Exclusive: Werner Herzog and the Bad Alligator

It’s not every day that we get to take into the mind of a mad man. This isn’t one of those days either, but it’s a close as we’ll get for a while. First Look Pictures has provided us with an exclusive behind the scenes clip from Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, which is on DVD and Blu-ray now. You’ll know this because both myself (in This Week in Blu-ray) and Rob Hunter (in This Week in DVD) put this title at the top of our buy lists. That is quite possibly the most glowing recommendation a movie could get from Film School Rejects — recommended by two writers who are usually on opposite ends of the spectrum.

In the clip below, we pick up with the production on day 6 of shooting. In this scene, Terence McDonagh (Nicolas Cage) is going out to the highway to see if he can get a speeding ticket erased for his bookie’s daughter. He meets resistance from a highway patrolman, only to reignite a little flame he has with a hot lady cop (played by Fairuza Balk). However, much of this behind the scenes clip is about the dead alligator in the middle of the road — which I had previously thought to be fake. As well as the very real alligator on the side of the road. Those who have seen the film will be surprised as to how very real this little alligator sequence actually was…

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans is available on DVD and Blu-ray now. Warning: Some of the content in the video below may be a little gross. It might not be suitable for children or people with weak stomachs.

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet.

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