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Christoph Waltz to play the good guy in the gritty thriller True Crimes

Jun. 7, 2013by: Alex Maidy

Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz has been lauded twice by the Academy, once for playing a good guy and the other for being a villain. Waltz seems to have the ability to play both and I am still not quite sure which I prefer. His next project may be another chance at an Oscar and it would be for playing a hero.

The Hollywood Reporter has Waltz taking the lead in the film TRUE CRIMES, potentially for director Roman Polanski. Here's the synopsis:

Adapted from David Granns 2008 New Yorker feature, the story involves the case of Krystian Bala, a Polish writer who was convicted of murder in 2007. The murder for which he was convicted had been a cold case, baffling the Polish police for years, and had been called a perfect crime. Bala, never a suspect in the case, attracted attention when he published a novel that detailed a murder very much like the one that was frustrating the police.

The article the film is based on was written by David Grann, the New Yorker writer who wrote the phenomenal books THE LOST CITY OF Z and THE DEVIL AND SHERLOCK HOLMES. All of his stories are true but read like the best novels you could imagine. Any of the short articles in THE DEVIL AND SHERLOCK HOLMES would make a great film. (Note: TRUE CRIMES does not appear in that collection)

Waltz would play police officer Jacek Wroblewski who reopens the case and gets drawn into the seedy underworld of Polish sex trafficking. The story is being compared to THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO in terms of tone and subject matter. It would be interesting to see Waltz take on a starring role like this for a director as talented as Polanski. TRUE CRIMES will be produced by Brett Ratner, but don't hold that against him.

There is no date for TRUE CRIMES, but as with every project Christoph Waltz joins, it instantly becomes a must watch.

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8:36PM on 06/07/2013

Waltz, I love you as an actor. You have amazing talent. But..

I can't support this film if Polanski directs. I can't support a film directed by a child rapist. This should never be forgotten and it absolutely sickens me that he is still given the opportunity to work with great actors such as yourself.
I can't support this film if Polanski directs. I can't support a film directed by a child rapist. This should never be forgotten and it absolutely sickens me that he is still given the opportunity to work with great actors such as yourself.
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5:57PM on 06/07/2013
It's awesome to see Christoph getting so much work-he deserves it. I'd like to see him, however, take on roles other than ones that are German, Polish, or European in general. I want to see him try something way out of his comfort zone. But he's an amazing talent, and I'll watch him do just about anything, including a 3 hour documentary about tying shoes.
It's awesome to see Christoph getting so much work-he deserves it. I'd like to see him, however, take on roles other than ones that are German, Polish, or European in general. I want to see him try something way out of his comfort zone. But he's an amazing talent, and I'll watch him do just about anything, including a 3 hour documentary about tying shoes.
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5:39PM on 06/07/2013
I am a huge fan of Christoph Waltz, but if Roman Polanski directs this I won't watch I can't support the films of someone who sexually assaulted a 13 year old.
I am a huge fan of Christoph Waltz, but if Roman Polanski directs this I won't watch I can't support the films of someone who sexually assaulted a 13 year old.
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5:57PM on 06/07/2013
This is true.
This is true.
6:00PM on 06/07/2013
The Pianist is one of my favorite films of all time, and there really isn't anything that can change that or morally reconcile that fact.
The Pianist is one of my favorite films of all time, and there really isn't anything that can change that or morally reconcile that fact.
5:28AM on 06/08/2013
@TheWalrus, and its all good watching a Lars Von Trier movie knowing fully-well the man is a Nazi, no?
@TheWalrus, and its all good watching a Lars Von Trier movie knowing fully-well the man is a Nazi, no?
12:35AM on 06/09/2013
Keep your shirt on, ActionFan. I never mentioned Von Trier. Let's not get carried away here.
Keep your shirt on, ActionFan. I never mentioned Von Trier. Let's not get carried away here.
4:18AM on 06/09/2013
I was using him as an example. Polanski hasn't paid for his crime to date and thats what's disturbing.
I was using him as an example. Polanski hasn't paid for his crime to date and thats what's disturbing.
4:56PM on 06/07/2013
Anything that he stars in is a automatic must watch.
Anything that he stars in is a automatic must watch.
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5:18AM on 06/08/2013
With the exception of The Green Hornet, right?
With the exception of The Green Hornet, right?
4:51PM on 06/07/2013
Good, bad...Waltz's just one of the most damn entertaining actors in the business today.
Good, bad...Waltz's just one of the most damn entertaining actors in the business today.
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