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Christoph Waltz: Life Threatened As Gunshots Fired In Cannes

Sat, May 18, 2013 9:06am EDT by 5 Comments
Cannes Shooting

Christoph thought he was about to die on May 17 when a crazed man pointed a gun in his face and threatened to blow up the TV set where he was being interviewed with a grenade during the Cannes Film Festival.

Probably the last thing actors expect when giving an interview is that they will have to worry about saving their own lives. But several stars were put in that very position at the Cannes Film Festival on May 17 when a man began firing a pistol into the air.

Christoph Waltz & Others Flee Cannes Shooting

The French TV station Canal+ was interviewing Christoph Waltz and French actor Auteuil live when a man standing extremely close to the set sent two shots into the air. “Bodyguards jumped over the barriers into the crowd and pulled him to the ground,” an eyewitness says. “The police arrived and told everyone to run because there was a grenade in his hand.”

Giving his own account, Christoph revealed that the crazed shooter had actually pointed the gun at him. “I was on a panel at the Studio Canal platform off the beach when a man produced a gun,” he told Mail Online. “I think it was a pistol and he fired but luckily for me they were blanks.” For those seconds — which probably felt like hours — Christoph feared for his life, he admitted.

Christoph and Auteuil were led off stage to safety while police apprehended the shooter. The grenade in question was actually a fake thankfully, though the shooter was also carrying a knife.

Cannes Film Festival Shooter: Just ‘A Crazy Guy?’

No one knows exactly why this man came to disrupt the film festival with a gun without any bullets and a dummy grenade. “It really appears to be a crazy guy,” a police source told Reuters.

You know the saying in Hollywood: “The show must go on.” So after the police had controlled the situation, Christoph and Auteuil returned to the TV set and finished their segment.

What a scary moment though — we’re just thrilled that everyone’s okay!

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