For Til Schweiger (59) it got very emotional at one point during the shooting of the film “Manta Manta – Zwoter Teil”. “During the shoot there was this magical moment where about half of the film – you don’t shoot it chronologically – the original Manta came into the hall,” reported the actor and director of the German Press Agency in Cologne. “And both “Uschi” Tina Ruland and “Klausi” Michael Kessler and I had tears in our eyes. That really surprised me.”

He always wanted to make a sequel to the 1991 cult film “Manta Manta”, but producer Bernd Eichinger (1949-2011) was against it, Schweiger said. “He found the idea totally crap. He said: ‘The manta joke wave is over.’ I then said: ‘Bernd, the wave was over when the film hit the cinemas.’ But he never believed in it . So it dragged on a bit.” “Manta Manta – Second Part” starts on Thursday (March 30) in cinemas.