Mr Brühl became a star in his native Germany with the release of Good Bye, Lenin!before going on to secure international status with a role in Mr Quentin Tarantino’sInglourious Basterds as Fredrick Zoller, a young German sniper whose heroic exploits form the basis for a Nazi propaganda film. He was in Toronto with Mses Kate Beckinsale and Cara Delevingne for the premiere of Mr Michael Winterbottom’s new movie, The Face of an Angel. The 36-year-old Mr Brühl plays Thomas, a film-maker who travels to Italy to make a movie about the Amanda Knox murder case and finds himself at loggerheads with the press.
What attracted you to working on this project?
Well, firstly it was such an of-the-moment story – but working with Michael was a big draw, too. He’s such a prolific director, such a chameleon – he’s turned his hand to every genre of film and his body of work couldn’t be more diverse. I felt that I was almost playing his alter-ego in this film… Michael disagrees with this sentiment slightly, but I feel that there are elements of him in the character.
How many times have you been to Tiff?
It’s my third time… Of course, the ironic thing about visiting a film festival as an actor is that you’re so busy promoting that you rarely get time to see any film other than your own. That’s sadly the case here – I’ll be leaving tomorrow to start filming in London with Bradley Cooper. It’s a movie about a man who attempts to make the best restaurant in the world.
Being an actor must involve a lot of dressing up.
Oh, absolutely. I’ve been given so many beautiful clothes in the one that I’m currently filming. It’s all Burberry and Paul Smith – I love British designers. Suits, ties, shirts, shoes… I just want to keep every piece.
Have you ever been able to keep the clothes you’ve worn in a movie?
No, sadly not. I certainly wasn’t able to keep the outfit I wore in Inglourious Basterds – but that’s quite possibly not such a bad thing.
Do you have any cinematic style icons?
As I mentioned, I’m an Anglophile, so I’m inspired by guys such as Benedict Cumberbatch, and Tom Hiddleston. And of course, it was such a privilege to work with Cara [Delevingne] too; she’s such a huge style icon.