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Walk of Fame star honour for Waltz

Quentin Tarantino has hailed Christoph Waltz as a "master thespian" as the Austrian double Oscar winner unveiled his star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood.

The actor, who has received Academy Awards for both his roles in Tarantino movies, was overwhelmed by the accolade he never imagined he would receive.

Speaking after he unveiled his star in the pavement in front of Musso & Frank Grill, the oldest restaurant in Hollywood, he said: "That really is the moment when you realise it's not put on, it's put in, and that is the difference.

"We could walk over it but it will be still there. Usually when you are walked over you are a little offended or injured but this is fixed in the ground and it is wonderful."

He added: "Once only in your life can it happen, if it happens at all. I don't need to pinch myself because I can come back and look at it."

Quentin, who directed Christoph to Oscar glory in both Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained, stood by his side as he received the honour.

Addressing the crowd before the unveiling he said: "The story of how Christoph got the part in Inglourious Basterds has turned into one of those stories of how the right actor in the right role at the right time can change someone's life.

"There is a reality that 20 years ago a lot of things that have come to Christoph would have been unimaginable and that was how it was.

"He was an actor in Germany doing very fine work, as there are actors in Mexico doing their thing for the Mexican film industry and actors in Italy doing theirs, and they never expect to be getting stars on the Walk of Fame or Oscars or even being invited to the Hollywood party.

"While he doesn't take any of these things that seriously - he is a very much "the play is the thing" kind of guy - this can't help but have his heart swell with pride and tickle his funnybone at the same time."

He added: "On one hand he's a master thespian but on the other hand he's a tool box actor, he does his work unadorned. He takes his toolbox and goes to the next role and builds it from scratch."

Addressing the crowd after Quentin, Christoph said: "My heart is not just a little bit throbbing with pride, it's bursting. This is something that I, as the guy from Vienna, never would have dreamt about in my wildest dreams."

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