He is definitely one of the most famous German entertainers and comedians and so it wasn´t a big surprise when the news came up that he started a musical in Düsseldorf with the title "Kein Pardon!". I was sent there to visit the rehearsals and to make portraits of Hape. The only thing that was kind of surprising to me was when he told me a cigarette before the photo shoot, that he actually doesn´t like being photographed. What a relief that his press agent came to me after our session and said: I never heard him say that before, but he just told me that he kind of liked it today. That was funny, he said. And she looked at me with eyes wide open as if she couldn´t believe it.
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