Quentin Tarantino is a filmmaker known for, among many things, creating memorable characters. From Mr. Blonde in Reservoir Dogs to the Bride in Kill Bill, Tarantino has been supplying audiences with iconic cinematic heroes and villains for well over two decades now. Considering everyone has their own favorite Tarantino character, it hardly comes as a surprise that Tarantino has his own as well.

While accepting a lifetime achievement award at the Jerusalem Film Festival recently, he turned his attention to the many characters he’s crafted over the years, revealing that his personal favorite is the villainous Nazi Colonel Hans Landa from Inglorious Basterds, a role that earned actor Christoph Waltz an Academy Award.

“Landa is the best character I’ve written and maybe the best I ever will write,” Tarantino told those in attendance. “I didn’t realize [when I was first writing him] that he was a linguistic genius. He’s probably one of the only Nazis in history who could speak perfect Yiddish.” [via Screen Daily]

Landa is easily the most memorable character in all of Inglorious Basterds and that’s not by accident. According to Tarantino, Landa is so important to the film that he nearly scrapped the entire thing when he couldn’t find the right actor for the part.

” I was getting worried,” Tarantino admits. “Unless I found the perfect Landa, I was going to pull the movie. I gave myself one more week and then I was going to pull the plug. Then Christoph Waltz came in and it was obvious that he was the guy; he could do everything. He was amazing, he gave us our movie back.”

While it may seem a bit mad to throw out an entire film production just because of one character, we can’t imagine a world where Inglorious Basterds doesn’t have scenes like this:

(Source: Entertainment Weekly)