Django Star Christoph Waltz Runs As Gunman Makes Threats, Points Gun At Him, Fires Shots

Posted By Urban News Hour | May 18, 2013

Django Unchained star Waltz was left fearing for his life as shots interrupted the interview before the deranged man threatened to blow up the set with a hand grenade.

Panicking spectators and crew scurried for cover as security guards rushed Waltz and fellow actor Daniel Auteuil off stage.

Armed police then wrestled the suspected gunman to the ground and detained him.

Only after the drama had unfolded did officers discovered the shots had been fired from a starter’s pistol.

They also recovered a pocket knife and dummy plastic grenade at the scene.

Speaking after the dramatic incident, Academy Award winner Waltz said: “I was on a panel at the Studio Canal platform off the beach when a man produced a gun.

“I think it was a pistol and he fired but luckily for me they were blanks.

“Then he shouted he had a grenade and again luckily for me there was no grenade.

“The police have him. They tackled him to the ground.

The Cannes festival jury member, who also starred in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, added: “I don’t know who he was or where he came from or what his problem was.”

Witness Arthur Laiguesse said: “The bodyguards jumped over the barriers into the crowd and pulled him to the ground.

“The police arrived and told everyone to run because there was a grenade in his hand.”

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