Wednesday, September 26, 2007
London (ANI): Actor Tom Cruise observed a minute"s silence on the sets of his latest film Valkyrie to commemorate the real-life heroes portrayed in it. Actor Christian Berkel has revealed that the commemoration was held at the site where a number of German officers were executed after a failed attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler in 1944.
"It was a very moving moment," the BBC quoted Berkel as telling German newspaper Bild am Sonntag. He revealed that Cruise, director Bryan Singer and screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie said a few words and requested the silence "out of respect for the place and out of respect for the life achievement of these people who were executed there".
The shooting for the film began on Friday at the Bendler Block, formerly a defence ministry facility and now a memorial to Third Reich resistance fighters. The movie will feature Cruise in the character of Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, who was executed for plotting to assassinate Hitler. Earlier, the German authorities had banned the producers from shooting the flick at the Bendler Block, but they granted the permission upon being convinced that the movie would portray post-war Germany in a positive light.