Being Hated Is All But an Art for Uwe Boll

Blood, guts, and bad taste can't keep this director down
By Kate Rockwood,  Newser Staff
Posted May 18, 2008 1:25 PM CDT

Uwe Boll is either the world’s worst filmmaker or its most-targeted whipping boy. Either way, the 42-year-old German, who bases his over-the-top gore films on video games, is unlikely to stop anytime soon. “The art form is, almost, in being hated,” one actor told the New York Times. “It’s his relationship with the audience that is his creation, his relationship with the critics, more than the movies.”

In 2006 Boll challenged his critics to a boxing match—and gave them a walloping. Now, an online petition urging him to retire has a quarter million names. If it hits a million, Boll says he’ll throw in the cinematic towel. But for now his new film, Postal, includes bird’s eye views of the 9/11 attacks, Bush romancing Osama bin Laden, and a cat used as a gun silencer. (More Uwe Boll stories.)

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