This past Sunday, Christoph Waltz walked away with a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role as a Jew-hating Nazi in Inglourious Basterds. According to Deadline Hollywood he’s decided to leave a promising role in an upcoming film that would have had him playing one of the most influential Jewish men in history, Sigmund Freud.
Waltz was set to star in director David Cronenberg’s biopic, The Talking Cure. The shoot was scheduled to start in May and was expected to last for 10 weeks but the actor dropped out so now it’s uncertain. Waltz has been replaced by the ridiculously talented Viggo Mortensen, who will star in the film about “the conflict between Freud and his pupil Jung.” Many thought that Waltz’ absence would kill the production but luckily for the director, Mortensen signed on at the last minute.
Mortensen has worked with Croenenberg before on the films, Easter Promises and A History of Violence, so they already have an established professional relationship. While he plays Freud, Michael Fassbender will star as Jung, and Keira Knightley as Sabina, a disturbed young woman brought to see Jung by her father. Both Jung and Sabina will embark on a torrid affair, which will cause for the actors to take part in plenty of “spirited sex” scenes.
I’m not sure what that means, but if their sex scenes are anything like the ones in A History of Violence, no thanks.
What do you think of Mortensen replacing Waltz? Do you think it was the right decision for him to leave the film?