Til Schweiger on Tina Ruland
He raves about the ‘Manta, Manta’ co-star
“Manta, Manta 2” is in preparation. When they first met in the early 90s, Til Schweiger felt that only Tina Ruland could be his Uschi.
As in the 1990s original, the old and new dream couple from the ‘Manta, Manta 2’ ad are also named Bertie and Uschi – or Til Schweiger (58) and Tina Ruland (55) . In a double interview with ‘Bild am Sonntag’, the two stars reminisced about how they first met over 30 years ago during the casting for ‘Manta, Manta’.
Schweiger still remembers that moment today: “I walked into the room and there were a hundred excited actors doing their vocal exercises.” It looked and sounded like a bunch of chickens. “And in the back in the corner sat this pretty blonde who didn’t sound the alarm at all. Then I was like, okay, I’ll sit next to her. And that was Tina !”
It took until “Manta, Manta 2” before the two found themselves together again in front of the camera. “You still don’t lose sight of each other if you like each other,” Ruland said of the good relationship with Schweiger.
Brushed up on the riot?
Whether the sequel to the cult film by producer Bernd Eichinger (1949-2011), which was Til Schweiger’s breakthrough, is as successful as the original is of course still in the stars. Apparently, however, they don’t want to be deterred by potential controversies, as indicated by Schweiger’s statements in the interview. So be “‘Manta, Manta 2″ […] didn’t show up to roll out the red carpet of gender madness.”
And he should know: While Wolfgang Büld (69) directed the first part from a script by Stefan Cantz (66), Schweiger himself is now directing the on-screen successor.
A family matter
Almost mandatory: His daughters Emma (19) and Luna (25) will also appear alongside their father in “Manta, Manta 2”.
The youngest of the four Schweiger children particularly enjoys making family films, as she explains in another interview with “Welt am Sonntag”. She doesn’t see her family often, says the actress, who moved to Malibu, Calif., with her mother in 2016. “If only because I haven’t lived in Germany for six years and we we’re all doing our own thing anyway. In that regard, I’m happiest when I see them and can work with them,” says Emma Schweiger.