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YMMV / Werner Herzog

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  • Awesome Music: Nearly every film features at least one example. For a while German electronic avant-garde band Popol Vuh provided most of his scores.
  • Crazy Awesome: Klaus Kinski's antics on his movies' sets. And that doesn't begin to scratch the surface of the other things he has done.
  • Funny Moments:
    • In his videos on, he shares that while making Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, he visited another film set nearby and was outraged to see a studio suit having an angry phone conversation right in the middle of Forest Whitaker's eyeline in the middle of shooting. After the scene finished, he asked Whitaker "How did you resist grabbing a shovel and murdering him from behind like a coward?"
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    • His response to anyone who takes issue with his occasionally bending the truth in his documentaries: "You're all losers. Happy New Year!"
    • Calling the people who keep trying to drum up hate for his films "unpaid stooges" thanks to how they inevitably just make more people aware he has a new one coming out.
  • He Also Did: He acted in protegé Harmony Korine's Julien Donkey-Boy and Mister Lonely, and played the Big Bad in Jack Reacher, fulfilling a lifelong dream of playing a Bond villain-like character on film. Most recently, he's been cast in The Mandalorian.
  • Moment of Awesome:
    • Most famously in Fitzcarraldo: The characters in the film drag a 320 ton (290 metric ton) steamboat over the land. This was done using methods that were actually more difficult than the actual event. Mocked in his film Incident at Loch Ness.
      • Les Blank's documentary Burden of Dreams really impresses the sheer magnitude of this task upon its viewers.
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    • Herzog got shot in the stomach with an air rifle in LA during an interview and just brushed it off to continue the interview in a sound studio with no medical aid.
    • He prides himself greatly in how throughout his long career filled with Scenery Porn and often Troubled Production, he's never once gone over-budget, crediting it to doing an overview of where the budget is going at the start of each day and quickly putting a stop to anything using too much.


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