EXPENDABLES 4: Interview with Varick Addler about the chance to star alongside the great EX Guys in the upcoming Movie

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To filmmakers, Hollywood is what Paris is for painters. For most hopeful young actors, however, Hollywood and all the fame and fortune that go with it, is just a long way from home. Few have actually made it there, but that hasn’t stopped the many from trying. The “NIHRFF Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival Award” Winner, Varick Addler, would be a great cast for the upcoming THE EXPENDABLES 4 movie.

I think I am the great supporting cast that brings the film and the main character shine because it’s more important to have the villain be interesting – it’s that [villain] role that run away with the movie.


Germany has a lot of claims to fame. The country has produced innovative scientists, ground-breaking philosophers, brilliant artists and composers, not to mention some of the best beers in the world; and with award-winning actor Varick Addler on the list, they can count captivating screen talent among their many notable attributes.

In 2012 Varick Addler took home the Audience Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role at the Nuremberg Human Rights Film Festival (NIHRFF) for his remarkable performance in the film “Mimikry – Upside Down”. Early on in his career Addler honed his skills at some of the most recognizable acting school across the globe, including the NYFA New York Film Academy in Los Angeles, the William Esper School in New York, the Munich Film Academy and more.

With a plethora of lead roles in film and television projects that span virtually every genre, Addler’s brilliant repertoire of work reveals him as an actor with impressive range, one who easily inhabits his characters and seamlessly brings them to life on screen.

One of Addler’s first professional roles on screen came nearly a decade ago when he played a key Soldier in the 2008 action film “The German”, which took home the Nando Award from the Novara Cine Festival. Directed by Nick Ryan, whose 2012 documentary “The Summit” was awarded at the Sundance Film Festival and earned the Irish Film and Television Award for Best Documentary and Best Feature Documentary, as well as the Boulder International Film Festival’s BIFF Award for Best Adventure Film, “The German” gave viewers the first taste of Varick Addler’s unparalleled skill in the action genre– an area of his craft that he’s become increasingly well-known for on an international level in years since.

Since his debut action role in “The German”, Addler has gone on to give memorable performances in a pretty impressive list of well-known action-packed films and series including the 2010 Golden Globe nominated film “Red” starring Golden Globe Winner Bruce Willis (“Die Hard”) and Oscar Award winner Helen Mirren (“The Queen”), CBS’s two-time Primetime Emmy Award winning series “CSI: Miami” and the Primetime Emmy nominated crime series “NCIS: Los Angeles” starring Golden Globe nominee Chris O’Donnell (“Batman & Robin”), “Law & Order: LA” and Germany’s long-running cop drama “Tatort”, which has earned over 96 award including seven Bambi Awards and six Adolf Grimme Awards, one of the most prestigious awards presented in German television.
While Addler’s appeal as an action star is undeniable, his magnetism on-screen is by no means limited to the fast-paced, heart-pumping genre alone.

German audiences will immediately recognize Addler for his recurring lead role as Johnas Schneller on the hit romantic drama series “Verbotene Liebe”, aka “Forbidden Love”, which earned the Golden Rose Award at the Rose d’Or Light Entertainment Festival. The long-running series initially centered on the wealthy Anstetten family and the middle-class Brandner family– specifically on the forbidden love between Jan Bradner and Julia von Anstetten which, although unknown to them, are twins separated at birth.

As the series progressed “Verbotene Liebe” moved away from the drama of Jan and Julia’s love affair and centered instead on a new family, the Lahnsteins, and that’s when viewers really get to see Addler in action. A family with dark and dirty secrets by the plenty, Addler’s character comes onto the show as the unpredictable and abusive father of series star Tanja von Lahnstein, played by Miriam Lahnstein (“The Peppercorns”).

Over the course of the series Addler reveals his ability to go from charismatic to manipulative and downright scathing. Addler breathes such vile life into Johnas Schneller that he easily became the show’s character everyone loved to hate. Out of all his atrocious acts though, the worst and most defining comes when Schneller who, in the middle of beating his daughter Tanja, pushes his son Thomas down the stairs to his death. To make matters worse, Schneller blames the murder on Tanja, a key plot points that sends Tanja into a mental institution for several years after her brother’s death.

It was a very challenging role, since it is not easy to deal properly with the issue of child abuse. I am now father myself of two little boys and the thought that something could happen to my children makes me very sad and angry. More incomprehensible how a father can torment his own child in such a way, Addler admits.

I don’t have much in common with that character, however, as an actor I must be able to getting into the character and understand their motivation. Preparation is more than knowing your lines. It is embodying the life of the character.

While fans of Tanja’s character were understandably thrilled when Addler’s character was reported to have died as she did time in an institution, Tanja was far from being free of her noxious father. The series brought Schneller back again and again as a ghost returning from the dead to haunt Tanja with repeated attacks, which says a lot about the character, and the actor, as he was clearly too strong of a draw factor for audiences for the show’s creators to let him die out.

