Why Is Christoph Waltz Not Credited in Django?

Django Unchained is an American revisionist Western movie directed and written by Quentin Tarantino.

The movie stars Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, and Kerry Washington. 

It concentrates on the Antebellum South and the Old West and is a heavily revisionist and highly-stylized homage to Spaghetti Westerns, particularly the 1966 version by Sergio Corbucci.

The story is about a Black slave who falls under German bounty hunter Schultz’s wings to get back together with his lost spouse. 

The movie’s development started in 2007 when Quentin was working on a book about Corbucci.

In 2011, he sent the script’s draft to The Weinstein Company.

Casting started in the same year with Will Smith and Michael K. Williams among those considered to act as Django.

Photography took place from November to March the following year in Louisiana, California, and Wyoming. 

The movie’s premiere happened in New York City at the Ziegfeld Theatre in December 2012, and the release was on Christmas Day in the US.

Django Unchained grossed more than $425 million worldwide while its budget was $100 million. 

This article will concentrate on Christoph Waltz, or Dr. King Schultz, in the hit movie. 

Waltz is a German and Austrian actor born in 1956.

He has won various awards, including two British Academy Film Awards, two Academy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.

The superstar primarily lives in the US. 

The actor’s breakthrough role was when he acted in the 2009 hit movie Inglourious Basterds, which Quentin Tarantino also directed. 

He acted as SS officer Hans Landa.

The two worked together in 2012 in the Django Unchained movie.

For his performance in both movies, he earned a BAFTA Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival. 

Despite all the success that came with acting as Schultz in Django, many wonder why he was never credited. 

Django’s Plot

Schultz was a dentist-turned-bounty hunter who freed Django (Jamie Foxx) at the beginning of the movie.

He kills one of Django’s owners and leaves the other slaves to deal with the remaining slave owner as he and Django join forces to track down criminals and kill them.

They claim bounties on killed criminals and later decide to work together to help Django find his long-lost wife, Broomhilda (Kerry Washington). 

Django and Schultz learn about Broomhilda’s location and later arrive at Calvin Candie’s (Leonardo DiCaprio) property since he is Broomhilda’s new owner.

Schultz comes up with a plan to buy her without suspicion, but since nothing ever goes according to plan, Schultz ends up killing Candie, and a bodyguard ends up killing Schultz, leaving Django alone. 

Why He Was Not Credited

Christoph Waltz first turned down the offer to act as Schultz since he felt it was a reflection of his persona; thus, it would feel like he was showing the viewers his traits, making it less challenging. 

Quentin Tarantino was adamant since the two had worked together on the hit movie Inglourious Basterds, and Waltz agreed on the condition that the character would bear pure intentions and not act in an evil or negative role.

It seems like he avoided acting as a villain since, after his performance in Inglourious Basterds, he acted as a villain in Water For Elephants and The Green Hornet.

He also played one of the most notable villains in the James Bond Franchise when he acted as Blofeld in Spectre and No Time To Die.

He finally made the right decision by accepting the role since it made him win several awards, and many were pleased to see him as a friend and not a cold villain. 

It is not known whether the actor will work with Tarantino again, but many hope that it happens since they always come up with something special for their fans.