3 Sep

Werner Herzog

On September 5th, we celebrate German film director, producer, screenwriter,  actor, and opera director, and all around bat-shit crazy man, Werner Herzog's birthday!


He would be dead by now if death wasn't terrified of him.

Herzog is best known for being crazy. As for his actual work, in the U.S. he's known for his documentary Grizzly Man, about a man so obsessed with bears that he ends up being eaten by one, in the most unintentionally hilarious tragedy ever.


"I have never been one of those who cares about happiness. Happiness is a strange notion. I am just not made for it. It has never been a goal of mine; I do not think in those terms."

Oh yeah, did I mention that one time he was shot during an interview, insisted he was fine, and finished the interview. Did I mention the part about him being freaking shot!?


So, yeah, Herzog is more or less a terminator. Need more proof? How about the consumption of his own shoe? Yes, Werner Herzog once ate his own shoe after losing a bet. He then filmed the experience, and turned it into a short film creatively titled, Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe.


"I shouldn't make movies anymore. I should go to a lunatic asylum."

So it's obvious Werner is not human, but he also insists that other people are not human either, and sets out to prove his theory by having people pull a giant boat over a mountain. In 1982, Werner made a film called Fitzcarraldo about a fringe-lunatic Irishman who has a 320-ton steamship pulled by hand over the mountains of Peru so he can reach a river on the other side. In order to capture this in the most realistic way possible, Werner built a 320-ton boat, and hired locals to pull it by hand  over a Peruvian mountaintop, because special effects can suck it.


He may also be a pirate. 

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