If turning up early to a party is the best way to call the tunes, Christoph Waltz did not get the memo. It is only a decade since the actor, epicurean and acerbic philosopher won his big break at the age of 53, but he is now surveying Hollywood from the summit. And as NICK SCOTT finds, before the latest global pandemic struck, his worldview is unique.
Burgundy silk and wool single-breasted suit, Ermenegildo Zegna; teal brushed cotton shirt and red and silver diamond tie, both Emma Willis; green silk pocket-square, Budd Shirtmakers; brown cotton socks, London Sock Company; burgundy leather shoes, George Cleverley. L.U.C 1937 Classic watch from the L.U.C collection featuring a white dial with roman numerals, COSC-certified chronometer set in stainless steel on a black alligator strap, Chopard.

It’s common knowledge that Orson Welles, during the making of the 1950 action flick The Black Rose, insisted on a mink-fur lining for his character’s coat, despite the fact that it would never appear on celluloid. Rumour also has it that George Clooney, during the filming of Alfonso Cuarón’s out-of-this-world sci-fi thriller Gravity, insisted on a slice of California being created outside his trailer on the set in Surrey — landscaped garden, basketball court, hot tub, and custom-made beach hut and all.

So we were naturally unfazed when a two-time Academy Award-winning actor with a well-documented appreciation of all things oenological asked for a bottle of Pauillac Château Lafite Rothschild 1er Cru 2010 (“or similar”) to be on site for his photoshoot with The Rake. “I thought, like a smart Alec, that I was making a sophisticated joke about how the so-called talent can go a little overboard with the perks,” laughs Christoph Waltz as we embark on the interview some days later. “They’d asked me if I had any special requests — drink or food — and they gave me this fabulous bottle of wine, and I was so embarrassed. Embarrassed but flattered.”




April 2020


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