Christoph Waltz has won two Academy Awards, for roles directly commenting on Nazi Germany and American slavery.
He also stars in the raunchy comedy Horrible Bosses 2, the sequel to the smash hit 2011 comedy about three working class antiheroes played by Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day, who turn to crime to resolve their problems with their day jobs.
Do you see a discrepancy there? Because Christoph Waltz sure doesn’t.
In Horrible Bosses 2, Waltz plays Bert Hanson, a tycoon who swindles the heroes of the original film out of their American Dream. So naturally, they plan to kidnap Hanson’s son Rex, played by Chris Pine. Although the film is a broad comedy involving sex, violence and lousy southern accents, Waltz only took on the role because he found something deeper in the narrative.
ComingSoon.net sat down with Christoph Waltz to discuss the deeper meaning of Horrible Bosses 2 and why he normally isn’t a fan of this kind of comedy.
Christoph Waltz: What’s that on your wrist?
ComingSoon.net: Oh, I was at the AFI Premiere of Inherent Vice, and this let me get in.
CS: No, it was the other day. [Starts taking off the wristband…]
CS: I leave it on because it makes me look cool.
CS: I do. It makes people think I go to cool parties.
CS: I did. Have you seen it yet?
CS: It’s fantastic. Are you Paul Thomas Anderson fan?
CS: It’s so cool that you like to watch the development. I think that’s something that a lot of people at home find increasingly fascinating. That’s all new stories are, a lot of time, is watching how things develop…
CS: Are you a fan of this particular kind of comedy [Horrible Bosses 2]?
CS: Interesting. “Not at all?”
CS: That’s good…
I love the fact that all these really interesting aspects of our society, if you want, politically, socially, culturally, they’re all wrapped wonderfully in beautiful, colorful, glittery, silly paper. So I think, “Oh look, what have I got here? That’s so lovely. That’s so enjoyable.”And then, as a cultural experience so to say, which it is…I think I really admire the achievement to transport very difficult topics, very relevant topics. Wrap ‘em, serve ‘em digestibly, and you as an audience get your money’s worth whatever level you want to perceive it on.
CS: If you just want a laugh, that’s fine, but why not deliver something…?
CS: I feel like the function of comedy, and even just the way that comedy works, is you place something in front of people and you prevent them from getting it in some way. Here it’s interesting, because getting it is often just as simple as selling out. Whether it’s selling out your business or selling out your marriage. Like, a LOT of the problems in this movie could be solved by just sleeping with Jennifer Aniston.
CS: I was like, “How hard is this? Just do it, man!” But Charlie Day has got his marriage. That’s actually kind of sweet.
CS: It’s interesting because you represent an “other” in certain ways. Your character is just kind of a jerk on some levels, you represent a force so that the audience can go, “Yeah, screw that guy! I want to see that guy’s uppance come.” But then it comes a little too hard, if you ask me…
CS: You want to call them out? On the record?
CS: That’s a very shocking statement, but in a way…
CS: Kind of, yeah.
CS: I could imagine you being drawn to it because maybe you thought it was funny. Do you ever approach a role just because you think it would be fun?
CS: I loved your performance in The Green Hornet.
CS: I thought the movie was really, really fun.
CS: That’s exactly what I mean. You expressed an interesting aspect of a culture here, which is people who are not young or hip or have great PR people, having to change and become younger in order to survive. That was a very interesting dynamic, I thought.
CS: The villain with a mid-life crisis I thought was very interesting.
CS: I understand if you can’t talk about it, but I’m excited that you’re in a new Tarzan movie. The old Johnny Weismuller movies are my favorites. Do you approach Tarzan with that level of thinking? There’s a lot to be talked about…
CS: Is that exhausting after a while?
CS: That’s okay?
CS: Doesn’t it occasionally get to be easy?
CS: When you’re working in the industry, do you ever come across people who don’t look at it that seriously?
CS: Does that cause friction?
CS: An axiom?
CS: What do other people bring to the process, for you? It seems like you’ve got so much of your part in it, and also the greater context, thought out.
CS: So you were always on script?
CS: That’s interesting.
Horrible Bosses 2 arrives in theaters on November 26, 2014.
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