Legendary Film Director Werner Herzog Breaks Down & Narrates Kanye West’s “Famous” Video

blame it on JES7 August 13, 2016

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of watching a Werner Herzog documentary, chances are you were instantly captivated by the German-born auteur’s distinctive hypnotizing voice.

Praised by both filmmakers and film critics alike, Herzog’s (known for his groundbreaking documentary films such as Ballad of the Little Soldier and Grizzly Man, as well as his infamous appearance on The Boondocks) voice ranks at the top of a list which includes Morgan Freeman, Sir David Attenborough and James Earl Jones.

So then who better to enlist for an in-depth narration and philosophical breakdown of Kanye West’s controversial “Famous” music video than Herzog? Well, The Daily Beast recently had that opportunity presented to them while sitting down with the esteemed filmmaker, who gave his world view on Ye’s absurd visual social experiment.

Check out the clip, which is obviously NSFW, below.

The most interesting thing for me as a storyteller is in a movie, yes, you do have a story, and you develop a story but at the same time you have to be very careful and think about and organize a parallel story, a separate, independent story that only occurs in the collective mind of the audience. And when you hear the rap, which is very well done, all of a sudden it gives you more time than anything else just to reflect on it. And this video gives you space for creating your separate parallel story.

And you keep thinking, are these people for real? Are they doppelgängers? And what could be the story of them? What are they doing? How have they partied? What brought them together? So all of a sudden, the rapper gives me the chance to completely go wild on my own story. [via Billboard]”