Werner Herzog Cannot Stop Talking About WrestleMania

Werner Herzog Cannot Stop Talking About WrestleMania

2008, The Independent

(When asked for his ideal night out.)

“I never really spend nights out, they’re a bit of a rarity these days. I like attending good soccer matches though, and then heading to the pub for a good beer. I used to be the striker for a very poor 5th division league team. I also really enjoy WrestleMania. Maybe that would be my ideal night out.”

2009, The Guardian

“I watched the Anna Nicole Smith show and now it’s over, so now I watch WrestleMania and things like that, simply because a poet must not avert his eyes. You have to know in which collective world you are living; you cannot isolate yourself, you should not.”

2010, Junket for My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done

“I do watch odd things on television once in a while. Not that I am a fan of WrestleMania. I think as filmmaker, as a poet, you have to know what sort of environment you live. You have to understand the world in which you live. WrestleMania has a couple of strange and interesting sides. And my main take on it is apparently a new, very crude form of drama is emerging. Of course, everything is staged and we have to question what constitutes reality, of course … WrestleMania is only one of those parts of staged realities.”

2011, Intelligence Squared Event

“You must not avert your eyes. This is what is coming at us. This is what a collective anonymous body of majority wants to see on television.”

2011, International Documentary Association

“We are having major shifts in our perception of reality because of the Internet and virtual realities. Even six-year-old children nowadays can say in the movies this was a special effect. And we have artificial realities like WrestleMania or Photoshop or whatever.”

2014, His book, A Guide for the Perplexed

“Our sense of the real world today is massively challenged; I include here reality television, breast enhancement and the carefully choreographed, fake drama of WrestleMania, populated by larger-than-life characters with muscles that nature doesn’t normally provide us with and who take pleasure in telling everyone how unbelievably evil they are.

I love people like Jesse Ventura, who in his wrestling days played the real bad-ass, the California surfer with long blond hair, sunglasses and a bronze tan. He would climb into the ring and shout to the audience, “You assholes, working day in, day out for a few bucks!” A young boy sheepishly walks up to him to ask for an autograph. Jesse rips the notebook into shreds and tramples on it, at which point ten thousand people howl gloriously in unison against him.”

2014, Vice

“I look with great interest at phenomena like WrestleMania.”

2015, The New York Public Library

“I think like [Classical Studies professor] Herb Golder, who is here with us, who has worked with me, who believes that in Wrestlemania there are crude forms of mythology and drama going on, and they’re not in the fights.”

2015, The Daily Beast

“Of course, Sophocles and Euripedes are a very sophisticated high culture form of it. But I do believe, and there is some evidence, that they had very crude origins which are not unlike the stories, the drama—the invented drama—around Wrestlemania.”

2019, The Portal podcast

“I liked Jesse Ventura, who used to be a bodyguard of the Rolling Stones and he used to be a studio wrestler who played the bad guy in the ring. Completely stylized. And he became Governor of Minnesota. And I always liked him for his down-to-earth approach. And he said once, about his time in the ring as a wrestler, one of those WrestleMania people, and he said ‘win if you can, lose if you must, but always cheat.’ I really like him for that.”

I tremble to think what will happen when he discovers Vanderpump Rules.


Source : Gabriella Paiella Link

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