Herzog Shot During Interview~!!


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.”

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  1. […] Grizzly Man (among many many other films) director Werner Herzog has been up to some odd things. So he was apparently shot with an airgun during a recent interview. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any collaborating articles on this. From the same source we learn that Herzog helped Joaquin Phoenix when he wrecked his car. The actor says, “I remember this knocking on the passenger window. There was this German voice saying, ‘Just relax.’ There’s the airbag, I can’t see and I’m saying, ‘I’m fine. I am relaxed. Finally, I rolled down the window and this head pops inside. And he said, ‘No, you’re not.’ […]

  2. yak sox says:

    Oh wow, I’m so confused. So was that actually werner herzog doing the grizzly man .mov, or was it a parody of him?

  3. yak sox says:

    Wait. I just read your previous entry. I’d only seen the parody — I didn’t know there was a real Herzog.

  4. jp says:

    heh – I can understand that the real herzog might seem somewhat fantastical ;- )

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