"HE PREFERS ACTORS WHO COME FROM THE THEATER"
An article by Patrick Wildermann published today in Der Tagesspiegel looks at the booming star system in Germany, and includes quotes from Anja Dihrberg, a German casting director who is, according to the article, currently working with Brian De Palma, presumably on Passion. Dihrberg tells Wildermann that De Palma "prefers actors who come from the theater and mastered their craft accordingly." It is undoubtedly through Dihrberg that Karoline Herfurth was cast in Passion, as Dihrberg was the casting director for Berlin '36, a 2009 film which starred Herfurth as a Jewish athlete competeing to be on the German Olympic team. Dihrberg tells Wildermann that she appreciates the fact there is still a nice gap between Hollywood star concerns and that of the German film industry. She emphasizes a focus on "character roles," and expresses a kind of horror at the Hollywood machine of uniformity that drives actresses toward anorexia and plastic surgery. Dihrberg tells Wildermann she hopes that "a Nina Hoss will not look like Nicole Kidman at some point."