The Lives of Others director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck has written a piece in yesterday’s edition of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung saying it’s a good thing for Germany that Tom Cruise is playing would-be Hitler assassin Col. Claus von Stauffenberg in Bryan Singer‘s Valkyrie.
Donnersmarck’s article obviously implies that German authorities who’ve refused to give permits to Singer’s movie to shoot at a legendary building in Berlin should re-think their position.
Cruise, wrote Donnersmarck, is “the most successful of all the [Hollywood] superstars, [and] his superstar light will illuminate this rare shining moment in the darkest chapter of our history. In doing so, he will do more to improve Germany’s international image than 10 soccer World Cups could.”