Oscar Winner Christoph Waltz Rushed Offstage Amid Gunfire at Cannes
Christoph Waltz (API/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES)
The "Django Unchained" star was being interviewed on the live TV talk show "Le Grand Journal," an entertainment program that broadcasts from Martinez Beach every day during the Cannes Film Festival, when a man in the audience took out a gun and fired two shots.
"Luckily they [were] blanks," Waltz told Showbiz411.com exclusively. "We thought maybe it was a joke or something to do with Occupy Cannes. I think he was just crazy. They wrestled him to the ground but then he yelled, 'I have a grenade!' That did it."
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Waltz — who was ushered offstage — said the man seemed to be shooting in the direction of actor Daniel Auteil, but it was random.
"I had a very good bodyguard who moved fast and got me out of there," said Waltz.
Fortunately, no one was injured in the incident, according to The Hollywood Reporter, and police took one individual into custody.
The scene of the incident in Cannes (Twitter)
Canal Plus, which broadcasts the show, tweeted in French: "incident near @GrdJournal is over, everyone is OK, #LGJ will be back on in just a few moments."
Waltz was apparently not too shaken as he was still able to attend an all-star dinner later at the Hotel du Cap hosted by publisher and filmmaker Charles Finch.
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