I had a question about why some German/Austrian actors who played German WW2 military officers/soldiers kept on repeating that type of role as though it is some kind of stereotype but yet they still managed to do a quite a good job in it?
For example, in the 60s, 70s and 80s, we have Hardy Krueger, Maximillian Schell, Wolfgang Preiss, Curt Jurgens, Hans von Borsody to name a few who usually played as German soldiers or officers in WW2 war movies/dramas.
In the 80s, 90s and the 2000s, we have Jurgen Prochnow, Thomas Kretschmann, Christian Berkel, Justus von Dohanyi doing the same thing.
Take Kretschmann for example, he played a German lieutenant in the movie Stalingrad, a submarine commander in the movie U-571, a German officer again in the movie Pianist, a U-Boat first officer in the movie "In Enemy Hands", a German SS general in the movie Der Untergang and now a German general in the upcoming Valkryie.
Christian Berkel also played as a German officer in the movie Der Untergang, Paul Anderson's The Black Book and also in the upcoming Valkyrie.
Thought I would say they did a very good job in it.