Based on a true story, The Monuments Men tells the tale of seven museum directors and art historians who braved the frontlines of WWII to rescue some of the world’s most valuable artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves.

Dimitri Leonidas plays Sam Epstein, a soldier recruited by Frank Stokes (George Clooney) for his ability to drive and speak German. The character was inspired by real-life Monuments Man Harry Ettlinger, and we were lucky enough to sit down with them ahead of the film’s UK release this week.

In the course of the interview Leonidas talks about the importance of getting the character right and which Clooney film he would liked to have been a part of, whilst Ettlinger tells us some of the differences between his real-life experiences and the cinematic account.

The Monuments Men is out in UK cinemas on February 14. Read our review here.