Friday, March 19, 2010

Christoph Waltz is "Up, Up and Away" as Helmer of German Rom-Com

Photo credit: Todd Wawrychuk / ©A.M.P.A.S.

From Nazi Col. Hans Landa to movie director, Oscar winner Christoph Waltz will soon make his feature filmmaking debut, stepping behind the cameras in Fox International Productions’ German-language Up, Up and Away.

The 53-year-old actor, who was born in Austria and lives in London and Berlin, says he had considered making Up, Up and Away years ago. “But I never had time to do something else” besides acting, Waltz says.

Waltz, who co-wrote the film’s script and may play a supporting role in the romantic comedy, previously has directed for German television. The German movie audience is the fifth biggest in the world.

Before he makes the Fox movie, loosely adapted from Meike Winnemuth and Peter Praschl’s novel “Auf und Davon,” Waltz will appear in December’s The Green Hornet. He is set to star in Water for Elephants, which goes into production this summer. Afterwards he is choosing among three different acting roles which means he may not direct the German film until 2011.

Up, Up and Away is set in and around a dating game show. Through a series of events, the woman who runs and hosts the show must confront her callous feelings about romance, which place a greater emphasis on its marketability than emotion. “When you make feelings a commodity, it’s not a feeling anymore,” Waltz says.

Waltz says he hopes to be an easy director for his cast. “I want to be the kind of director that I as an actor would want to work with,” he says.

Even though there’s a part for him in the film, he’s still uncertain about directing himself. “I think it will be physically hard to be on both sides of the camera.”

Up, Up and Away. . . UberBingo!

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Source: LA Times

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