Daniel Brühl at film premiere
“So I was showing off and telling him about movies that could be a reference to the movie he wanted to make, and he said, "Yeah, yeah. That's great. But I'm sure you know this other film that's much better." I was drinking white wine and basically lying, like, "Yeah ... Of course!" [laughs] Then, at the audition, I was again lying because he didn't have the French version of the script yet, but he knew he wanted to shoot my scenes in French. I said, "That's not a problem. I can translate it right away." But my French, as you know, is not that good, so I mixed all the words that I didn't know in French and said them in Spanish because I knew, you know, the Americans, they wouldn't— [They can't tell the difference.] Yeah. So it was a mixture of French and Spanish—and it worked.”
―Daniel Brühl on how he got the role [1]

Daniel César Martín Brühl (German: [bʀyːl] born 16 June 1978) is a Spanish-born German actor. He was introduced to mainstream US audiences in the role of Frederick Zoller, a German war hero in Quentin Tarantino's 2009 film Inglourious Basterds and in a minor role in The Bourne Ultimatum. He became more famous as Niki Lauda in Rush (2013) and as Zemo in Captain America: Civil War (2016).

Daniel Brühl dubbed himself for the Spanish version of the film.

Daniel Brühl was offered the roles of Major Dieter Hellstrom or Staff Sergeant Wilhelm Wicki before being cast as Private First Class Fredrick Zoller.


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