Matt J. Horn
May 20, 2012
I recently got the chance to talk to Götz Otto about his role in ‘Iron Sky’. Here, Götz talks about what it was like working with the cast and crew on-set and about his role as Mr. Stamper in ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’…
Hey Götz. Thanks for taking the time out to talk to me about your new film, ‘Iron Sky’.
What’s the general plotline surrounding the film?
The plotline sounds simple but it is bizarre. In 1945, the Nazis went to the moon and in 2018 they’re coming back. But apart from that simple plotline, we have resources on the moon that can change the energetic problem on earth for the next 2000 years, we have hot Nazi broads in lingerie, we have Über-Nazis and crazy professors, intelligent American Presidents (hic!) but the South Korean genius is overshadowing everything.
Tell us a bit about the character you play in the movie…
I play Klaus Adler, the “Nachrichtenübermittlungsüberführer” – this title alone surely explains everything. Because Adler hates long explanations…and he wants to change his title. For him a “Führer” without all the rest would be just enough. He is not the brightest light in the lampstore, but he has an enormous will – (I won’t be adding a “Y” here, even though it would fit).
How did you get involved in the project in the first place?
I met Timo and his girlfriend on the Berlinale 2008. We were talking about the project and drinking some Finnish vodka…and when I regained consciousness, I found out that I had signed the contract.
In your opinion, what makes this film different and unique? It really is a unique idea isn’t it?
There is not a single story in movie history that hasn’t been told before. The uniqueness of ‘Iron Sky’ is, that a bunch of crazy Finns decided to make this film, just because somebody had a crazy idea in a sauna. I assume that this happens quite often – (the Finns don’t refrain from drinking in hot environments). But this time they where able to pull it off! And this is more unique, than Nazis on the dark side of the moon!
The film stars Julia Dietze, Udo Kier, Peta Sergeant, Kym Jackson, your good self, Stephanie Paul, Christopher Kirby and Monika Gossmann – with Timo Vuorensola onboard as director – what was it like working with the cast and crew on-set? Any good anecdotes?
Udo permanently wanted to bite someone. He was looking for the vampire behind his character and was disappointed that he had to play just a Nazi. So he tried to bite the cast and crew instead. Julia was permanently running around in her sexy lingerie, because she thought it would suit her…and she was right. Chris was totally frustrated to be “albanised” every morning – (he was sitting in M/U for hours each and every day to turn him into a “snowflake”) and he decided that his next role would be a Chinese. Peta broke her foot in the first week of shooting and we had to convince the director not to shoot her…since he was brought up on a Finnish farm and for him that would have been the logic step. It was a total normal production.
Let’s talk a bit about you Gotz. What made you want to get into the industry in the first place?
You’ve been in a number of different films and TV projects – which actors/actresses have been your favourites to work with so far and why? Any good stories?
My new role model is Hugo Weaving. I was working with him on ‘Cloud Atlas’and he is a hell of an actor. And in the meantime he is so not behaving like a star! He is humble, normal and approachable. This is refreshing and it’s good to see that you can stay a human being even when you’re living in the universe of stardom.
Of course, we should mention that you’ve been in a Bond film – what was it like working on ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’ as one of the baddies?
Excuse me…I was not “one of the baddies”…I was “Mr. Stamper”. The only real threat to this lily-livered British agent. And it was great fun working on that production. I am still friends with some of them. There is such a thing as a “Bond-family”.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three ‘personal’ things could you not live without?
If I am stranded on a desert island I would need a boat…or a gun. Can’t think of a third thing.
If you could have dinner with three guests – (living or dead), who would you choose and why?
My friends Sabine and Bernhard and my wife…we are having the best evenings together anyone could imagine. I am so glad, the Müllauers are dropping by tonight.
What is your favourite word?
Flabbergasted. Just because it sounds great!
What’s coming up for you in 2012?
‘Cloud Atlas’, ‘Asterix’ and ‘L’Artiste Et Son Modelle’ are going to be released this year. I am currently filming a German film in Prague and in the end of the year I am doing ‘The King’s Speech’ on stage…
Thanks for the interview!