“Walter starts out as a sane, rational, charming individual. But at the end of the movie, he has become completely delusional,” says producer Lynette Howell. “He takes on a whole other level of madness. I don’t know a lot of actors who could play that character and that journey.”
Two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz nailed it in Big Eyes, Howell says, portraying a man who took credit for the famous big-eyed waif paintings by his wife, Margaret (Amy Adams).
“You have to understand that Margaret fell in love with this man. He charmed the pants off her. Walter was incredibly charming,” says Howell. “And that’s something Christoph has in spades. That’s why his characters are so complex.”
“Big Eyes” opens on Christmas Day.