【Not a bad guy】―「The Star Online」より

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久しぶりに英語版のインタビュー記事を見た気がします(私が知らないだけかも?)
既に聞いたことのある内容も多いのですが、初めて聞く内容もありますね。




ハリウッドで、ヨーロッパ時代の活動経歴とか無視された事とか、
やはり「戦場のピアニスト」が転機の一つになったこととか、
なんか、トーマスさんの苦労の影とかが少し偲ばれます。
現在の活動についてとか・・・。
私は、トーマスさんのセリフも出番も多い役が見たいですよ(号泣)007.gif
「Wanted」のCrossはセリフがないのかなぁ?悲しいなぁ。
トーマスさんの声、好きなんだけどなぁ。

建築関係の趣味にそこまで入れ込んでるとは知りませんでした。
気晴らし程度の軽い趣味かと思った。
あと、撮影中、モーガン・フリーマンのプチ追っかけと化していたってのが笑える。
ねぇ、トーマスさん?ファン心理を、少しは理解してもらえたかしら?
ついね、知りたくなるし、見ていたくなるものなんですよ。ファンって。

"自分次第、限界を作っちゃいけないよ"的な事を言ってるところが、
負けん気が強くて、なんかトーマスさんらしい。
勇気あるなぁ。
外国に住む。そこで働く。
とても大変な事だと思いますよ。凄いなぁ。

それと、どこでもHomeと思えるのであれば、日本に別荘はいかがでしょうか?
東京23区のぶっちゃけ私のアパートの近所とかどうよ?
近場でマンション建築中よ!治安は良いほうよ!
お勧めするわよ!

あー、あと笑ったのが、タイで見つけた100kgもある仏像の頭の話。
そんな大きな仏像の頭が庭に転がってたら怖いよ!!(笑)
池があって鯉飼ってるとか、なんか凄いなぁ。
お庭見せて欲しいなぁ。

私が昔住んでた家には、小さな小さな本当に小さな池があって、メダカを飼っていたのですが、
よちよち歩きだった私は、そこに頭から落ちた事があるそうです。
父親が慌てて私の足を掴んで引っ張り出したそうな。
良かった、死ななくて。

えーと、ともかく、何だかんだ言いながら、来年も映画は目白押しだし、
ドイツのお仕事もして下さっているので、しばらく私を楽しませてくれることでしょう。
きっと。多分。どうかお願い。


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Monday July 7, 2008
【Not a bad guy】 By GORDON KHO
German-born Thomas Kretschmann enjoys being a citizen of the world and acting in Hollywood where he feels the sky is the limit.

Thomas Kretschmann should write a memoir of his life. And then sell it to Hallmark channel because his life sure sounds like a good idea for a TV-movie.

Born in East Germany in 1962, Kretschmann joined the national swimming team when he was just 10 years old.
Thomas Kretschmann: ‘My big passion is design – you know, building houses and doing interiors.’

“I trained and swam something like 20km a day,” said Kretschmann, during a promo event for the action-packed film Wanted in Los Angeles last month.

“So, while other boys my age were chasing girls, I was in the water.”

He quit the team at 18 but had no clue what he wanted to do with his life. One thing’s for sure – Kretschmann wanted to escape the East German regime.

With a measly sum of money, he trekked through Hungary, Yugoslavia, Austria and finally reached West Berlin where he received political asylum. However, during the escape, Kretschmann lost part of a finger due to frostbite but luckily, it was surgically reattached.

So much drama ? which probably prepared him for a career in acting. Being in front of the camera, however, wasn’t a prospect Kretschmann relished.

“My big passion is design – you know, building houses and doing interiors. I had a couple of friends who were actors and since I didn’t know what to do at that time, I enrolled into acting school and they took me in right away. I thought, ‘Oh acting is easy so I will stick to this until I know what I want to do with my life.’”

The acting bug must have bitten Kretschmann hard because that’s what he has been doing ever since. He acted in numerous films in Europe before crossing over to America. Like many European actors, Kretschmann encountered some problems when he started out in Hollywood.
Kretschmann stars as the villain Cross, in Wanted.

“Of course I had a hard time in the beginning because they don’t care what you have done in Europe. Europe is not a factor for them. And I understand from the business point of view that you have to prove yourself first,” the 45-year-old actor said.

And prove himself he did. After taking up smaller roles in U-571 and Blade II, Kretschmann was handpicked by Roman Polanski to star in The Pianist. It was after his performance in that film as Captain Wilm Hosenfeld that Hollywood started to notice this German actor. For that, he is indebted to Polanski. “Since The Pianist, I feel like I have been accepted by Hollywood.”

In his new film, Wanted, Kretschmann stars as Cross, a gun-toting villain who is out to kill his nemesis’s son, Wesley Gibson. Directed by Timur Bekmambetov, Wanted – which is based on a graphic novel – also stars James McAvoy, Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman.

He was clearly excited about his latest movie at this exclusive interview at The Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.

“I usually do dramatic stuff. So, I feel lucky that I am offered a role in this cool action film. What is there not to like about being the best killer in the world and being hunted by Angelina Jolie?” he said.

While exchanging punches and bullets with Jolie in the film might seem fun, the highlight for Kretschmann was watching his idol, Freeman, work.

“I have never (formally) met Morgan Freeman. Never shook his hand. Never had a scene with him. But I would always sneak into the set when he was shooting and watch him. Fun for me is watching other colleagues work.”

Though he only has, roughly, five lines in the movie, Kretschmann wasn’t bothered one bit. He loves the fact that his dialogue was kept to the minimum. For this actor, less (lines) is more.

“I would like to call that a specialty of mine. Even with films where I had a lot of dialogue, I try to cut as much out as possible. Anything that I can act out without words, I prefer. So in that sense, Cross is the ultimate role for me,” said Kretschmann, who has also starred in Next with Nicolas Cage, King Kong with Naomi Watts and will be seen alongside Tom Cruise in Valkyrie later this year.

With roles pouring in from Hollywood as well as Europe, acting has taken most of Kretschmann’s time.

But he hasn’t forgotten his first passion – architecture.

“I built the house that I live in now,” revealed Kretschmann, who is married with three children, proudly.

He went on to describe the design of his house, which is influenced by the Bauhaus buildings in his childhood hometown of Dessau. “I like clear structures and lines and I am very influenced by the Bauhaus style but I do not like the coldness of it.”

To counter that problem, Kretschmann decorates his place with knick-knacks he finds around the world – from Moroccan cupboards to the 100kg head of a Buddha which he found in Thailand (“It is now at my yard sitting in the pond where the koi fishes are”).

He explained his design concept: “My home is a big mix of the world. And it makes sense for me because I have finally become a citizen of the world. I don’t like to be seen as a German because I feel home everywhere.”

Surely there must be perks being one of the few successful German actors in Hollywood?

Kretschmann agreed: “Of course, as a German living in Hollywood, I am the perfect person to be cast as the Nazi in the movies. However, I have been working hard trying not to be type cast (as a villain). But let’s face it, if it’s a good part, I will accept the role even if it is of a villain!”

Then he quickly added: “I did play the role of Pope John Paul (in the 2005 miniseries, Have No Fear: The Life Of Pope John Paul II)! So, in the end, it is really up to you. This is what I like best about America. The sky’s the limit.”

And Thomas Kretschmann – the ex-swimmer, architect-wannabe who almost lost a finger while escaping the communist regime – has definitely come a long way.


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