File under aye-couldn’t-have-scripted-it-carumba: via the impressively moustacchioed Aleks of Aleks & the Ramps, with whom I recently enjoyed Herzog’s ‘The White Diamond’ ( a tale of an obsessive character trying to build a jungle airship), this news of Herzog being snipered mid-interview~!
By WENN|Friday, February 03, 2006
HOLLYWOOD – German director Werner Herzog was shot by a crazed fan during a recent interview with the BBC. The 63-year-old was chatting with movie journalist Mark Kermode about his documentary Grizzly Man, when a sniper opened fire with an air rifle.
Kermode explains, “I thought a firecracker had gone off.
“Herzog, as if it was the most normal thing in the world, said, ‘Oh, someone is shooting at us. We must go.’
“He had a bruise the size of a snooker ball, with a hole in. He just carried on with the interview while bleeding quietly in his boxer shorts.”
An unrepentant Herzog insisted, “It was not a significant bullet. I am not afraid.”
And of course, walking magnet to weird events that he is, Herzog recently found himself helping Joaquin Phoenix from a car wreckage in Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood.
“And suddenly I said to myself, ‘That’s Werner Herzog!’ There’s something so calming and beautiful about Werner Herzog’s voice. I felt completely fine and safe. I climbed out. I got out of the car and I said, ‘Thank you,’ and he was gone.”