Uschi Glas and Hansi Kraus: "There used to be beer on the set!" | entertainment - Bark Sedov
Uschi Glas and Hansi Kraus: “There used to be beer on the set!” |  entertainment

Uschi Glas and Hansi Kraus: “There used to be beer on the set!” | entertainment

Uschi Glas and Hansi Kraus: “There used to be beer on the set!” |  entertainment

As a cheeky lout from the first bank, he once delighted an audience of millions. Hansi Kraus (69) was a celebrated child star of the 1960s, playing alongside stars like Theo Lingen, Peter Alexander and Harald Juhnke.

On the occasion of his 70th birthday, BILD am SONNTAG sends lout Pepe back to school with his film sister Marion, aka Uschi Glas (78).

BILD am SONNTAG: Was Hansi really such a rascal back then, Ms. Glas?

Uschi glass: “Well, he didn’t play tricks on me. I remember him as a cool boy who did a very good job as an actor.”

Hansi Kraus: “Because I was a big Winnetou fan, Apanatschi was spared my nonsense. But in principle I was right to get the role back then, because I really was a rascal. Some of my real-world pranks, like the itching powder on the timpani’s toilet paper, even made their way into the script.”

For BILD am SONNTAG the actors pose like they did more than 50 years ago

For BILD am SONNTAG the actors pose like they did more than 50 years ago

Photo: Niels Starnick / BILD

Glass: “I like to think back to that time. Also because filming was much more relaxed and comfortable back then than it is today.”

frills: “Yes, no comparison. There was even beer on set.”

Hansi Kraus on gender: “A terrible development”

And there were film titles that would no longer be possible today in terms of gender.

frills: “A terrible development, how our language is censored today. Uschi and I are suddenly no longer actors, but actors. What the fuck?”

Glass: “I’m having a hard time going with it too. At some point you probably won’t even be allowed to say ‘the girl’ because that’s discriminatory.”

frills: “You can no longer say ‘Miss’ today. Instead, people suddenly speak of menstruating beings. And I lost track of just how many new genders there are suddenly.”

1969: Hansi Kraus (then 17) in

1969: Hansi Kraus (then 17) in “Pepe, the Timpani Scare”

Photo: BILD

Ms. Glas, did you ever find the film title “To the point, darling” discriminatory?

Glass: “Oh, never in my life, I never had a problem with that. I don’t want to deny that there are women who have been discriminated against or harassed, but I also think that some things have been exaggerated. I have never been sexually harassed in my career. However, I was once discriminated against for this. Since I didn’t conform politically with Schamoni & Co. and didn’t show my solidarity with Willy Brandt, ‘Zur Sache, Schätzchen’ was my first and last appearance at Neues Deutsches Film. I was given the choice: ‘Either you support us or you fly.’”

How were the fees back then?

frills: “For my first rascal film I got a whopping 3000 marks for 30 days of shooting. They ripped me off at the time, with the argument that you didn’t know if the film would work at all. It was such a hit that four more films were produced. With the second film I got 8,000 marks and my maximum fee for a lout film was later 35,000 marks.”

Glass: “I can’t put a number on that because I was under contract with Rialto Film at the time and hardly saw anything from my first fees. Rialto had financed my education in Germany and England and I had to pay it off for five years. There was hardly anything left at the time apart from the money for my rent.”

frills: “I didn’t see anything from my first fee either, my parents bought a color television with it. By the time I was 18, I was at least able to afford a car. What I still have from that time today is my condominium. I was able to pay and finance it with the money I saved.”

I got my hands on the bamboo stick in elementary school

How were your school days?

frills: “I was only good at biology and gymnastics.”

Glass: “I was best in math, chemistry and physics. My worst subject was art, but that was related to the teacher. An experience that I have also observed in my children. If the teacher is good, even Latin can inspire.”

frills: “I remember one thing above all: I was in high school and made my first film during the summer holidays. When school started again, I was called to the director’s office and I was told: ‘If you make another film, you’ll fly. You’re such a bad student, you need the holidays to do some work.’ I actually got expelled from school on the next film.”

Glass: “It’s unbelievable, you can’t even imagine that today. I got my hands on the bamboo stick in elementary school.”

frills: “A teacher once gave me the choice of whether I would prefer a reprimand or three slaps as punishment. Since I already had so many references, I decided on the Watschn. A mistake because he hit me so hard I cried and walked around with swollen cheeks for a week.”

Glass: “Thank God our children were spared all that.”

frills: “My granddaughter is so smart, she skipped a grade and just graduated from high school at 17. What can I say? Just good genes.”

1969: Uschi Glas (then 25) in the film

1969: Uschi Glas (then 25) in the film “Class wedges”

Photo: ullstein bild – United Archives

How would you summarize your 70th birthday?

frills: “Life has been good to me. I am humbled and thankful that I am healthy. That is not something that can be taken for granted, because I almost died ten years ago. I was admitted to the hospital with a strep infection called Fournier’s gangrene. At the last minute, two hours later and I would have been dead. As soon as I had the accesses, I went into septic shock and only came to again after a three-day coma in the intensive care unit. My wife and my two daughters stood by my bed with tears in their eyes and told me that they had feared for my life for three days.”

Glass: “Oh my god, you poor thing. how did you react

frills: “I asked the senior doctor for a beer. However, he denied me that. I was so weak I couldn’t even drink water.”

Glass: “That’s how I know you. Always the cool one.”

frills: “I didn’t realize the seriousness of the situation. But I remember a dream with blue clouds where I was standing in front of two dark tunnels and asked the guard in front of them where the tunnel with the bright light was. He didn’t answer and I refused to go any further. In hindsight, I think that was the key moment that made me decide to live.”

Have you lived differently since then?

frills: “I’m a little more thoughtful and have a little more respect for death than I used to. But I don’t talk to angels and I still prefer to go to the tavern to the church. And my basic attitude towards life has remained the same: many keys mean a lot of responsibility, which is why I only have two keys – one for my apartment and one for my bike.”

Photo: BILD

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