Til Schweiger and Elyas M'Barek are normally involved in a tussle to be known as stars of Germany's most bland mass entertainment movies. On Saturday morning that fight got literal.
Schweiger – Germany's biggest box office draw, best known internationally for a supporting role in Quentin Tarantino's Second World War pulp movie Inglorious Basterds – had been celebrating winning an award for his most recent movie Honig im Kopf by partying with friends at Borchardt restaurant in Berlin, reports Bild.
Things were going great until M'Barek, star of Fack ju Göhte, stepped into the eatery.
Within half an hour the two stars were embroiled in a fierce argument. Then the punches started flying. Schweiger went directly for the younger actor's face and had to be pulled back by bodyguards.
In an interview with Bild, Schweiger said “We had an argument, these things happen between men.”
But he would give little away about what had sparked the ruckus, saying only that it was “in the broadest sense” about film.
He conceded though that what he described as a “light face slap” was unnecessary.
“Next time we see each other we'll make peace over a beer and have right laugh about it,” he reassured the tabloid.
M'Barek also tried to play the incident down.
“Til has apologised to me and everything's cool,” he said.