You’re Welcome, World: Werner Herzog Talks About Pro Wrestling

It’s easy to ramble on for a couple hundred pages (or blog posts) about how amazing German filmmaker Werner Herzog is, and that’s before you even get to discussing any of his finished films.  The man has forced actors to work at gunpoint, ate a shoe Charlie Chaplin-style when he lost a bet, was shot while giving an interview*, and even hypnotized Joaquin Phoenix into surviving a car crash.

*By the way, remember a second ago when I said he was shot while giving an interview?  Well–and this part is important, so pay attention–he didn’t stop giving the interview.  Not while being shot at.  Not after having been shot.  Not while having a doctor remove the bullet from his body and patch up the wound.  Herzog promised the reporter an interview and that was all there was to it.

“Okay, Rick,” I can hear you thinking.  “We already know that Herzog is secretly an emissary of the Time Lords, his quirky ways the natural result of understanding and processing the world on a level not yet matched by any human thought.  That’s old hat.  But what does he think of professional wrestling?”

And I am oh so glad you asked, because, as part of an interview promoting a film that has absolutely nothing to do with professional wrestling, Herzog recently took a few moments to discuss his opinions of professional wrestling.  Check out the video after the jump.

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Frankly, if Herzog was thrown into a steel cage match with Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart, my money just might be on Herzog.

Herzog and Kinski
Seriously, Kinski couldn't even get Herzog to blink.

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