People should be familiar with Uwe Boll by now. He’s carved a niche directing films based on video games. He’s gained a reputation amongst critics and filmgoers for said films being perceived as horrible, and his heart-on-sleeve attitude (he once beat up five of his critics in a publicity stunt) only convinces more people that he is filmdom’s greatest asshole.
An e-mail sent to BollBashers.com is as good a start as any to understand the enigma that is Boll. To defend In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale he focuses his attacks on First Sunday and media conglomerates:
Now, I have no personal hatred for Uwe Boll. I’ve never seen one of his films and am only familiar with the man through certain film blogs I read. All the same, I can’t swallow his arguments for several reasons. Why go after just First Sunday? Why not go after every other film competing against In the Name of the King, like The Bucket List and Juno? He was also recently interviewed in the New York Post. That at least proves that a major newspaper has promoted him in some way.
Boll himself is a double-edged sword. Things like this give him a lot of free publicity, but the pariah act makes no sense given the multimillion-dollar budget for In the Name of the King and Boll’s managing to land names like Jason Statham and Ron Perlman. I am aware of major film companies having a competitive edge in terms of cross-promotion and advertising budgets. How is that news?
In the end, this is just Uwe Boll being Uwe Boll. I don’t know if sustained negative publicity is a good long-term strategy to build a career on, but I honestly don’t think Boll cares.
If you are curious about In the Name of the King, check out Kevin Carr’s review here. Note: He was less than impressed.