Celebrated filmmaker Werner Herzog makes for the most unexpected and interesting of the cast members in the new “The Mandalorian” series.
Herzog doesn’t act much but when he does, such as playing the villain in “Jack Reacher,” people sit up and take notice. Herzog stars in a small but key role in the new “Star Wars” live-action series and has a scene in the first episode which was released earlier today.
Speaking with Variety about his involvement, he says he knows why series creator-writer-producer Jon Favreau approached him about the role:
“I think there are two reasons: One, he has seen some of my performances as an actor and is completely convinced that I should be part of his new series. Second, I think it’s a bit of an homage to my films and to my storytelling and to my way of putting emphasis on world stories, fever dreams in the jungle, quasi-science fiction stories. I think he sees a kindred spirit in me.”
Herzog admits he doesn’t know what other films Favreau has made and has never seen a “Star Wars” film. In fact, Herzog doesn’t watch much in the year, and what he does might surprise you:
“I do, I watch the news from different sources. Sometimes I see things that are completely against my cultural nature. I was raised with Latin and Ancient Greek and poetry from Greek antiquity, but sometimes, just to see the world I live in, I watch ‘WrestleMania.’
You have to know what a good amount of the population is watching. Do not underestimate the Kardashians. As vulgar as they may be, it doesn’t matter that much, but you have to find some sort of orientation. As I always say, the poet must not close his eyes, must not avert them.”
He also says he’s not signed up for Disney+, in fact he’s only got one streaming platform – Criterion. Check out a clip of Herzog’s work on the show below.