Despite the thousands of tales about the lengths to which filmmakers go over the course of a production, there's no doubt Werner Herzog is among the most insane movie directors in the history of cinema. Here you shall find a few of the most buckwild Herzog tales ever told.
Herzog considers filmmaking a contact sport. He demands his crew be in tip-top shape and willing to risk their lives. He doesn’t like to work in a studio, he wants the perils of a dangerous environment to invoke spontaneity. He lives for the challenge of the elements, feeling a controlled environment kills an actor’s performance. The unhinged German auteur makes films he believes are meaningful, ones that criticize humanity and force the audience to question everything.
Many of Herzog's films created so much behind-the-scenes movie drama they deserved their own making-of documentary. From plotting to kill one of his actors, to filming a volcano about to erupt, to hypnotizing his entire cast; wildman Werner Herzog will stop at nothing to finish a film.
There are so many legendary, confirmed tales about the prolific German director. Read about all the crazy Werner Herzog stories below, then let us know your favorites in the comments section.
His Plot To Murder Friend And Collaborator Klaus Kinski Was Thwarted By A Dog
He Threatened To Shoot Kinski Then Himself If The Actor Walked Away From Aguirre
His Crew Pulled A 360-Ton Boat Over A Mountain On A Shoot Where Someone Lost A Foot
He Got Shot During An Interview And Quipped "It Is Not a Significant Bullet"
He Hypnotizes Chickens And Fears "The Enormity Of Their Flat Brains"
He's Way Into WrestleMania, Calling It "Evil Uninterrupted By Commercials"