Werner Herzog Wanted To Push Christian Bale's 'Buttons' Before Casting Him In Rescue Dawn

Werner Herzog Wanted To Push Christian Bale's 'Buttons' Before Casting Him In Rescue Dawn
Werner Herzog is well-known for his penchant for the extreme. The idiosyncratic director has one of the more impressively diverse careers, helming everything from documentaries on unusual figures such as the so-called "eco-warrior" Timothy Treadwell in "Grizzly Man" to movies like "​​Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans" and everything in between. Somewhere on that continuum sits 2006's "Rescue Dawn," Herzog's dramatization of a documentary he'd produced a decade prior with "Little Dieter Needs to Fly."

The film focuses on the experience of former U.S. Navy pilot Dieter Dengler who was shot down over the Laotian jungle during the Vietnam war. Dengler proceeded to undergo a truly incredible, and highly distressing, experience as a Pow before making his escape, and Herzog obviously couldn't get enough of the tumultuous story, making Dengler the focus of two very different projects. In the case of his movie version, the director needed a
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