While studying the music of famed German composer Richard Wagner, German actor Sabin Tambrea could not help but "learn to love" it too.
The handsome star explored the musician's works extensively while researching for his title role in the film Ludwig II (right), a historical drama about the 19th-century Bavarian king who was a devoted patron of Wagner's.
In an e-mail interview with Life!, the 29-year-old rising star says in German: "I studied Wagner's operas, and looked at passages of his opera Tristan And Isolde. Everything that you're looking for in terms of emotions, whether they are positive or negative, can all be felt through his music.
"I learnt to love the Wagner universe that had such a great attraction for Ludwig too."
His movie, which follows the life of the controversial king who was more interested in funding the arts than weaponry even though his country was about to go to war, opened the 17th German Film Festival on Thursday.
The film is helmed by directing duo Peter Sehr and Marie Noelle, the same team who collaborated on films such as romance dramas Obsession (1997), starring Daniel Craig, and Love The Hard Way (2001), starring Adrien Brody.
Tambrea says that working with two directors was "great", adding: "On every question I had about my role or the story, I got double information from them. It was a gift to get such a three-dimensional view on Ludwig."