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Udo Kier

Udo Kier

Birthday: 14 October 1944, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Birth Name: Udo Kierspe
Height: 180 cm

Udo Kier was born October 14, 1944 in Cologne, Germany, during World War II. His entrance was just as dramatic as some of his roles. On the evening of his birth Udo's mother requested extra time ...Show more

Udo Kier
I think to be the devil you have to be angel. Only an angel can play the devil because the devil was Show more I think to be the devil you have to be angel. Only an angel can play the devil because the devil was a fallen angel. Hide
(2010, on My Own Private Idaho) I was in Berlin, and I saw a film by the name of Mala Noche. And I t Show more (2010, on My Own Private Idaho) I was in Berlin, and I saw a film by the name of Mala Noche. And I thought "Wow. Wow, wow, wow. How independent can you get?" Then I went to a party and I met Gus Van Sant. He came to me and he said, "You know, you are one of my favorite actors. I'm making a movie with River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves, and I would like that you play, if you like, Hans." Of course, if you're German, your name in films is always Hans. Simple. If you make a film in Japan, your name is Hans-man. I thought, "Ah, I like him." Very intelligent man... So I said, "Okay. Here's my address." A couple of weeks later, I got- this was not the time of e-mail, and not even faxes. So he sent me the script, I read the script, and I was scared, I was so scared, thinking, "I have to go to bed with Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix?" My friends back in Germany said, "Fuck you! They are teenage idols in America! Every American actor would love to be able to do that!" Then I wrote Gus back. I love Gus, because he's the one who got me my work permit, and he's the reason that I'm living in America... So it was very funny, and I said, "Okay, I'm coming." I wrote him saying, "I just found a suitcase at a flea market, and Hans should have a suitcase." I brought all my clothes, and I said to him, "Hans should be always dressed very high, should cover his body," because I knew I had to be naked to have sex with Keanu Reeves. Amazing to have sex with Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix! So I came to Idaho, and I was sitting in a restaurant with Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix, and Gus introduced me, and River was amazing. He said, "Hans, sit next to me!" And Keanu didn't understand anything. Anyway, to make the story short, I made the film and I had a great time. Hide
Audition is the worst thing. It's like cleaning furniture in a department store. Audition is the worst thing. It's like cleaning furniture in a department store.
(2010) Shadow of the Vampire was a film we shot in Luxembourg with Willem Dafoe, and Malkovich playi Show more (2010) Shadow of the Vampire was a film we shot in Luxembourg with Willem Dafoe, and Malkovich playing Murnau, and I played the producer, Albin Grau. It was with Eddie Izzard, some very interesting British actors in it. Personally, I'm not an ensemble actor, because it's always a lot of ego when you're all together in the scene. It's kind of intellectual fighting for something. But it was very good, and I was only jealous that I didn't play the vampire, Nosferatu, which Willem Dafoe played, and he was nominated for the Oscar for his performance, which was an amazing performance. But the actor's always as good as the stories are. And so many important things, there is the light, there is the costumes, the makeup, there's the text, there's so many elements which the actor himself cannot control. But the script is the most important thing. First of all the story, and then you go from there. You know, it's like you stand in the kitchen, and say are we making a fish or do we grill a steak? And you go from there... Shadow Of The Vampire was an okay film. You never know. I made so many films I thought were great and they turned out horrible, and I made films I did not believe in at all, and Shadow of the Vampire was one of these films I did not believe in during the shooting. And then when I saw it I was surprised what they had made out of it. They edited for quite a long time. I like Willem. I did with Willem Manderlay, and I did with Willem My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done, last year, a David Lynch production. And he's a wonderful actor, a good actor and a wonderful person. Hide
(2010, on Barb Wire) So I got a call, and they said, "Would you be interested in making a movie with Show more (2010, on Barb Wire) So I got a call, and they said, "Would you be interested in making a movie with Pamela Anderson?" I said, "Of cou-u-urse! Any time!" So the first day of shooting I knocked at her trailer-which was enormous, as big as her breasts. So I knock and I hear from inside: "Hello? Come in!" So I stepped in the trailer and she was at least 25 feet away from me. So I went there and took both hands around her waist, which was like a transvestite, so small, and I said, "Wow! How amazing!" And I kissed her. When I touched her, all the producers, they fly to the wall because they thought she was going to hit me, and thinking, "How horrible! That foreign, German piece of shit is coming in my trailer!" And she loved it. I stepped out of the trailer, and the assistant was there and I said, "Send her 50 roses from me." Then we became friends, and I went to the director and I said, "I don't want too many directions on how to act with her. Can I just smell her in the film? Doesn't matter how far from me, let me just go like [sniffs deeply]." I smell her from far or from close. That was for me the only direction I could think of, because I could never be stronger than the biggest sex symbol of America. So I had to think of something... We had a beautiful scene. When the director asked me to be in the film, I said, "Okay, I'm going to shave my hair!" He said, "Would you really do that?" I said "Yeah!" I had so much hair, it's ridiculous. So I shaved my hair and the film started and I had a wig on, and she took two fingers and took my wig and said, "Curly, I don't think so!" And she swung my wig away. And that was our opening, which was amazing! There are certain people who I worked with, Pamela Anderson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, they are figures. And they know this. They don't pretend to be good actors. They were made by the industry into figures. Hide
Werner Herzog, I knew him for so many years, when [Rainer Werner Fassbinder] was at his highest mome Show more Werner Herzog, I knew him for so many years, when [Rainer Werner Fassbinder] was at his highest moment. But we had a rule: An actor from Fassbinder could never work with an actor of Werner Herzog or Wim Wenders. Because if we would have done that, we would have been spies. AAh, you worked with Werner - how was it? How did he direct you? I was Fassbinder's actor. Hide
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