There are few, if any, directors who have given birth to as many fascinating characters as legendary director Quentin Tarantino.
Take a moment to think of your favourite. Maybe Vincent Vega in Pulp Fiction? The Bride in Kill Bill, perhaps? Or what about Blonde in Reservoir Dogs? It’s almost impossible to choose a stand-out character from Tarantino’s phenomenal 30-year career.
However, the man himself has a favourite from his many iconic characters, and it may come as a surprise to many film fans.
The 53-year-old has revealed that Landa from Inglourious Basterds, played by the outstanding Christoph Waltz, is the best of the bunch.
He told Screen Daily:
Landa is the best character I’ve ever 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.
Tarantino was actually on the verge of pulling the film because he couldn’t find an actor talented enough to play Landa. That was until Waltz blew everyone away at the last minute in his audition.
I wanted Germans, playing Germans, speaking German. I was getting to be kinda worried. Unless I found the perfect Landa, I didn’t want to make the movie.
It was just obvious he was the guy. He could do everything we wanted. He was just amazing. We were ecstatic when he finished. We were just vomiting all over him: ‘Oh my god, you were amazing, you were fantastic. Oh my god. Thank you, thank you, thank you.’
Who’s your favourite Tarantino character? I think I’m going to sit on the fence with this one…