Interview: Uwe Boll Talks Postal, Kevin Costner, and Answers Reader Mail
Talking video game movies, moneymaking, and more with the German filmmaker.
Have you thought of just going the direct-to-DVD route?
UB: Not with King, it was too big. But other movies -- Seed, my upcoming horror movie, is definitely going direct to DVD. We showed it in a few festivals, it's a very depressing horror movie, but it makes no sense to spend $10, $15 million dollars for a release of a NC-17 movie -- because I don't want to cut it, it's NC-17 -- so I don't do it, the movie stays as it is. I prefer to have the direct to DVD release before cutting it down to an R-rating and then getting, maybe, bad reviews.
Ryze asks, "Would you consider making a movie of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City?"
UB: It would be great, but I heard that the game guys want to play the lead parts in the movie. This is one of the reasons the movie never got made, because they actually want to star in the movies. (Laughs) The producers are like, "Look; you're a f***ing geek! You will be the hero in the movie? We cannot do it." So it's one of the reasons it's maybe never getting made.
thereign asks, "How in the name of all that is holy do you actually manage to get KNOWN actors (Ray Liotta, Dave Foley, Jason Statham, John Rhys Davies--JOHN F***ING RHYS DAVIES, for God's sake!!!) to work in your films?"
UB: We don't offer so much money, but we shoot fast. And we also go very late to actors so they don't have another option -- you go two weeks before the shoot to Ben Kingsley and he has nothing, he takes it. You cannot go with BloodRayne in advance; Ben Kingsley will never take it. All genre movies -- people do it for money, but also for, like, "Ok, right now I have a gap; I'll do it."
You've been compared by some to Ed Wood; how do you feel about that comparison?
UB: Look, Ed Wood fulfilled his dreams; he went out there and made movies with no money; I have more money to make movies, but...I'm okay with whomever they compare me with. In the end, after Postal I know what's coming out for me -- I have Seed and Tunnel Rats, a Vietnam War movie, and so on. I know what I did, and in five years, people will talk differently.
Do you consider yourself more of a businessman or a director?
UB: I have to do both to keep going. This was the whole Michael Bay dispute, why I bashed him; if a guy gets always money pumped in his ass from the studios, and can do whatever he wants, and is not even on set where they shoot the real scenes from his movie because the CGI and second unit teams are doing it...I was pissed about this kind of approach; this guy has no responsibility. And I'm responsible, that's the reason all my movies come in on time on budget, which is totally the opposite of what the public thinks of me. Writing about me, I'm the worst, and a retard, whatever. But who did 12 movies in seven years on time, in budget, distributed it worldwide and financed the movies? Name one other guy in the business who did that. And this is the thing what I think a lot of people should at least show respect for that. Because if you see In the Name of the King, it's not that movie that, let's say 90 percent of the movies coming out are way smaller, with way less cast, and way worse in filmmaking in the technical sense -- but I do all that shit on my own! I don't have a CGI guy directing my movie.
Now, Michael Bay has denied accepting your boxing challenge, but have you sought out Eli Roth or George Clooney to spar with you?
UB: I don't care -- whoever comes into the ring gets beaten up. No, but I think Eli Roth reacted with humor. And you have to see, I said that out of an impulse; it was not like I thought about it a long time before. I wanted to give sh** to all of Hollywood at that moment, so I grabbed those three names. I think that actually Eli Roth is a talented director, even if he made Hostel -- it's not my favorite. And George Clooney made great movies, but I think he was in my mind because Leatherheads started on that weekend. And I felt like, what a bullsh** movie from him! I love Syriana, I love Michael Clayton. I think he's a great actor.
Tell our readers why they should see Postal this weekend instead of Indiana Jones.
UB: They should definitely see Postal because I will have on Rotten Tomatoes, the first time in my career, a 55 percent or up positive reviews rating...and don't put the faces up of some Internet "Quint" from Ain'tItCool.com or whatever, don't feature him on Rotten Tomatoes. Go for other web sites also, like Bloody-Disgusting.com -- they love Postal.
[By the way, it's 60 percent or higher for a Fresh Tomatometer, Uwe. But we're rooting for you!]
Postal is in select theaters today. Check out Uwe Boll's Five Favorite Movies here.