03 February 2006

As some of you may have heard, Joaquin Phoenix overturned his car last week in an accident on Laurel Canyon. Here's what happened next:
"I remember this knocking on the passenger window," said Phoenix. "There was this German voice saying, 'Just relax.' There's the air bag, I can't see and I'm saying, 'I'm fine. I am relaxed.'

"Finally, I rolled down the window and this head pops inside. And he said, 'No, you're not.' And suddenly I said to myself, 'That's Werner Herzog!'"
As a random Hollywood encounter with the German New Wave, there hasn't been anything like it since Jack Lemmon saw Klaus Kinski at the hardware store.

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