Udo and I are killing time in the Off Camera VIP café. Not literally. But we wish we could kill time because Time with a capital T is a bastard. Nobody knows that more than Udo Kier, who was once so beautiful he made mouths water like a bell does for one of Pavlov's dogs.
Udo early on was a master of the monster movie, one of the most well known character actor’s in movies. His face is unforgettable. He’s worked with Fassbinder and Madonna, von Trier and Pamela Anderson, Gus van Sant and Scooby Doo.
His latest film, the sci-fi spoof, Iron Sky, is vintage Udo: he leads a Nazi mission to colonize the moon in 1945. Udo of course has played his share of villains, starting with Dr. Frankenstein in Flesh for Frankenstein (1973), his big break. The film’s director, Paul Morrissey, sat next to Udo on a plane flight from Rome to Munich.
Need I say more? I mean, bring it on. Bring it on.
Now Udo lives in Palm Springs, California where at 68 years old he is still a relative Spring Chicken. The actor who was once dubbed the most beautiful man in the world hates getting old. He works more now than ever.
“In the restaurant, they say pass the salt please young man,” he laughs.
He bought and renovated a library in town and owns a ranch not far away. He has his own well and solar heating at the ranch.
“I live in the desert so I can live in the light. Actors like to be in the light.”
Udo! The surname is an unnecessary formality. The face is one of the most recognized in cinema. He’s made over 200 European and American films.
He has channeled vampires from the Polanski-produced Blood for Dracula (1974) to more recent fang-films like Blade, Modern Vampires, Shadow of the Vampire and Dracula 300.
WRR: It’s hard for me to talk to you, Udo, without your Hollywood entourage stopping our conversation. Can you take care of that?
UK: I can arrange some people to annoy you.
WRR: Thanks. I’d like that. I’d feel more like I’m in LA. But seriously, what’s it like living in the desert.
UK: Hot, hot, hot!
WRR: Nice one. So how do you pass the time?
UK: Time is a sin!
WRR: Spoken like a true Dracula!
UK: Past 60, you want to spend your time carefully. . . So time is important. . . .But I’m glad to be here because I wanted to spend some time in Poland. I never have. I love the square (In Krakow). Wonderful!
WRR: Tell me some Warhol stories, please.
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