A new Samsung commercial running during the Olympics features Christoph Waltz, the Austrian actor who rose from obscurity in his fifties to win the Academy Award for his portrayal of the SS colonel Hans Landa in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds.” Many critics called his performance the greatest portrayal of a villain in cinematic history.
Fans of the film will recall how at the end Landa negotiates his surrender with the Allies, demanding, among other things, a home on Nantucket.
In the Samsung commercial, Waltz enacts a dozen scenarios depicting various aspects of American culture. In the final scene, he’s all prepped out in boat shoes, D-ring belt, polo shirt and sweater draped over his shoulders.
The house may not be on Nantucket, but it comes with a wholesome-looking family — and quintessentially American clothes. — CC