Werner Herzog praises The Mandalorian's lack of green-screen effects

Werner Herzog and a scene from The Mandalorian.
Werner Herzog and a scene from The Mandalorian. Photo credit: Getty/Disney

Werner Herzog is calling The Mandalorian "a phenomenal achievement" after joining the cast of the streaming series set in the Star Wars universe.

Herzog says he'll likely appear in two or three episode of Jon Favreau's series as "a character in whom you cannot trust".

The series, starring Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano and Carl Weathers, is set to premiere in November with the launch of the new Disney-Plus streaming service.

The famed 76-year-old writer, director and actor does have a confession to make, though. He's never seen a Star Wars movie.

"No I have I have to confess, I never saw a single one. I've seen some trailers. I've seen some excerpts here and there. And I know about the whole franchise and about the toys for the kids and so - it's all a new mythology. ... You better take them seriously. Yes, they're out there and - don't ignore them," he told The Associated Press in an interview.

Herzog says he was impressed by the practical, real-world approach of the series, whose directors include Taika Waititi and Bryce Dallas Howard.

"Mandalorian was filmed not like all the other Star Wars or other big event films - green screen, green screen everywhere - and the camera motion-control moving there. All of a sudden you have a phenomenal step forward. As an actor, you see the entire planet on which you are. You see the landscape," he said.

"The camera, that could even be hand-held and move in between us, sees the same landscape. It's not green-screen and artificiality. It brings movie-making back where it should be. It's a phenomenal, phenomenal achievement."

Herzog was interviewed while promoting his new documentary Meeting Gorbachev.

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