Werner Herzog Says to Joaquin Phoenix: "Man, Relax"

Werner Herzog Says to Joaquin Phoenix: "Man, Relax"

Werner Herzog Says to Joaquin Phoenix: "Man, Relax"

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Sept. 15 2010 4:11 PM

Werner Herzog Says to Joaquin Phoenix: "Man, Relax"

Years before Joaquin Phoenix may or may not have lost his damn mind , he got into a car accident in Hollywood and the German director Werner Herzog came to his rescue . Of the strange turn of events, Phoenix said back in 2006: " There's something so calming and beautiful about Werner Herzog's voice. I felt completely fine and safe. I climbed out. I got out of the car and I said, 'Thank you,' and he was gone."  

Sascha Ciezata decided to animate Herzog's heroic act, and the result is a strangely gorgeous little video , which includes the following narration from Herzog (whose voice is, indeed, calming and beautiful):

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The moment I diverted my attention from him, he had picked up a cigarette and tried to light a cigarette. And I said to him, 'Man, relax.' And he said 'I am relaxed.' And I said to him, no you are not, because what I noticed, and what he was not really aware, was that gasoline was dripping throughout the car, and so I confiscated the cigarette lighter and crushed the rear window and got him out.

The video, which is miles better than the recent Phoenix documentary I'm Still Here , embedded below. H/T BuzzFeed .