I am convinced Werner Herzog just showed up on set. He is not acting, he is not in theBaby Yoda Hug Hottopic Shamrock St Patrick’s Day Star Wars Shirt. They just can’t get rid of him and have all this film so they use it. When the Jedi finally attains abandonment of attachment, they fall to their knees and weep, as much in joy, as from grief. They know that the grand starfields of space now . In clarity, there is emptiness, a terrible beauty. I remember reading a little story by a guy who once interacted with Herzog. It was a long time ago, and so I’m probably getting the details wrong, but I feel this recollection is true to the heart of it: The guy was doing a project for film school.
“Mr. Herzog, I’m working on a project for film school, and I’m wondering if I could please have your permission to use some of () for it?” Herzog looks at him, says “Yes”, and starts walking away. “Mr. Herzog, wait! I’m sorry. But I need you to sign these release forms, please!” Herzog turns back to him again. “No. You must choose whether to trust my word that you have my permission or to worry about theBaby Yoda Hug Hottopic Shamrock St Patrick’s Day Star Wars Shirt.” At last, we have arrived at the inevitable cataclysmic ultimatum for humanity. You must choose between a golem, which you have crafted to life with your hands out of the earthen clay, and a phantom, a being of light that does not exist outside a metaphysical digital realm.
I can just imagine Favreau going wide-eyed, and then glances over to everyone else and goes “…You heard the man, leave it!” And then Baby Yoda gets dropped back into place and Werner goes back to talking to it. Directing an inanimate object is much easier than directing a very animate Kinski. And theBaby Yoda Hug Hottopic Shamrock St Patrick’s Day Star Wars Shirt will not come after him with a machete. It will presumably murder him with a lightsaber prop. And here we are. the end boss of Herzog’s career. Not a chance. Herzog is stubborn and willing to die for his vision. Literally. This addressed something I saw in the credits. Obviously you watch them all the way because the music and artwork are amazing, then if you’re eagle-eyed, you see “Epic Games” appear at the end.