Reality writes the best, but also the cruelest stories.
In the summer of 1989 there was fear around the Göhrde Forest in Lower Saxony. Two couples in love are murdered. The sister of the Hamburg LKA boss Wolfgang Sielaff also disappears. But the investigator’s hands are tied. He cannot intervene because he is not responsible. His sister has disappeared. Only after his retirement, almost 30 years later, does he find her body.
The so-called Göhrde murders are the template for the exciting three-part series “The Secret of the Dead Forest” (Wed., Sat., Wed., 8.15 p.m., Das Erste). Instead of Wolfgang Sielaff in the original, Thomas Bethge is determined in the thriller. He is played by Matthias Brandt (59), who has represented the character for over three decades and has been artificially aged for the scenes as an older man.
“I got into the make-up at 4:30 and 5 a.m. so that I was ready in time for shooting to start. That took between three and four hours each time, “says Brandt to BILD am SONNTAG. “The parts of the face that had been previously modeled with silicone were then glued onto the face.”
The durability of the masks was limited. “That’s why we couldn’t shoot very long on days like that. In the evening it took another one to one and a half hours until everything was down again. ”
Did the actor like how he would look in almost 20 years? “I had thought that I could look a little into the future that way. But the makeup artist told me that it doesn’t have to have anything to do with how I’ll really look 15 or 20 years from now. That was just his fantasy. “
Matthias Brandt will celebrate his 60th birthday next year. He doesn’t like getting older. But: “I’m not afraid of the 60th, anyway. Maybe there are people who feel different. “
And what does Wolfgang Sielaff say about the film? “It’s a fictional film with a lot of deliberate deviations from the real events. But the core events are reflected correctly. The storylines are told in a very exciting way. “