On Saturday Joshua Kimmich played with FC Bayern in the Bundesliga against FC Augsburg, on Sunday evening he could be seen on television in a completely different role – the national player had a small appearance in Munich's "Tatort".
There Kimmich played the fitness trainer and influencer Kenny, in whose gym a murder victim trained before his death. Commissioner Kalli Hammermann (Ferdinand Hofer) therefore pays him a visit to inquire about a list of all visitors. Kimmich grumpily mixes himself a smoothie, slurps the drink and lets the investigator rebuff. Not a spectacular scene, but the Bayern star did the dialogue confidently.
"It was very interesting to be on the set and to experience it first hand - the processes, the events and the work. Then playing a small role myself was really fun. Kalli, with whom the scene is, and I have complemented us very well," said Kimmich before the "Tatort" broadcast. He himself likes to watch the crime series with his wife.
Kimmich's foray into acting provoked mixed reactions from audiences. "I've seen worse actors than Joshua Kimmich," someone wrote on Twitter, where each "crime scene" is widely commented on. Others were not so impressed by the performance: "Kimmich will probably go away empty-handed at the Oscars tonight." Someone who needs to know is of course Ferdinand Hofer, with whom the Bayern soccer player played the scene – and he only had good things to say: "I think he played the fitness coach Kenny with absolute confidence," he attested to Kimmich.
Incidentally, Kimmich is not the first football celebrity to give a guest performance in the "crime scene". In 2011, the then national coach Joachim Löw and DFB manager Oliver Bierhoff played in one episode. One of Löw's predecessors was also allowed to make a small appearance in 1999: the sentence "Give the rabbit an extra carrot" by Berti Vogts is legendary.
Sources: "Tatort" / Das Erste / Youtube