Star of Men to Kiss Had a Second Role, Too
June 21, 2012
by Topher Levin
Frank Christian Marx is the sexy star and co-executive producer of the new German comedy Men to Kiss (MÃ¤nner zum Knutschen) which screens at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, June 24, at the Tivoli Cinemas for the Kansas City Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. This fun, over-the-top story centers on the relationship between Ernst (Marx) and Tobias. Ernst's old school friend, Uta, returns to Berlin from the United States and hatches a plan to break up the couple. Hilarity ensues. The movie is full of beautiful actors, zany schemes and scenic Berlin and is sure to put you in a good mood. I posed a few questions to Marx about the film, and here is what he said.
You were both producer and lead actor in Men to Kiss. What was it like juggling those roles?
It's a big challenge, with lots of 24-hour days. It got more difficult every day to jump between acting and producing, back and forth. As an actor, you only have to worry about being believable in front of the camera; as a producer, you have to worry about absolutely everything. In that process, I did a lot of rookie mistakes. But I was incredibly lucky that I had a team that helped me wherever they could. We all were like a family. And we're still like that.
Your character's boyfriend is played by Udo Lutz, your co-executive producer for Men to Kiss. What was it like sharing the screen with Udo?
Every day was like a blast. I mean this guy has comedic timing and talent, and I enjoyed working with him to the fullest. The most important for me was that during this really hard time, I could completely trust him. And the result of that was that we both founded Ente Kross Film [a Berlin production company">.
The costuming - from the balloon outfits to Uta's femme fatale outfits - were really fun and over the top. How did that choice come about?
We always wanted to have the film over the top, so we gave the actors lots of free space, and Alexandra found the black outfit by herself in a little vintage store. The thing about the balloons was just a crazy idea that Udo barely mentioned one day, and so we put this in the script. I think the costumes were the one thing we improvised the most about.
You're doing a lot of traveling this summer, attending various festivals - have a favorite location you've been so far?
I have to say every single festival city was unique on its own. But the most impressive was Honolulu. The sight of the sea, the beach and the cliffs was just breathtaking.
What's next for you and Ente Kross?
The next project for me as an actor is a very dark revenge story called Nancy Pansy Hairy Mary. It's about two guys who are losing their partners because of a hate crime and are going on a hunt to kill homophobes all around the world, followed by the police. It's kind of a Natural Born Killers goes gay. I love the controversy about the script, and we're shooting it in Berlin and Melbourne.
With Ente Kross Film, we're right now in the process of writing the script for a feature about gay characters which is partly set in the '50s and partly set in the current time. This will be very challenging.
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