Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Glass of Bourbon: Udo Kier

For my very first Glass of Bourbon (not literally), I have decided to pay tribute to one of my favorite under-appreciated actors. You may or may not recognize his name, but you have definitely seen one of his movies. And you may very well recognize his effortlessly intense eyes. Here is THE Udo Kier:

Kier's career took off in the early 70's, when he was cast in both Andy Warhol's Dracula and Andy Warhol's Frankenstein. Even though these were some of his first movies, he was instantly transformed into a cult figure. Many of his subsequent roles would cement this reputation, whether or not these were "cult" films. You see, Kier has a particular style of acting which is unique to him - as do virtually all great actors. His roles seem to exude a certain sexually-charged, humorous,  uber-quirky...."Germanness". And these traits comprise his aura.

 Here's a rundown of some of his more famous movies: Suspiria, My Own Private Idaho, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Barb Wire, Armageddon, Blade, and Shadow of the Vampire. He has also been in many Lars Von Trier films, which is certainly a boon in my book. Like many character actors, he works a lot. For whatever reason, though, he doesn't really snag many juicy Hollywood roles that can really show off what he can do. Such is the plight of many of our Bourbon toastees. But come on people, he was featured both in Madonna's book SEX and in her music video for "Deeper and Deeper."

While it would be great to see an Udo-featured movie, it's still nice to see him steal scenes here and there. And he'll always have the opportunity so long as Von Trier is directing and other filmmakers are putting weird Germans in their movies. The only thing that could stop him is Stormtroopers taking over the galaxy.

Cheers, Udo!

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