Solingen / Cologne On Thursday, RTL will show a film about the “rebel” Boris Becker, which was filmed in part in Solingen. The “Faking Hitler” scenes were also filmed in Höhscheid.
Was she? Did not matter. When RTL kicks off “The Rebel – From Leimen to Wimbledon” Thursday in prime time on TV, the best guaranteed entertainment – too, or perhaps precisely because the movie is “largely fictional.” Rahman and Emel Müjde will learn about the real bar and living room on Platzhofstrasse in Solingen. There, in April, the recording team arranged stops from the life of young Boris Becker and his coach Gunter “Johnzy” Busch.
One of the main scenes takes place in the pub: Boris Becker (Bruno Alexander) has made his way to fifth in the world rankings thanks to his victories, including against Evan Lendl, and is celebrating in Chicago with three young fans. – Until Gunther Bosch (Samuel Finsey) lowered him to the ground. “I watched this situation live,” says Rehman Mojdi, who rented his “country house” to shoot.
“It was almost morning,” says the contractor in Solingen, who was awakened by the loud dialogue. Bush washes Baker’s head (“thinks it’s James Dean”) in a three-minute scene. The Chicago skyline can be seen in the background thanks to green screen technology. Towards the end of the film, the bungalow came into the picture again: briefly from outside and then from the living room. Bush resigned and returned to his family.
And in between, RTL—based on Sellin’s book “I’m a Player: The Life of Boris Becker”—shows the early years of Liminer. The arc spans from the early days, when a student hits tennis balls in the garage door and becomes the budding German champion in 1962 (“diamonds in the rough”), to the final scene in which he twice won Wimbledon, giving his dad a big Mercedes in front of that garage door.
Lead actor Bruno Alexander casts himself as a quick-tempered young man with boundless ambition and a will to win. It gave him a lot to be able to embody Boris Becker, comments Alexander, born in 1999. “But he also asked for a lot from me.” The hamburger himself plays tennis, basketball and football. In order for him to be able to portray a top athlete, the coaches repeatedly challenged him during the preparations and “taken everything out of me.”
“Tennis is perfect for making a star,” says Ion Teriyak (Misel Maticevic) when Gunther Bosch introduced him to the team as financier and manager. And Becker (“a superstar, but not a controlling player”) became a star. Funded by Puma and supplied with an exclusive contract with Bild newspaper, Tiriac shipped it to Monaco (“no Bundeswehr”) – also due to taxes.
There Becker learns about the sweet life and loves to stand up for himself (“You have a chance to go out to eat with me”) – something that is detrimental to athletic success. The titles were “Boris limping” and “What’s wrong with Boris?” It was the headline in the tabloids of the 1980s. As befits good Christmas-time entertainment, the “event movie” about the youngest-ever Wimbledon winner ends with a smiling lead actor – and the remark that Boris Becker (“once called Bomukle”) finally made it to its destination in January 1991 managed to Than to become number one in tennis.
Bruno Alexander said that in his generation Boris Becker was not as well known as in the generation of his parents. However, “The Rebel” will also delight the little ones: it is accompanied by cheerful music and always contains original recordings.
The conflation of fact and fiction is also behind a film series shot partly in Solingen: “Hitler’s Rig” has been on RTL+ since the end of November. The former manufacturer’s bungalow on Platzhofstrasse has once again proven itself, as it fits perfectly with the Stern scandal surrounding Hitler’s forged memoirs. “I actually watched a part of the series,” Rahman Mojdi says. “This is not monotonous.”
While filming in May, Mogdi had the opportunity to speak to Lars Edinger, the “very realistic and always polite” actor for Stern reporter Gerd Heidemann. One of the places where the movie was shot was in the pool in the bungalow. Site scouts are now well established in their lists of sites of interest. Rahman Mujda and his wife Emile have already received the next order. This time it’s all about a thriller, explains the contractor, who just bought the 1964 bungalow, this year. But nothing has been reported yet.