Whatever he does, he does with passion – be it acting, cooking or smoking cigars.
“I prefer to smoke a good cigar when I am fishing,” says the actor Fritz Karl. “These meditative moments in nature I like to enjoy in the Austrian homeland”.
That’s where I can relax perfectly after days of filming. The television actor prefers to smoke Robusto formats and likes to experiment. I am not fixated on brands, he says. I often used to like smoking Portages; I was more oriented toward Habanos. But today I really appreciate the excellent Davidoff No.1 and I try long fillers from all good growing regions.
Fritz Karl has mainly made his name with his character parts, which are mostly at home in the crime genre. He is known by the TV audiences as an inspector in films. In 2011 Karl won a Romy, the Austrian television prize, for favourite actor.
“Due to the strict laws that protect non-smokers, you are not allowed to enjoy a smoke anymore, even during longer breaks”.
Fritz Karl happily remembers his roles in various historical films. Real cigars were used then.
A few years ago, I played the Rudolf adversary, also a royal character. Part of the costume was a cigar, which played an important role. The dialogs were about war and peace and were shot while we pleasurably puffed away.
I had a wonderful premium long filler. On set up till now, with cigars they haven’t had to resort to herbfillers long fillers yet. Thank goodness for that, let’s hope it stays that way, says the actor optimistically. In one of his last roles, he played an eccentric, star awarded chef.
Being a passionate hobby cook, this role was just written for me, says Fritz Karl, whose parents used to run a tavern. In the TV comedy, he skilfully turns himself into a culinary artist who is at loggerheads with a restaurant critic.
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Fritz Karl lives with his life partner , the actress Elena Uhlig, and his children in an old farmhouse in his Upper Austrian home country. We are avidly self sufficient. We keep chickens, eat salad from my mother’s vegetable garden and also have lambs that are slaughtered on our property. So I always have fresh ingredients for my passion, which is cooking. For filming the actor sought out culinary inspiration from Michelin starred chef Holger Stromberf in his Munich restaurant.
Together with the chef of the German national football team, Fritz Karl has also been a star guest on the Davidoff Tour Gastronomique, which invites passionals to pleasure soiree with four course menus and cigars.
When the actor cooks at home he appreciates larded venison, which stews over hay for five hours, taking on its aromas. A Davidoff Pro d’Oro goes magnificently with the dish, Fritz Karl recommends.
When asked about his dream role with a cigar, he is quick to answer. “The scenario has to take place somewhere in South America. I can well imagine playing a plantation owner”. Fitting with his character would be a fine long filler that constantly accompanies him like an alter ego.