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Christoph Waltz: My success is deserved

Christoph Waltz always hesitates before accepting a role, even for the upcoming James Bond movie Spectre.

The 58-year-old actor may have been performing since the late 70s but only rose to prominence in the last few years after landing roles in movies such as Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained, both of which landed him best supporting actor Oscars.

Having worked so hard to achieve this level of fame, Christoph is happy to reap the benefits of his star status.

"I do feel I can say - without smugness - that this feels good. I am entitled," he told Britain's GQ magazine on the topic of achieving success later in his career. "I am entitled to judge the situation and say that yes: it feels good, and that yes, I agree with you. I feel like I served my time. I feel I have paid [my dues]."

He recently landed possibly his biggest role to date; villain Oberhauser in the upcoming James Bond film Spectre. It sees other newcomers such as Dave Bautista and Monica Bellucci join Daniel Craig's 007 as he dives into his past to uncover a menacing organisation.

While it may be the job of a lifetime, Christoph still had his doubts.

"I did, yes. I always hesitate... You ask yourself, hang on: what James Bond are we talking about?" he explained. "The thing about Spectre is that it is not the work of hack writers. It does not have a hack director. The actors are not hams. The action sequences in Mexico are extravagant to say the least. The scenes in Austria are traditional Bond action in the snow. These films with Daniel Craig have shifted the tone. They don't depend on a set formula that forces actors simply to go through the motions."

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