Hape Kerkeling (54) made the first steps as a comedian in a cardigan with a leopard pattern and a red red lipstick. With her disgrace as a neighbor, Mrs Kolossa, he left the family to laugh like a child.
Since Christmas, the movie of its bestseller "The boy must go in fresh air" (over one million copies) about the childhood in the Ruhrgebiet in the 70s in the cinema. The eight-year-old Hape is played by Julius Weckauf (11).
With his parents Bernd and Simone and his siblings Nils (20) and Lena (23) he lives near Mönchengladbach. Last Thursday, Julius was eleven. He goes to fifth grade at the high school. His favorite subject: sports. His hobbies: skateboarding and swimming. And even for "wittyness," he doesn't know any boundaries, for example, when he returns the class clown to school.
"Actually, I'm notorious for music everywhere, but because I'm talking so much, I've only got two from the teachers," he tells BILD am SONNTAG in one of his first interviews.
Also in the mother and father's stationary Weckauf near Mönchengladbach he makes jokes when he sits there on the counter and parades the customers. When several of them told their parents that the Kerkeling movie was going to be shot, the family went to Wuppertal for a casting. There, Julius overheard 5000 candidates – even though he never made a movie.
He wasn't even on stage for a school play! "I really wanted the role. But I was still relaxed," he said. "When it worked, I couldn't believe it."
He personally met the real Hape before you shot. Until then he only knew Horst Schlämmer, Julius has considered a real person. What was it like to meet the man who is under the helper and oversight?
"Horst Schlämmer is the joke person, Hape is human. It is quite normal," says Julius. "More common than many others. He doesn't care, it's great. "Tip? Gab is from Kerkeling in advance no. Julius:" We talked about other things. "
From the shooting of the star comedian also kept conscious. He thought to be biased in this very personal story. But he praised Julius incredibly: "He's smart, he's smart, he's charming, he's funny, he's also disciplined and very gifted. Everything comes together in this one child – truly amazing."
July 11, 2017, during the summer holidays, shooting began (until mid-September) under the leadership of Oscar winner Caroline Link ("No place in Africa"). Even in Spain holiday, the family has been exposed to it. Julius: "It was worth it!" The best thing about shooting for him? "The food! During the shootings there were always duplicates and watermelon. In some scenes I was allowed to eat cream cake. He was also good."
But the film also tells the daring moments of Kerkeling's childhood: He developed the comedy as a boy, especially because he wanted to have his mother (Luise Heyer, 33) laugh. She suffered from depression, decided in 1973 for suicide. How does a nine-year-old play such scenes, even though his parents were in sets and media educators, looked after him?
"Oh, that was fine. Caroline Link explained everything to me," says Julius. He wonders, "adults come to the store now and say how good I did. How real it looks. All I have to do is read some texts. "Especially he must laugh when he gets compliments for the scenes where he is going to cry in front of the camera:" All I got was salt water on my eyes, so it looks like tears. And if that wasn't enough, Brause was sprayed in my eyes. It burned incredibly. "
He didn't have to sign autographs at the schoolyard yet. But classmates think it's cool, says Julius. Only those movie posters are hanging throughout the city, which he is quite big to see, he finds "funny. Somehow abnormal". He says: "The second day I was in the cinema and there was a trailer of & # 39; The boy must go to the fresh air." When they went out, people looked at me as if they could not believe it. "
But staring? The children's actor is far from it: "I'm not sure what it is. That I am horny? No! I would never get clothes from Gucci or Louis Vuitton because I think it's stingy." Instead, Julius bought his own greenhouse from his fee: "With automatic windows," he says. "In the summer I harvested 200 to 300 tomatoes." In fact, he wanted to become a farmer as his grandfather.
"But now I definitely want to be an actor," he says. And the next movie he has already turned off during the fall holidays: In Udo Lindenberg's biography "Do your thing!" He is in 2019 as Clemi, a sandbox friend of today's panic rooks, to see.