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.