Talk about thrilled. "I don't even know what time it is," says Daniel Bruhl, who was nominated for his first Golden Globe this morning, after his SAG nomination yesterday. "I'm in Vienna jumping up and down. People call me Niki Lauda here. They don't call me Daniel."
The star takes on the infamous Lauda in racing movie Rush, and the two became friends during production. "I can't wait to call him," says Bruhl. "He's such a competitive guy. I think he will be happy and pleased that I got a nomination."
It's been a big year for Bruhl, who is gaining international fame with Rush and also starred alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in The Fifth Estate. "It's been a roller coaster really," he says. "I can't wait to celebrate Christmas with my mom and my girlfriend in Spain and analyze and digest it all, because it's been so intense. For me, it's the first time that I've been offered important parts in American movies."
While Rush recouped its investment, it failed to dominate the box office in the U.S. Bruhl hopes that the Globes attention helps attract more of an audience to Ron Howard's '70s racing story of the intense rivalry between Lauda and British driver James Hunt.
"These nominations of course give me hope that more Americans will see the movie," he says. "Maybe people at first were not interested because they didn't know the story, but once people see it, they love it, and it makes me very happy. Especially for Ron, because he did the best job with it. I would say it's one of the best films in that genre ever."