Watch Werner Herzog Talk About Learning That His Pal John Waters Is Gay

By Judy Berman

If you’ve ever watched any of his films or heard him speak for more than, I don’t know, 30 seconds, you probably realize that Werner Herzog is not like most people. But is he so far removed from the social and cultural mainstream that it would take him three and a half decades of knowing John Waters to guess that the director is interested in men? Apparently, yes. Dangerous Minds has found a video clip from a semi-obscure 2007 documentary called On the Ecstasy of Ski-Flying: Werner Herzog in Conversation with Karen Beckman in which Herzog discusses learning that his friend is gay. “For me, a man is a man. I cannot distinguish a gay man from a straight man,” he says. “After 35 years of knowing John Waters, I turn to my wife and I say to her, ‘I have a feeling this man is gay.'” But don’t worry — your favorite masculine auteur doesn’t see anything wrong with that. “I love the man. I love him dearly. He’s the boldest of the bold filmmakers. I wish I had the guts of this man,” says Herzog. Now, if only these two would appear together in an It Gets Better video, our lives will be complete.