2.21.2006

All Herzog, all the time

One day after news broke of his pulling Joaquin Phoenix from a wrecked car, Werner Herzog was shot in the belly during an interview with a journalist from the BBC. All was well, as it was an air rifle that got him, but his reaction is priceless:

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. [sic] 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."
Two notes: I'm not sure what Werner should be repentant for, and does anyone know what a snooker ball is?

1 comment:

Andrew said...

I'm pretty sure it's euro pool ball(probably smaller). I think snooker has lots of red balls and lots of rules that I'm sure appeal to people with a 3000 page constitution and I'm pretty sure Paul Newmann doesn't play but Tom Cruise does. It's what they were playing in "Eyes Wide Shut". There's a wikipedia article on the subject, but I'm not going to read it.