Daniel Bruhl caught gossiping about Winterbottom's film

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 12 September 2014
Daniel Bruhl

Daniel Bruhl

Daniel Bruhl has admitted to gossiping about 'The Face of An Angel' director, Michael Winterbottom after insulting his film in German to co-star Kate Beckinsale

Daniel Bruhl got caught criticising 'The Face of An Angel' director Michael Winterbottom in an embarrassing on-set slip up.

The 36-year-old actor was caught gossiping in German about the movie - which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last week (06.09.14) - whilst he was rehearsing scenes with his co-star Kate Beckinsale in front of the film director who, unbeknownst to Daniel, spoke the language perfectly.

Talking to the Daily Mail newspaper, Daniel confessed: "We'd shoot a scene and I'd look at Kate and start chatting away in German. She speaks French and Russian too, but we figured we could gossip about Michael and what we thought of the film in German because he wouldn't have any idea what we were talking about.

"We'd say things like, 'Oh, this scene doesn't make sense!' Or, 'What the hell was that about? Do you understand anything you're saying?'

"We'd be exaggerating it, laughing and joking and being a bit silly, but in German. We were both wired up by the sound guys and whatever we said could be heard, so we settled on German as a 'safe' language.

"Three weeks into filming, Michael suddenly made a comment in perfect German and at that point we realised he'd had us from the very beginning at 'Guten Tag'."

However, the actor insists Winterbottom didn't get offended by their comments and everyone was able to have a good laugh about their error.

Bruhl - who has also appeared in the movies 'Rush' and 'Inglourious Basterds' - said: "We felt very stupid but it was also very funny."

The Face of an Angel

  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • UK / Italy / Spain
  • 1h 40min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Michael Winterbottom
  • Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Daniel Brühl, Cara Delevingne
  • UK release: 27 March 2015

Thomas (Brühl), a slightly washed-up filmmaker, arrives in Italy to cover a lurid murder story (loosely based by Winterbottom on the case of Meredith Kercher) but gets distracted. It’s very good on the rapacious media coverage, less so when Thomas becomes obsessed with Dante and starts hallucinating; ultimately, a mixed…

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