"I always tried to really put what I have at my disposal into what I do, because that’s why I do it. And increasingly so I saw that… no body cares. They’re not interested in what I have. Yeah they used it, y’know they said - one of the executives, TV executives in Germany said ‘yeah well [sigh] you can use him for quirky minor parts’ and that hurt. Because I was really not just years and years and years and years but my whole… Everything I put in what I do. So I tried to get my own stuff together, started writing, started directing movies falling apart, but for the same reason ‘why would he direct, he can make a living as an actor’ - literally I heard that. And I lost faith. I didn’t lose my pig-headedness but I lost faith. And all of a sudden, y’know, Quentin plucks me out of that and puts me in exactly the context that I always wanted to be in. And all of a sudden I had the feeling that yeah what I’m after and what I have to offer is actually welcome."
— Christoph Waltz on his life before Quentin Tarantino