Waltz is such a talented and charming actor that he even made audiences overlook the fact he was playing a horrific Nazi in WWII Europe who hunted down runaway Jews and sent them to concentration camps. His well-deserved Oscar win for Inglourious Basterds was a coming out party for the
actor and after that the floodgates just opened with more offers.
Water For Elephants, Big Eyes, Horrible Bosses 2 and yes, even The Green Hornet solidified him as a above-the-title bad guy that you could take to the bank. Naturally when it was announced Waltz was tapped as the newest Bond villain in Spectre, audiences were psyched.
It may have taken 30 years for the talented Austrian actor to break-through in the US but he’s here now and Hollywood is much better as a result.