Vancouver friend remembers Anthony Bourdain
Uwe Boll has fond memories of directing the celebrity chef’s unlikely cameo in a sci-fi film
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.”
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