Legendary German film star Udo Kier wants to work with David Lynch, but the way he chooses roles doesn't allow him to reach out to the auteur filmmaker. Udo Kier is a versatile actor whose credits range from blockbusters like Armageddon and Blade to edgy indie treasures like Dragged Across Concrete and Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot. His latest role can be found in the science fiction fantasy sequel, Iron Sky: The Coming Race, an action-comedy in which a reptilian Adolf Hitler (played by Kier) rides a T. Rex into battle.
While promoting Iron Sky: The Coming Race, star Udo Kier spoke to Screen Rant about his work over the years. In particular, he discussed the way he chooses roles. He never reaches out to a director, but he's beloved and talented enough that directors always reach out to him to discuss parts they want him to play. It's an approach that has led to many friendships; and looking at his resume, one can see he has recurred throughout the filmography of many a director, from Paul Morrissey in the 1970s to Lars Von Trier, Gus Van Sant, and S. Craig Zahler.
However, there is one director, in particular, with whom Kier has yet to work: David Lynch. While Kier did appear in My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?, that film was only produced by Lynch, while directing duties fell to Werner Herzog. Though Kier would very much like to work with Lynch, the opportunity has not yet presented itself, and Kier's code as an actor forbids him from reaching out to directly ask for a role. Kier said:
"I've never asked a director, 'I'd like to work with you.' Not even David Lynch, whom I'd like to work with! It's the director who decides it, not the actor. I want a director to send me a script, with me in mind."
Kier is the consummate actor; a true professional. He clearly wants to work with David Lynch, but knows that, if it's destined to happen, it shouldn't happen until Lynch requires Kier's singular talent. If Kier were to reach out and ask David Lynch for a role in his latest project, the director might very well give him something, but then it would be Kier's idea, and not something from the equally singular mind of David Lynch.
Maybe, someday, Lynch will write a role with Kier in mind. Perhaps the director will visit Kier in his Palm Springs home, and the two will discuss the project; and if it's the right fit, David and Kier will finally have the opportunity to bring something meaningful to the screen. There's always room in a future project - like a possible continuation of Twin Peaks, for example, which is known for its large ensemble cast.