Jackie Chan is a communist

The liar

Actually, he always liked to pretend. Made up lies. He talked himself into illnesses before schoolwork until you could really see them. Played dead as a child to shock mom. Or pretended that the brother was a drug addict. There were slaps in the face every time. But the bigger they turned out, the better. Because that only showed that his "portrayal" was really convincing.

Actually, Daniel Brähl still looks like a big child; with his somewhat chubby face, the good hairstyle and the lovely look. Can someone like that really lie down to bend the beams? He can. And puts it in his new film "Good bye Lenin!" proof again. His film mother (Katrin Sass) is a firm but weak-hearted communist who falls into a coma shortly before the fall of the Berlin Wall and wakes up shortly before reunification. And because she mustn't get upset under any circumstances, her son pretends that the GDR still exists. All the long-awaited western gates, clothes, furniture, delicacies - all of that must go again. And the prefab apartment mutates into a real socialist museum. So again Daniel Brähl serves up stories for his mother. Only this time, just for them Not to scare. And he doesn't get any slaps for it either.

The 24-year-old has long been used to other confirmations for his art of representation: the Max Ophüls Prize. New Faces Award. Bavarian film award. German film award. And now the Shooting Star Award. In one week at the Berlinale, he will be recognized as one of 20 young European talents and presented to the world press. That could be the springboard for an international career. The actor has dreamed of this for a long time. Especially in Spain he would like to "do something". Because he was born in Barcelona, ​​where he learned to walk and speak. Bilingual, that was what my mama wanted. He has more relatives in Spain than in Germany. His brother lives there too. And he himself would like to have a second mainstay: "Jessica is now doing a language course. I find that very touching."

Jessica, that is Jessica Schwarz, ex-Viva presenter, whom he met and fell in love with while filming "Nothing Regret". Much to the director's annoyance: The two of them don't get together in the film, but they were always together during the shoot and could hardly be separated. Jessica and Daniel got engaged afterwards. And both moved to Berlin, near Kollwitzplatz. "Great area, crazy city." And much nicer than Cologne, "because there are many more old, preserved corners".

Even if he's new to Berlin, he has already learned a lot about the city, its history and its contrasts. Of course, he said, "Good bye Lenin!" helped a lot. Though he never thought he would get the part. "Wolfgang is such a fetishist for authenticity. Of course, he first looked in the East." Daniel Brühl doesn't know why the script ended up with him after all. But he was convincing - also "the Wolfgang", that is, director Wolfgang Becker. Perhaps precisely because he was so far away.

Brühl is clearly a child of the west. Grown up in Cologne. In a "genuinely media-infected family". The papa, Hanno: a television director. Who was not at all enthusiastic about the acting dreams of the son at first. The uncle: a radio director. He used it in a radio play when he was eight years old; because Jung-Dani could read so well. This should soon improve his pocket money in the long term; and finally there was also voice acting. Just three years ago he lent his voice to a gentleman who, from a physiognomic point of view, does not fit him at all: action star Jackie Chan (in three very early films that were re-recorded for the video market).

A colleague on the radio advised him to hire an agent. And already he was in his first TV movie. And in his second. Soon the first movie came out, "Schlaraffenland" next to Franka Potente. And then things happened in quick succession, with three films in the past year alone: ​​"No Regret", "The White Noise", "Vaya con dios". And he was able to prove his comic talent as a singing monastery brother as well as his dramatic subject as a schizophrenic. Once, in 1999 for "Hin und weg", he even shot with his father. "I had a lot of quirks and wanted to back off just before shooting." But papa didn't treat him like a son, but like an actor. And so it went.

The son is now better known than the father. And so asked that he wants to make himself a little rarer. Especially because of the "price hail": "I am very afraid that in a few years people will no longer feel like me." That is why the young mime chooses his projects very carefully. Nonetheless, he enjoys the popularity, which he openly admits: "As an actor, you are a little bit on it." And it's not like "that there are pimply, 13-year-old girls standing on the doorstep all the time". Not yet. But the people on the street are already looking. Even in Spain: even if they are German tourists. Will that change as a European Shooting Star? After all: Brühl recently shot with Thule Lindhardt, the Danish shooting star 2000. Without this award, he would probably not have got the part in the German production. . .

This year's Shooting Stars will be presented on February 9, right before the premiere of "Good bye Lenin!" Two events in a row. Brühl has a bit of a whack again. Before the Berlinale starts, he flies away again briefly to switch off. To Spain. With Jessica.