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Daniel Brühl Talks Formula 1 Star Niki Lauda, 'Rush' and 'The Fifth Estate' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

by Anne Thompson
November 23, 2013 2:08 PM
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Daniel Bruhl
Daniel Bruhl

Meet another master of accents.


Spanish/German star Daniel Brühl not only co-starred with Benedict Cumberbatch in "The Fifth Estate," the opening night film at September's Toronto International FIlm Festival, but with Chris Hemsworth in another international story based on real people, "Rush," directed by Ron Howard. When "Rush" debuted in Toronto, also grabbing a round of applause was the man Brühl was playing, legendary Formula 1 racer Niki Lauda, his face still scarred by a near-fatal 1976 racing crash.

Niki Lauda and Daniel Bruhl
Niki Lauda and Daniel Bruhl

In “The Fifth Estate” Brühl plays Berliner Daniel Domscheit-Berg, who falls under the sway of Australian WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Bill Condon's timely and ambitious portrait of the many ways that the Internet has changed the way information--even classified documents-- has boosted Brühl's profile stateside, where he is best known for his role as a Nazi hero in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" and a supporting role in "The Bourne Ultimatum."  

But "Rush," written by Peter Morgan (Howard's "Frost/Nixon") and produced by Imagine and Working Title, could make Brühl a star, especially if he nabs awards attention for his portrait of the fiercely competitive Austrian Formula 1 driver. In fact a supporting actor nomination and possibly such tech nominations as makeup, sound and VFX (a very competitive category) are the film's best Oscar shots at this point. The well-reviewed movie could get a boost from critics groups; it topped out at $43 million worldwide.

Brühl leaned on Lauda for advice on how to make his portrayal ring true. See my flipcam interview below.


  • Roddy Karp | November 25, 2013 12:44 PMReply

    It's something special if you can steal a movie from damn Thor. I'd put my money down on him for best supporting this year.

  • maja | September 15, 2013 11:46 AMReply

    But since they were together in the 5th estate, maybe Benedict can give some advice to Daniel regarding how to make an interesting interview that keeps people listening

  • maja | September 15, 2013 11:43 AMReply

    TOO BAD that Benedict Cumberbatch was not in this movie.

  • maja | September 15, 2013 11:42 AMReply

    Was Benedict Cumberbatch just walking by now? In the middle of the interview, wearing the atrocious grey suit?

  • maja | September 15, 2013 11:40 AMReply

    Was that Benedict Cumberbatch walking by the window at the beginning of the interview?

  • Katja | September 15, 2013 3:02 AMReply

    Great interview! You just gotta like Daniel. But I'd love to see him play a real baddy/psycho some day, just to see if he really is the brilliant actor he seems to be.

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