Feature

Herzog’s boundless dedication

Werner Herzog is prepared to suffer anything for his art, says Richard Grant in the London Telegraph. “Contrary to what people believe about me, I am not a reckless madman,” says the German director . . .

Werner Herzog is prepared to suffer anything for his art, says Richard Grant in the London Telegraph. “Contrary to what people believe about me, I am not a reckless madman,” says the German director, best known for the film Grizzly Man. “But I do seem to attract misfortunes.” One of his most memorable mishaps occurred while filming in Antarctica. “An 800-pound snowmobile came after me and rolled all over me and left me smarting for five weeks. Apart from that, everything went smoothly.” Once, during the making of Even Dwarfs Started Small, one of his dwarf actors caught fire. Herzog threw himself onto the burning actor to put out the flames. Then he told the cast, “If all of you get out of this film unscathed, I am going to jump in the cacti.” When the time came, he took a flying leap into a patch of 7-foot-high cacti with 3-inch spines. Deeply impaled in several places, he carried some of the spines in his body for years. “People make too much of that. It was nothing, a gesture of sharing, something to entertain the actors.” Undoubtedly, his worst experiences came during the filming of Fitzcarraldo in South America. “We had two plane crashes. We had a border war break out between Peru and Ecuador. We had fires. We had a man bitten by a poisonous snake. Fortunately, we had the presence of mind to cut off his foot with a chain saw or he would have died.”

Recommended

10 things you need to know today: June 22, 2021
Ebrahim Raisi
Daily briefing

10 things you need to know today: June 22, 2021

Philippines' Duterte warns he'll jail people who refuse the COVID-19 vaccine
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on a visit to China.
that's one idea

Philippines' Duterte warns he'll jail people who refuse the COVID-19 vaccine

Iran's president-elect says he won't meet with Biden
Ebrahim Raisi.
all eyes on iran

Iran's president-elect says he won't meet with Biden

Olympics to allow up to 10,000 Japanese spectators
Olympic Rings
Tokyo Olympics

Olympics to allow up to 10,000 Japanese spectators

Most Popular

Covering for Trump?
Merrick Garland and Donald Trump.
Picture of Ryan CooperRyan Cooper

Covering for Trump?

7 toons about the Dems' Joe Manchin problem
Political Cartoon.
Feature

7 toons about the Dems' Joe Manchin problem

Bernie Sanders wants to know if cannabis reporter is 'stoned' right now
Bernie Sanders.
Sounds dope

Bernie Sanders wants to know if cannabis reporter is 'stoned' right now