Diane Kruger gets tougher roles

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Liam Neeson and Diane Kruger star in this 2011 mystery thriller directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. Following a car crash, Dr. Martin Harris (Neeson) emerges from a coma only to find that someone has stolen his identity. Nobody believes him, including his wife (played by January Jones) whose on the arm of another man. With the help of a young woman (Kruger), Dr. Harris sets out to prove who he is. Based on the French novel "Out of My Head" by Didier van Cauwelaert.
February 25th, 2011

Diane Kruger reckons starring in 'Inglourious Basterds' made Hollywood realise she is a tough girl.

The German born ex-model said her role in the Quentin Tarantino World War II film - where she plays a straight talking German actress secretly working with the Allies - has helped her avoid being typecast as a romantic interest for male leads.

Speaking about her latest role as a Bosnian taxi driver in action film 'Unknown', she said: "I feel like before 'Inglourious Basterds', in America, they would've probably offered me the part played by January Jones in the film, because that's a more obvious part for me to play.

"So I loved it that they offered me this. It's cool to think they said, 'Illegal Bosnian immigrant taxi driver - let's get Diane Kruger!' I'm not sure that would've been the obvious thing before.

"I think I was perceived as such a European, dainty, pretty actress."

Diane, 34, also revealed her character - who helps co-star Liam Neeson's character when he wakes up after an accident to realise no-one recognises him and his identity has been stolen - has had a traumatic past.

She added to The Independent newspaper: "Obviously, this is not the kind of movie that is going to go into any deep detail. But we learn that she's watched her entire family be assassinated.

"And I just thought it was interesting in a movie like this - a genre film - to have a little bit of a social background."