With a number of riveting performances in both European and U.S. productions, Varick Addler has established an indelible reputation for himself as a captivating and dynamic performer whose boundary pushing talent allows him to portray characters within every genre.

Up next for Addler is the highly anticipated action film “Out for Vengeance” directed by Angel Film Award winner Salar Zarza.

What Varick told us last year in an interview about a sequel to The Expendables Stories:

Mr. Addler pursues a personal film goal in Hollywood. With “Expendables 4” a dream would come true for him.

Award-Winning Actor, Varick Addler, would like to audition for a role in the upcoming part of the Expendables Saga!

To filmmakers, Hollywood is what Paris is for painters. For most hopeful young actors, however, Hollywood and all the fame and fortune that go with it, is just a long way from home. Few have actually made it there, but that hasn’t stopped the many from trying. The “NIHRFF Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival Award” Winner, Varick Addler, would be a great cast for the upcoming THE EXPENDABLES 4 movie.

Will Roberts Weekly Telegram/
What would be your ideal project and why?

Honestly, I like that fantasy action genre. As a child, I discovered my love of books, reading, and stories, devouring the works of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, James Branch Cabell, Edgar Allan Poe, Michael Moorcock, Ursula K. LeGuin, Gene Wolfe, and G.K. Chesterton.

The Expendables stories are too well positioned as it can only be a Trilogy … there are so much more stories to be told and other people’s lives which MUST be brought into theaters. With “Expendables 4” a dream would be come true for me. My future colleagues were the heroes of my childhood. I am a big fan of the Expendables stories and the characters introduced in them. I am an INDUSTRY HOLLYWOOD youngster and I also have no big action name, BUT I am sure that I have the interest, imagination, and unorthodoxy to be a powerful BIG-BANG-ACTION-PERFORMER – like the other Expendables guys.

I don’t believe there are any unsolvable tasks. There are only challenges that need to be faced. With inexhaustible energy and a positive attitude, I invest my everything into every project and commit my entire ability to it.

Will Roberts Weekly Telegram/
What is so special about the story & characters?

I want to answer this question using Sly’s words. He said: For me it’s primarily about my favorite topic: restitution. Each of us regrets something in his life and wishes he could go back in time to change it. Thus, the action also works for the audience, the story needs a contact point, a tangible conflict. And that starts almost always where you can see the people and their problems behind the warrior. This everlasting legend: the strong help the weak in hopeless situations.

Life isn’t black and white. It consist of million gray areas, don’t you find? Black and white are the colors of photography. To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected. Life is all about compromise and perspective. Conventional knowledge states that there is right and wrong (again, the idea of duality). Freeman dispels this notion and says that there is no definitive way to decide what is right and what is wrong, so one must combine elements of both sides of a given argument to discover the real underlying truth. Humanity is fighting itself and maybe one day a phenomenon might occur and the world will have to come together as humans at the end of the day.

Will Roberts Weekly Telegram/
Varick, why do you think that Mr. Stallone will take notice of you?

With great power comes great responsibility. As the shy student Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) discovers his Spiderman forces in the eponymous film, his uncle and foster father Ben Parker admonished him to use his powers responsibly. Responsibility is the magic word! Every successful person has a responsibility towards his fellow men. Bill Gates has made it his mission to support people in need. The guys from “Expendables” set an example to us. They bring this responsibility home to us. They call it to our minds. Sly knows about this responsibility. Like his fellow actors (Clint Eastwood or Woody Allen). They have to act on its responsibility as a protagonists for new faces. Only in that way newcomers will get this unique opportunity to show that they have the emotional depth and the talent for real acting, which is “to live truthfully under the imaginary circumstances” through improvisation, emotional truth and personal response (Sandy Meisner).

Will Roberts Weekly Telegram/
Varick, please have a final word for our readers.

❞As Actors, as Novelists -as Artists- we are the last of the Shamans, the Keepers of Fantasy, Knights Templar of the Creative! And I think it also helps if you are a Dreamer. I had my dreams all right. And that is something no one can ever take away. They cost nothing, and they can be as real as you like to make them. You own your dreams and they are priceless. I’ve been a lavatory attendant, a theatre usher, a panhandler, all for real. That’s the stuff my dreams are made of❝.

Please, fellow Expendable-Fans, share this post and help me getting invited to the upcoming EX auditions in Los Angels! Please vote for me! Retweet it! Share it! And to Sly: Please consider me for a role at your next part of Expendables (4) because the film calls for someone of my type. Making movies is your passion — and it’s mine too! But why take my word for it? Why not give me a try? If you invite me to an audition, I’ll show you exactly why I’m your man!

Thanks, Love & Kisses
Varick Addler

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