Daniel Bruhl receives rave reviews for Rush

Daniel Bruhl receives rave reviews for Rush
Cinema still: Rush starring Daniel Bruhl

WHO'S THAT GUY?

His full name is Daniel Cesar Martin Bruhl Gonzalez Domingo. Thankfully, the half-Spanish, half-German actor is going by a shorter moniker.

WHERE YOU'VE SEEN HIM

You might have caught a glimpse of the 35-year-old in The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), where he played the brother of Franka Potente's character.

But he has Quentin Tarantino to thank for his Hollywood introduction. Bruhl was the lovelorn Nazi sniper Fredrick Zoller, the star of war film Inglourious Basterds (2009).

WHY HIM

His boy-next-door looks make him appealing to Hollywood film-makers. He's also a multilinguist - he speaks German, Spanish, English, French and Catalan - which should open doors in the European market too.

WHAT'S NEW

Bruhl's receiving rave reviews for his performance in Rush, where he plays legendary Austrian Formula One racer Niki Lauda.

The Ron Howard-directed biopic, which opens here today, dramatises the rivalry between no-nonsense champion Lauda and his womanising nemesis, Britain's James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth).

The story focuses on the iconic race in 1976 Germany, where Lauda had the near-fatal crash that left him disfigured. Come Nov 14, Bruhl will share the screen with Benedict Cumberbatch in the WikiLeaks drama The Fifth Estate, where he plays Daniel Domscheit-Berg, Julian Assange's former right-hand man.

QUOTED

On playing Niki Lauda "If given the choice between James and Niki, I would have always chosen Niki. Maybe because I grew up in Germany and he was always an icon to us. He's closer to me and my background and mentality than James Hunt. At the same time, he's very different from me - I'm a bit more diplomatic."

On co-star Chris Hemsworth "We have very good chemistry. He's a very likeable guy, super-laid-back Australian surfer kind of guy. So we were very different too, culturally and physically. He comes from a different world of movies, but there was also mutual interest and curiosity."

On moving to Hollywood "My girlfriend (model Felicitas Rombold) and I dream of moving to New York for a year or two because we just love the city. I would take some acting classes."


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