Uwe Boll may well be one of the most controversial filmmakers on the face of the planet, and for all the wrong reasons. Based in Germany, Boll is known for one thing: making horrendous movie adaptations of video games. His films are so legendarily bad and his reputation so negative it's often been said that selling film rights to Boll is a sure-fire way to demonstrate that your studio doesn't give a fig aboutits games.
He has, on more than one occasion, been referred to as the worst director in the world. His films have been almost universally panned by critics, in addition to being box office bombs. Perhaps the only reason he's managed to stay in business - the only reason he ever made a profit from any of his movies -is because of a legal loophole in Germany; one which allowed investors in a film to pay taxes exclusively on the film's returns while writing off any expenses. This applied even if they borrowed money to invest in the film. As far as I know, they're still trying to close this loophole.
At least he...loves his job? That's important, right?
His whole career brings to mind The Producers.
Boll's status as a hack filmmaker isn't what makes him such a horrible human being, though - it's how he responds and reacts to his critics. See, Mr. Boll has built himself a persona - a vile, hateful, narcissistic one. His critics, he claims (and there are many) are simply talentless hacks, and his fans don't understand good filmmaking. Whenever someone challenges his inflated view of himself, he responds in the most caustic way imaginable.
I'm still trying to work out whether or not this is an act.
Perhaps the most stunning demonstration of the sort of man Boll is came when he challenged his critics to a boxing match. Boll -an amateur boxer - mopped the floor with all five of the men who agreed to meet him in the ring - seriously injuring at least one. It later came to light that Boll claimed he wasn't actually going to fight seriously, and had further promised each critic that they would receive training from him before the match. Boll would later deny these claims; but before he beat the tar out of the five critics, he rather tellingly back out of a match scheduled to take place between himself and G4 Host Seanbaby after finding out the latter was actually trained in Jujitsu and Muay Thai.
He's also on a first-name basis with Mr. T.
As Seanbaby rather amusingly observed, "Uwe only hits people who don't explode Uwe's face when they hit back."
So now that we've gone off on a tangent and established
why Uwe Boll is an awful, irredeemable hack who should never make
another movie in his life, it's time for the bad news.
See, shortly after this publicity stunt, Uwe more or less faded into obscurity for a few years. I'd rather mercifully forgotten all about him, and about the blights he inflicted on film and gaming. Many dared to hope that he would never make another video game film again.
Unfortunately, he is - just this week, he announced that he's taken to Kickstarter in an attempt to fund Postal 2. Boll is reportedly looking for $500,000.00 in order to fund the sequel to the original Postal, which he's billed as "a controversial comedy in which we take up current political issues." The film purports to tackle matters like Julien Assange and Edward Snowden, ultimately demonstrating that "there is no difference between our democracy and the prison camps in Russia or China."
Note that I've removed the typos peppered throughout the above copy on the Kickstarter(which I can't believe I just linked to you. For the love of all that's good and just, please don't back this project). At the time of writing, it's received $4,000 from 77 backers, with two months left to go.I've my fingers crossed that it doesn't succeed.