Til schweiger: this is how he feels about tearful scenes on set

Til schweiger: this is how he feels about tearful scenes on set

With "The Salvation of the World We Know," which will be released on 11. After several comedies, Til Schweiger returns to a more serious subject – bipolar disorder. And anyone who talks to the 57-year-old realizes that he's not actually the man for simple feel-good stories. Because his view of life is too much characterized by skepticism for that, even if he doesn't approach things with a positive basic attitude.

Mr. Schweiger, in your last directorial projects you were the comedy hero. In "Saving the world we know," you show your sad side again. Is that more difficult?

Til Schweiger: I would now answer flatly 'Yes'. You get more respect for playing sad and negative emotions. But it's much more difficult to make people laugh. To touch someone I just need a plot where two people die or that someone is bipolar like in our film. My theory is that most people have experienced more sad situations than positive ones. That's why there's a bigger pool of emotions, so they can identify with it more easily.

And how is it when you cry in front of the camera, which you do extensively here?

Schweiger: I don't make a psychodrama out of it. The make-up artist gives me two or three Kleenex, then I wipe my tears, take a deep breath and check the monitor to see if it was good. If not, I'll do it again. But when you're sad in private and you've cried a lot, you feel a little better because you've let it all out.

Whereas you are not playing the lead role, but the 25-year-old Emilio Sakraya, who is literally bursting with energy. Do you find yourself in it?

Schweiger: Very. But I was at a completely different point at his age. I was a late starter because I actually wanted to be a teacher. I didn't go to drama school until I was 22, and I was extremely insecure because they kept telling me how bad I was. Emilio has achieved so much at the same age and has been gifted with so many talents that I said to him: "The only one who can prevent you from having a world career is yourself. Be grateful and humble and accept that someone has meant well for you."

Someone obviously meant well with you, after all. Did you also just take it like that?

SchweigerI often struggled with it. I thought, I'm so lucky, I'm punished by fate for this.

Does that still apply today?

Schweiger: Fortunately, I have reduced that. But it took quite a while. I once told this to Heiner Lauterbach, who said: "You have to think the other way around. Tell yourself: I am very successful, but I was not born Tom Cruise, and he is much more successful than me." He didn't really mean it, but I understood what he meant.

Would you have liked to have a world career like that??

Schweiger: I never had these ambitions. I never set my sights too high and said to myself, 'This is not going to work out.' I once shot a film with in Romania. There was a rumor that he might win it, and before he flew there, I ask him how he's doing now. He replied: "Great, because I say to myself: I'm going to get this thing."I explained to him that I always think it won't work out. With that I can't fall so low. But he replied, "Til, I used to do that too, but then I realized: If I always tell myself it won't work, and it really doesn't work, then I was in a bad mood all the time. So I say to myself: I'll get that thing, and then I'll have at least one week of partying. Then when I don't get it, I'm sad. But I would also be sad if I had suffered the week before." That's perfect. That's how you have to do it.

Do you also?

Schweiger: I still don't succeed in this way.

Is there something that you say to yourself: I'll get that.

Schweiger: No, never. I just hope that I can come up with enough material and stories so that I can do what I enjoy most – making films – for quite a while.

In your film you have to deal with a lot of up-and-coming actors. What advice can you give to the younger generation?

Schweiger: For example, that they should work hard and develop their own material instead of waiting for the agent to call them. But the most important advice I have is: Envy does no good at all. This only radiates negative energy. I myself do not want to work with envious people. If you are not envious, you have much more positive energy. Because envy is only destructive and brings you nothing but bad feelings.

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