When it comes to villainy, Waltz is always pitch perfect

December 22, 2014 3:36 PM

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"The most cruel dictators are usually, in private, quite charming people," purrs Christoph Waltz in that gloriously precise, Oscar-winning Austrian accent. Not that he'd know. He's not met any, or played a dictator in a movie - yet. But give him time.

In just a couple of years, Waltz has become the cinema's go-to villain. Quentin Tarantino unleashed him on the world with "Inglourious Basterds," for which Waltz won an Oscar. Then "Django Unchained" earned him another. He smiled to hide a violent streak in "Water for Elephants," grinned and stabbed...

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