Werner Herzog explains how he directed “Every Which Way But Loose”

By on September 2, 2015

In this commentary track, German director Werner Herzog explains how the friendship between Clyde and Clint in Every Which Way But Loose is actually a metaphor for his real-life friendship with Clint Eastwood.


Herzog explains it this way: “Many people have asked me, Werner, how did it come about that you made this film Every Which Way But Loose,  with Clint Eastwood, and yes I admit, it seems an unlikely pair, but actually, Clint and I were very good friends. We would go out drinking, and go out to the strip clubs together, and Clint said ‘Ah, Werner, this is the real stuff here, we should do a film about this,’ and I said ‘Yes, but Clint, it’s just two guys, it lacks something, we need to heighten it. I am looking for something greater than the quote-unquote ‘accountants’ truth’,’ and so I said, ‘Clint, one of us will be an orangutan.”


About Bryan Thomas

Bryan Thomas has been a freelancing writer/critic for All Music Guide, and a contributor to Launch, Music Connection, Big Takeover and numerous other publications and entertainment websites, blogs and zines, most of them long gone. He's written more than sixty sets of liner notes. He’s also worked for over twenty years at mostly reissue record labels -- prior to that he worked in bookstores and record stores, going all the way back to the original vinyl daze. He lives in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA.