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Kruger reveals Asperger's challenge

Diane Kruger has revealed the challenges of playing a detective with Asperger's Syndrome in her first TV role.

The German beauty hit the red carpet in Los Angeles to promote The Bridge, based on the Scandinavian drama of the same name.

In the original series, police officers from Denmark and Sweden work together to catch a killer who dumped a body on the bridge between both countries.

In the new version, which will air on FX in the US, Diane plays an American detective who has to team up with a Mexican counterpart to track down a serial killer operating on both sides of the border.

"I saw the original which totally got me hooked, especially on my character because she is so weird at first," Diane revealed.

"You wonder what is going on with her and you keep watching and see she is so mysterious. For an actress to play someone with Asperger's is a golden part."

But the Inglourious Basterds actress said playing a character with the condition came with a certain number of challenges.

"Obviously it effects a lot more people that we think and you never want it to be an affectation or comic relief or something that becomes distracting. It's a lot to take on because every morning I'm trying to get my head round the challenges they face every day with every word they say."

Walking the red carpet in a green Jonathan Saunders gown accompanied by her Dawson's Creek star boyfriend Joshua Jackson, Diane said the cast and crew were keen to portray an authentic representation of Mexico.

"There is a real effort to portray Mexico as accurately as we can and not a Hollywood cliche and hopefully the people of Mexico will feel properly represented."

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