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While watching Jack Reacher I realized that Werner Herzog was playing the role of Zec. But why would such a famous arthouse director (whom I remember of not being particularly fond of classic Hollywood cinema) play a supporting role in a movie like that. Is there some interresting backstory behind this (maybe he is a fan of the books?) or was it just the usual business?

(Even if unimportant for the matter I'd like to add that oddly enough especially Zec's German synchronization (probably spoken by Herzog himself) was exceptionjally weird (not to say awfully bad).)

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From an interview with Werner Herzog:

I was approached by the director and Tom Cruise. They wanted me. I think it's a logical idea because I've done parts before where I played really dysfunctional and outrageous and dangerous characters, like in Harmony Korine's Julien Donkey Boy, and because of that and other films they were interested in me. And I liked them for their professionalism and commitment – things that I prize myself.

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