Acting with Style

What actor Oliver Masucci wears when he’s not on camera.

W. Costumes are a tool of the actor‘s trade – what is clothing for Oliver Masucci, the private person?

O.M. The tools that I use to differentiate myself from the actor Oliver Masucci.

W. Does the clothing style you wear for a role inspire your personal style sometimes? And if so, can you give us an example?

O.M. Do you mean whether I dressed like a totalitarian af ter taking on the role of Hitler? No. And I also didn’t run around for weeks with a rabbit foot in my lapel after I played the character based on Beuys in “Never Look Away”.

W. Do you experiment with fashion? What is your most eccentric accessory?

O.M. There’s a black necktie that my uncle stole from my father when he was still a very young man and ultimately returned to him decades later. Now it’s mine. Apart from that, I don’t really wear accessories – unless you count my skull and crossbones cuf flinks ... maybe I should wear both together with my Austrian lederhosen.

W. What about your wardrobe? Is it arranged in any special order?

O.M. Yes, it’s a system I worked a long time to perfect: shirts and suits are hung, sweaters and T-shirts are folded and stacked, shoes are on the bottom and anything that is in the way gets tossed. I can highly recommend it.

W. How would you describe working with Bryan Adams?

O.M. Pleasant, quick, professional. Now I only work with rock stars! And besides, Bryan is so goodlooking; he’s a really handsome rock star. You never get tired of looking at him.

W. What is your favourite windsor. piece and why? How will you wear it?

O.M. The sweaters. They can also be worn as a scarf. Somehow I’m always losing my scarf. And trousers, too.

W. What is more difficult: undressing or dressing?

O.M. In any case undressing – in front of women. And in front of an audience. That’s a discipline in itself. You get dressed so that you look good. But when you undress, looking good is bloody difficult.

W. You said, “I was so fat that I couldn‘t tie my shoes anymore,” during filming when you played Adolf in “Look Who’s Back”. How did the excess weight change your clothing style during this time?

O.M. The extra 28 kilos primarily changed my dietary style. I didn’t want to buy maternity wear and looked like a sausage in my old clothes. That motivated me to slim down quickly.

W. Would you be keen on playing Bryan Adams? What would you wear?

O.M. Well, I’d play him with a Tintin flat-top hairstyle while wearing pink-coloured Speedo swimming trunks in a tomato hothouse on a Caribbean beach. I’d practice vegan yoga while juggling avocados. If that gets too boring, I’d rock the house.

W. Is there any role that you’d like to play again?

O.M. I would like to play myself again in certain situations, to do it better the second time around. Now that I have learned so much more about this character.

W. You have filmed and been on stage in so many different countries – were you ever in Helsinki and if so, what memories do you have?

O.M. Due to alcohol consumption, I can only remember seeing the Leningrad Cowboys in Helsinki. But maybe it was just a dream. What I most certainly do remember is the Helsinki Klub in Zurich.