Van­cou­ver friend re­mem­bers An­thony Bour­dain

Uwe Boll has fond mem­o­ries of di­rect­ing the celebrity chef’s un­likely cameo in a sci-fi film

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Few peo­ple can claim they’ve di­rected An­thony Bour­dain in front of the cam­era, and even fewer can say they’ve di­rected Bour­dain in a sci-fi ac­tion movie.

Uwe Boll, Van­cou­ver restau­ra­teur and a former film direc­tor, has done both, di­rect­ing Bour­dain — the re­cently de­ceased celebrity chef, TV host and au­thor — on a Van­cou­ver film set.

Bour­dain’s cameo came as part of an episode on his former hit TV se­ries No Reser­va­tions — air­ing from 2005 to 2012 — which high­lighted Van­cou­ver as a film­ing and food des­ti­na­tion. He had reached out to Boll ask­ing for a part in his 2008 movie Far Cry, which is about a Ger­man Bour­dain at a makeshift me­mo­rial in New York City. ex-spe­cial forces sol­dier hired by a jour­nal­ist to help in­ves­ti­gate a se­cret re­search fa­cil­ity.

Boll, a Ger­man film direc­tor with at least 32 ti­tles known for his com­bat­ive style in movies, wel­comed Bour­dain’s cameo. He chuck­led as he de­scribed Bour­dain learn­ing his scene play­ing a med­i­cal tech­ni­cian in a biotech­nol­ogy lab.

“He learned to fall down after a gun­shot ... and it’s hard.” The crew cre­ated a sit­u­a­tion where he could fall back­wards against the wall, while the fake blood pack ex­ploded from un­der his shirt. Bour­dain, Boll re­called, ate craft ser­vice like every­one else and was re­spect­ful of the busy shoot­ing sched­ule.

Other than the two men’s con­stant pres­ence in front of and be­hind the cam­era, Boll also ac­knowl­edged that they both had an edgier, un­pre­ten­tious im­age in the pub­lic eye.

“I think my im­age is more ag­gres­sive, straight-in-the­face blunt (than) Bour­dain. But I think where the sim­i­lar­i­ties are is ... we have strong opin­ions. We are kind of un­tainted,” said Boll, who opened Bauhaus, a fine-din­ing Ger­man restau­rant, three years ago.

“It’s so sad,” Boll said when he learned of Bour­dain’s death last week. “But it shows re­ally that de­pres­sion is a real dis­ease.”

Get the story of how the two pro­fes­sional food­ies met at thes­tar.com

MARY ALTAFFER/THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

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