Herzog is a miserable, hateful, malevolent, avaricious, money-hungry, nasty, sadistic, treacherous, cowardly creep…he should be thrown alive to the crocodiles! An anaconda should strangle him slowly! A poisonous spider should sting him and paralyze his lungs! The most venomous serpent should bite him and make his brain explode! No — panther claws should rip open his throat — that would be much too good for him! Huge red ants should piss into his lying eyes and gobble up his balls and his guts! He should catch the plague! Syphilis! Yellow fever! Leprosy! It’s no use; the more I wish him the most gruesome deaths, the more he haunts me
-Klaus Kinski in Kinski Uncut : The Autobiography of Klaus Kinski (1997)
Before I begin to talk about the more recent news regarding director Werner Herzog, I think it’s important for me to tell you why this German filmmaker should be on your radar. Besides directing films such as Grizzly Man, Fitzcaralldo, Aguire: Wrath of God, he is absolutely fascinating to listen to and
1. He was shot mid-interview and continued with the interview anyway. You can find the video proof HERE.
2. He lost a bet against documentary fillmaker Errol Morris and ate his shoe when he lost the bet.
3. He and I share a mutual dislike for chickens, describing them as “frightening for me because their stupidity is so flat. You look into the eyes of a chicken and you lose yourself in a completely flat, frightening stupidity. They are like a great metaphor for me… I kind of love chicken, but they frighten me more than any other animal.”
There is so much more about him (like him reading Where’s Waldo), that I URGE you to look up more information about him. I guarantee he will become your new favorite person.
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