Magazine article Variety

Udo Kier: 'I Work in the Garden with No Gloves, I Want to Feel the Earth'

Magazine article Variety

Udo Kier: 'I Work in the Garden with No Gloves, I Want to Feel the Earth'

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the busy actor, now on screens in "Downsizing," is a frequent guest of the Berlinale, which honored him with a special Teddy Award for Artistic Lifetime Achievement in 2015. alissa simon

You act in two Berlin competition films.

One is by Gus Van Sant. The title is "Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot." The main character goes to AA meetings, and there are about five interesting characters in the meeting and I am one of them. It was a happy reunion with Gus because he was the director who basically discovered me for America in the film "My Own Private Idaho."

The other is "Daughter of Mine," directed by Laura Bispuri. My role is I sell horses to the slaughterhouse. She made a very interesting film several years ago, "Sworn Virgin," about a girl disguised as a man. I think she's very talented.

And "Iron Sky: The Coming Race," by Timo Vuorensola, screens in the market.

I just finished shooting No. 3, "Iron Sky: The Ark," in China. "The Coming Race" filmed in Antwerp, in a big studio, with a 10-times bigger budget than the first ["Iron Sky"]. I play the same character, named Mr. Kortzfleisch, Mr. Vomiting Meat. I play the Grandmaster in No. 3, with Andy Garcia and myself and Chinese actors.

What else is coming up?

"American Animals" by Bart Layton. With Craig Zahler ("Brawl in Cell Block 99"), I like his work very much, I finished, with Mel Gibson, "Dragged Across Concrete." Then I did a film which is a famous novel, "The Painted Bird," by Jerzy Kozinski, directed by Václav Marhoul. …

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