you do until you feel you've collected enough points to safely and securely play the part.

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Comedy is the result of what's happening, not what people are doing. Because if people are doing comedy. It's embarrassing. The individual elements have to be straight-faced, serious, realistic with a firm basis. What makes it comedy is a somewhat shifted way to put it together.

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For me, personally, there is one really interesting thing. You're all a bit too young for that, but when you get to a certain level of experience, accumulation of experience you start slowly to once in a while get a whiff of the feeling, I'd love to be twenty years younger but with what I know and have experienced at this point.

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I don't say things straight into the other person's face. I kind of like to make a joke or a remark and make it digestible or just give a little comment that voices my concern, but is not meant to be a critique, but just a comment so that he understands that I am thinking.

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I have my brain switched on and I might be thinking something else but we've come to an arrangement. That sort of play is maybe easier with someone who also thinks that way. But that is not necessarily a national thing, but maybe a little bit of a cultural thing.

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I have nothing to do with comics. I know nothing about comics. I am aware of the importance of comics, but they're not within my world. Not because I feel that I'm above it, but just that micro-surgery is not in my world either. Is that a deficit or is that an advantage?

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I'd sort of acquired somewhat more mature perspective on what my career is and I don't...not anymore...consider fame and fortune my career. I'm not a star. I'm an actor. So in a way, what I want to do as an actor, I would consider good for my career. Does that make sense?

Christoph Waltz

That's exactly what I'm driving at. 'Basterds' was interesting because it was, in a way, unfamiliar. I thought well, OK. Let's leave the comfort zone and just risk it. Why not? Because, exactly as you said, in a way, by taking that risk, I make up a little bit for my ignorance in the subject, or rather, the genre.

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There is quite an important director in Germany who I think in the early fifties over here, and then went back, and he said something that's absolutely true. And it's more important to repeat that today than it ever was. Not for you, but for us over there it is important. He said, 'In America they make movies like art, and sell it like commodities. We make make movies like commodities and sell them like art.'

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There's the beauty of the stage. I don't like filmed theater or opera because you're kind of playing soccer in a hockey game. Either or, they don't do justice to the media and you end up with a hybrid that is purely sensationalistic. Opera is a very theatrical medium that should be seen on a stage with the musicians in the pit in the audience.

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To be fair, on a good project, no matter whether it's improvised or scripted or meticulously prepared, or all up for grabs, it's always, always beyond the safety zone. Every project becomes interesting and exciting once you move beyond that routine. You always aspire to that. It's not that this improvisational mode is the only mode that facilitates that.

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What it really is and what I now have experienced is that, people who take enormous pride in what they're doing - not in their person - that their work ethos is as high as nowhere else.That they love their jobs, they love to do their jobs properly as best they can. And coupled with the financial umph, you know, you get decent results.

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