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Filmstar: Berlin not safe for a Ferrari
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Filmstar: Berlin not safe for a Ferrari

Published: 08 Apr 2012 09:50 GMT+02:00
Updated: 08 Apr 2012 09:50 GMT+02:00

German filmstar Daniel Brühl, a well-known resident of Berlin’s hip Kreuzberg district, is too scared of local auto arsonists to buy himself a Ferrari.

Brühl, who shot to fame in the film “Goodbye Lenin” and was also in Quentin Tarantino’s Nazi schlock thriller “Inglourious Basterds”, is playing Austrian Formula One driver Niki Lauda in his latest film.

This means he has been driving Ferraris – and given him the desire to buy one for himself.

But he said living in Berlin made such an idea a risky one.

“I sadly don’t have a garage,” he told Die Welt newspaper’s weekend edition. “And one has to protect such a car well. In Berlin cars are set on fire.”

He already has two cars – an old Alfa Romeo Guilia and a Peugeot 2004 convertible, both of which have been spared the flames of south-central Berlin’s anarchists.

BMW and New York's Guggenheim Museum recently changed plans to bring an urban design showcase to Kreuzberg after over threats of attacks.

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10:37 April 8, 2012 by Landmine
Thought the arsonist was caught as per an article here on the local....
11:27 April 8, 2012 by menzelchr
Well, I guess there is not only a single one?
16:30 April 8, 2012 by green idea factory
Oh, poor baby. Why not buy some bikes for the women who schlep their purchases home from the Turkish Market? You're arrogant and embarrassing.

By the way there were no specific "threats" about BMW's proposed branding exercise in Kreuzberg that got supposed Social Democrats like Wowereit all bent out of shape.

Car-addicted country. A little USA with more health care, a bit more cycling and better bread.
17:24 April 8, 2012 by frankiep
Green idea factory apparently yearns for the days of the DDR when everyone was equally poor and miserable.
23:11 April 8, 2012 by vonSchwerin
Brühl is right. I don't blame him for not buying one and parking it in Kreuzberg. If he lived in Dahlem, things might be different. But in Kreuzberg, we all prefer to live in graffiti-covered buildings and semi-squalor in the name of anti-capitalism and sogenannte income equality . . . not to mention the persistent claim that Kreuzberg is a *real* artists' quarter just brimming with creativity that makes Berlin great! But NOOOO luxury automobiles!
10:27 April 9, 2012 by lucksi
If you have the money to own 2 cars and want to buy a third ( a Ferrari no less ), then you have enough money to buy someone's garage.
14:19 April 9, 2012 by captainkidd
in Hollywood, many movie stars-eg Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, George Clooney, Sean Penn are socially conscious and wouldn't even dream of such a ridiculously expensive car. Daniel Bruhl- not so much.
13:57 April 10, 2012 by frankiep
@captainkidd

the "socially conscious" Hollywood stars you mention probably have no problem flying around the world in private jets to attend parties and award shows. Besides, what's the problem with buying an expensive car if you can afford it? Seems to me that people have to design and build these cars and that they therefore have jobs which they are paid to do. Being "socially conscious" does not mean that you cannot spend good money to buy something that other people are paid good money to produce.

Or do you just not like the fact that there are other people who can afford to buy more expensive things than you can?
20:00 April 10, 2012 by YellowChicken
Buy him an Ostrich. They're earth-friendly and come with built-in thief deterrent.
13:58 April 13, 2012 by captainkidd
Danny- drive a Trabi-then the arsonists will leave you alone.
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