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Kaya Yanar

Mr. Yanar, in your first film "Agent Ranjid saves the world" you play the Indian cleaning man Ranjid. You yourself are of Turkish origin, did you deliberately not take a Turkish figure?
How so? Bouncer Hakan also appears, but Ranjid is the most lovable of my characters, actually still a child. Everyone can identify with that.

They like to play with nationalities and clichés, slip into different roles as a doorman Hakan, macho Francesco or fortune teller Olga. How do foreigners react to you?
Some people complain that my compatriots do not appear at all, Afghans for example. I am always testing new characters in my stage programs, playing Chinese, Dutch, Norwegians, Turks, Italians. Actually, you've only made it when you end up in my program. (laughs)

In 2001 you showed a parody of the Madonna video from "American Pie", waved a huge Turkish flag instead of Stars & Stripes and used an actress who was dressed in a full-body veil. Were there any threats as a result?
Yes, there were threats. Religion is sacred to many people. Since then, I've been thinking to myself: Be considerate. That also means treating religions equally and not joking about Christianity just because they are more tolerant. You never know if you might make a wrong statement and hurt people with it. So I'll leave it.

The film “Innocence of Muslims” and numerous Mohammed cartoons sparked violent protests in the Arab world. Can you make fun of the Prophet?
Personally, I was not raised religiously and I am not sensitive about that. I also laugh at religious jokes or at Monty Python's "The Life of Brian". But I realized early on that religion is a minefield.

Have you censored yourself?
I haven't censored myself, I'm just not looking in this field. I have enough idiotic ideas buzzing around in my head. You can go into culture, tradition, language and appearance. I don't miss religion as a topic at all.

Are you interested in the topic privately?
Yes very. I deal a lot with different religions such as Hinduism or atheism. Of course I am watching the worldwide development, I have also just read Richard Dawkins ‘“ Der Gotteswahn ”. It is remarkable how much mankind has developed medically and technically in the last thousand years, only as far as religion is concerned, nothing has changed in the mind. There is no development whatsoever. One ignites, the other reacts, that's how it always was and that's how it is today.

Can humor even make a difference in this area?
I guess so. In Germany, people usually keep a low profile politically correct. But there are international comedy colleagues, e.g. British or American, who don't know anything about that. Some people do it with the mallet method, which I don't find very clever. Basically there must be humor in this area too, the only question is when, where, by whom.

For example, would you go as far as Sacha Baron Cohen in his films?
Probably not. For what? For international attention? I enjoy my career. But I don't feel like running around with bodyguards all the time.

And a parody of a terrorist, is that possible?
Terrorists are a form of extremism and not a religious group, we all understand that. You can definitely joke about them. We once had a clumsy terrorist duo who kept blowing up the wrong things. But then the broadcaster went on strike, it was too hot for them.

Aside from religion, what topics would you not touch?
I don't see any comedy potential when it comes to topics like illness, death and disasters. Jay Leno once explained it well: “When a Boeing 747 crashes, the humor stops for me. But if you nearly had crashed, everyone was saved and the pilot was drunk, then I'll go for it. ”If the disaster really occurs, the comedian is unemployed. Rightly.

I realized early on that religion is a minefield.

Terrorists can definitely be joked about.

Some people complain that their compatriots do not appear in my stage program at all, Afghans for example.

Kaya Yanar

Your colleagues in Germany seem to see it similarly, with the possible exception of Harald Schmidt ...
Harald Schmidt is completely painless. When entire lives died in the east during the flood of the century in 2002, he didn't give a shit. I can still remember how he said, "When you see what furniture and clothes are floating by, it's a nice thing that you can start all over again."

Attempts have been made several times to bring German comedy stars to the screen, and not every attempt has been successful. Is the height of fall higher in film than in television?
I am aware that few have made the step from TV to the film business. In a film you need a good story and entertaining characters. You can't do 90 minutes of slapstick. Of course, I hope that the audience will like my film, because I would love to do one again, and that's easier when the first one went well.

What is the message of your film?
I like crazy characters, comics, Tom and Jerry or animated films like "Shrek". "Agent Ranjid" is colorful, with lots of action, explosions, and fights. Just don't get bored. I don't want a pure dialogue comedy. The message is, this is my humor.

It is said that turning you felt like a kid in a playground ...
I was really like a kid thinking, "Wow"! Months ago I had the idea that Hakan would use a satellite to kill eight Dutch hooligans with a dance choreography. Or a chase on a roller coaster on foot. And suddenly there is money for it, and it really gets turned around.

Does it annoy you that your film is being compared to James Bond pastiche like "Johnny English"?
In every genre, be it romance or comedy, you have the problem that everything was somehow already there. Of course I know Johnny English's timing and slapstick, the bizarre characters of an Austin Power, the stupid humor and the stupid sayings of "The Naked Cannon". But Bollywood never appeared in that form. Our film is definitely new.

Director Martin Campbell changed some typical Bond scenes in "Casino Royale", e.g. the Martini question "Shaken or stirred", to which Bond replies, "Do I look as if that interests me?" Is the real Bond becoming too arbitrary?
Yes, there is a risk. The zeitgeist has changed. Sean Connery, my dearest Bond, and Roger Moore were chauvinistic womanizers. Today it is not far to “Mission Impossible” or the “Bourne Identity”. Actually, the bonds only live from myth. Still, I like Daniel Craig and the way he interprets Bond.

How much "Agent Ranjid" is in you?
Very much. I'm also a bit clumsy, loyal and stupid, still a bit of a child and hopefully a decent guy. I have a big heart for animals and don't eat meat. If we weren't so alike, I wouldn't be able to play him like that. I'm just not asexual. (laughs)

Can we look forward to Bond girls?
Yeah sure! Hakan got a delicious girl ...

And there's no love story with Agent Ranjid?
Yes, with Benytha.

His cow ...
Yes. Our cow was Hilde from Hanover. I admired her very much for her patience while shooting. She has a lot to do in the film! (laughs)

And the nifty villain who can't be missing?
Is a Dutchman. I love the Dutch, but I can't take their language seriously. This villain has no authority at all, it's very weird.

Charlie Chaplin once said, "Filmmakers should keep in mind that all of their films will be shown to them again on Judgment Day."
(laughs) I love Agent Ranjid, so I'm looking forward to Judgment Day.

Kaya Yanar was born in 1973 as the son of immigrants of Turkish origin in Frankfurt am Main. He became known to the general public through his award-winning comedy show “Was puckst du?” (Sat.1), in which he was more familiar with the clichés