“There seems to be something about me that makes film-makers and the audience look at me and see a romantic. My friends, my girlfriend and my parents on the other hand know only too well that I can be a complete arsehole. But for some reason no one wants to see me like that in front of the camera.”


So the first time Niki called me was very early in the morning and he said, “Yes, I guess we have to meet now” (Brühl puts on his Lauda accent) and I said “Yes, that would be great,” and he said “Just bring hand luggage to Vienna.”

I went to Vienna with my little tiny handbag and after five minutes I felt better because I saw a smile on his face and I realized, “Okay, I think the guy likes me and likes the idea of me playing him.”