Til Schweiger takes flight in 'The Red Baron'

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The Red Baron chronicles the WWI heroics of Baron Manfred Von Richthofen, the infamous "Red Baron." Directed by German Nikolai Muellerschoen and filmed in English, the Red Baron opens in Toronto March 12th. I recently caught up with one of the movie’s stars, Til Schweiger, who we recently saw playing the good German in Quentin Tarantino's Oscar-winning Inglourious Basterds.

I’d like to get your take on the fact that The Red Baron, a German film about a German WWI hero, was filmed in English.

Til SchweigerSince I wasn’t a producer on the film — I was only an actor — I think they shot the film in English with the hopes of reaching a wider market.

I guess working on Inglourious Basterds with Quentin Tarantino would have given you a different perspective on how realistic characters can be portrayed. For example, authenticity in the languages used by the characters.

I think, now, this is a new time — after Inglourious Basterds I can’t imagine people going back to where everybody speaks one language in a film. And I think he did something a little revolutionary. He said before shooting, and I'm paraphrasing, “I hope that I can help change the way people make movies in the future — where Italians speak Italian, Brits speak British and American speak American. Unless they talk to each other and they both know a common language i.e. English. But among themselves, they should talk in their native language.” I think now, if you do this, like in the olden days with all characters speaking with bad English accents, it will seem stupid.

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