Christoph Waltz Threatened by Man during Interview
Christoph Waltz, the Academy Award winning actor was shaken and upset Friday night after a male intruder pointed a gun at him while Waltz was being interview on live TV, threatening to blow the studio up with a grenade.
Waltz has won Oscars for his roles in two movies directed by Quentin Tarantino. He was being interviewed on a live program in France with Daniel Auteuil, another actor, when shots could be heard.
Video of the incident later showed the audience running away panicked, as security personnel rushed over to the two actors and whisked them off stage.
Waltz said afterwards that he feared for his life for a few moments. He said a man took out a gun, which he believed was a pistol and fired it, but luckily, the gun only had blanks. The man, said Waltz, started to shout that he was carrying a grenade, but that was a lie, as authorities later discovered there was no real grenade.
Waltz said police took the man into custody, but it was unknown who he was where he was from and why he acted the way, he did.
When the police arrested the man, they found he had a knife and a dummy grenade. Witnesses said bodyguards for the actors jumped over barriers to grab their clients as well as leaped on top of the man.
Waltz won supporting actor Academy Awards for Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained. Both he and Auteuil are serving on the jury at the Cannes Film Festival.