On December 27 he will be eleven. As a birthday gift begins with "The boy must go in fresh air" his first movie in the cinema: In the autobiographical adaptation Julius Weckauf constituted the young Hape Kerkeling. Many already prophesy an equally great career.
It is not necessarily the place to expect children. We have an appointment for an interview with Julius Weckauf at the exclusive "Atlantic Ocean" hotel in Essen (D). Everywhere there are posters with a big face on Julius. His father Bernd Weckauf sits next to him, visibly proud of his gifted son. Julius sees himself back. You can tell that the interview situation is new to him. "I almost can't believe it," he says. "Sometimes I think: I hope I don't wake up and realize that everything was just a nice dream."
Julius Weckauf debuted with well-known actors such as Joachim Król, Sönke Möhring and Ursula Werner. Childhood is told by Hape Kerkeling. The viewer testifies of the relocation of the family from country to grandmother, who had a merchant in Recklinghausen, and learns how the bulky Hape is plagued at school because of his overweight and how he classmates, the customers in the shop and his celebrating family with the parodies of famous singers and actors make you laugh. Or how her mother loses her willingness to live after an operation and gets depressed – Hape does everything possible to cheer her up with a little joke. And what about the actress of the young Kerkeling – what happens to an eleven year old who is already in the limelight? We asked Julius Weckauf.
You play in the movie "The boy must go in fresh air" the young Hape Kerkeling. You didn't even know the famous comedian before the shooting, but his epic role Horst Schlämmer. What do you like about this character?
I actually thought he always looks like this. He is rude and dry and has allowed everything, so I always found him good.
When you knew you would get the role, you watched movies, videos of Hape Kerkeling, or did you read his books as the movie "The Boy Must Have Fresh Air: My Childhood and Me"?
I did it only after the shooting, and then I just watched Horst-Schlämmer videos. My favorite scenes: Horst Schlämmer wants to buy a car, it's very fun. Or Horst Schlämmer in McDrive.
Your classmates will surely envy you because you were allowed to experience Hape Kerkeling up close. He visited you during the movie on the set and during a shooting with you for fun some dancing on the floor. He is said to have told you that you are fun, charming, smart, disciplined and very gifted. Now you can return compliments to him: With what five adjectives would you describe the private Hape Kerkeling?
He is nice, personable, down to earth, reserved – and open to everyone.
Where do you see parallels or differences between you and Hape?
I don't really see many differences between us, I think we are pretty much the same. Of course, he didn't have such a nice childhood because his mother died.
You look like Hape and eat as much as he likes crumb. Another thing in common: Hape's grandmother Änne had a mom and pop shop, da parent also has a business. You run a stationery shop in your village. Hape Kerkeling has always seen and imitated people in the store. Do you do that too?
Sure. I don't mimic them, but I like to talk to customers and I like to listen to them. But there are some who make me think, "Stop talking!" We live in the village and there are some people who like to tell a lot.
Parents of your parents immediately thought of you when they heard about casting on the radio. Fortunately, you really got the role of 5,000 boys. Sorry to sacrifice your summer vacation for 45 days of shooting?
Not a second, because I had a lot of fun. We actually laughed at the shooting all the time.
Do you want to describe yourself as a class clown? How do you make people laugh?
No idea. Somehow, you're always laughing at me about things that aren't so funny. Sometimes I say things that make me think, "Come on, I get a laugh with it!" And then the whole toy laughs suddenly again. Sometimes, for example, about teacher jokes – some childish jokes about which I can't even laugh. It's like books: I don't read the children's books anymore, but always those of my sister. Otherwise there is no excitement for me in there.
What does an ordinary day by Julius Weckauf look like?
I usually get up at six, so I dress, eat breakfast. At seven o'clock I go to the bus stop after saying good-bye to dad and mom. Then I drive to the school by bus. I am allowed to use my cell phone on the bus, but not after school. When I get home at noon, I do homework before I eat lunch. After that I see if I can arrange, walk around the track with my dog and longboard, or play something with my friends. I usually watch tv for about an hour before mom and dad come up from the store. We have dinner together, toast or something, and look at the science show "Galileo". And then I'm already laying down.
You are already a small movie star and have already shot another movie after the Hape-Kerkeling movie: "Lindenberg! Do your thing! "This is about the rock musician Udo Lindenberg's life. What do you pay for your fees? For sweets?
In no way for sweets! From my first fee I bought a greenhouse. This is now up on the roof terrace. And there I often plant something, in the summer, such as bananas. I'm looking forward to spring, now in winter you can't plant so much there. The rest of the fees are in my account. But I'm not allowed to do it until I'm 18 or so. Or at some point I want something very much.
Talking about wishes: It's Christmas. How do you celebrate?
First of all it is a normal day when I get up in the morning. But at lunchtime I can hardly stand the thrill. At four or five we go to the grandmother who lives nearby. There are always many gifts. We unpack it. Our essence is with the whole family. In the evening we are back to Hause. Then lie still gifts under the Weihnachtsbaum. Those packages are also all out and about, even if a game is playing – everything is going to be a must. Incidentally, we are in bed. Undaunting celebration where you are at Grandma and Grandpa, the only bitches away from home. A lot of gifts are still out there. We came to the roof so we still had fun and brought gifts to us.
You enjoy yourself during your Christmas holidays. Were you alone in the Switzerland in Urlaub?
No, then I was still not.
Almost as soon as you have been honest, you have heard, seen or read. What do you do with your neighbor?
Dicke Villen. No idea, associated with the Swiss and why are they, who have more money.
"The Junge Must In That Fresh Air" started on Tuesday, December 25, in our Kinos.
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