Fast forward to the 47 second mark if you want to cut straight to the action.
Werner Herzog moved to the United States in the mid 1990s. He tried living in San Francisco, but found it “too chic and leisurely.” He gave thought to New York, but realized it is “only a place to go [to] if you’re into finances.” Looking for “a place of cultural substance,” he ended up in Los Angeles. The city is “raw, uncouth and bizarre,” but it’s a place of substance,” he concluded.
By 2006, Herzog discovered that L.A. also has a little danger going for it. During an interview with BBC critic Mark Kermode, the filmmaker took a shot from an unknown gunman armed with an air rifle. No matter. Kermode and Herzog quickly relocated and continued the interview. The unflappable Herzog shrugged off the shooting, simply saying “It was not a significant bullet. I am not afraid.”
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