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It is with great honor and deep pleasure I'm able to bring this fantastic interview with Dieter Laser to Lexxverse.com. We all know him as the  blisteringly brilliant 'Mantrid', His Divine Shadow's Biovizir from Seasons 2 and 3 of Lexx, and the character of Dr. Joseph Heiter in 'Human Centipede'.

This is an exclusive interview for Lexxverse.com and may not be uploaded any place else without permission.


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DIETER LASER INTERVIEW 2010
We’d like to thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule for this email interview, many of the fans have expressed an interest in hearing about your experiences.

 

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First of all, we’d like to congratulate you on your Scream Awards nomination for Best Villain and the win for Best Mutilation Award for ‘Human Centipede’. We all thought you definitely should have won Best Villain, without a doubt. We’d also like to congratulate you on the success of last Project, ‘Human Centipede’ and all the attention it’s been receiving. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen so many people freak out during a movie awards show.

 

1. Do you believe that this film is an indicator that the Horror Genre is moving into ever more graphic and controversial subjects in an attempt to satisfy changing tastes for these kinds of films?

I think that's right. Every Film Genre tries to transgress borders in order to get as much attention as possible

2. What do you think about the kinds of horror movies that are being made these days like ‘Saw’ and ‘Hostel’ and their ‘torture’ plotlines?

I have to admit I haven't seen these movies yet. HUMAN CENTIPEDE is my first Horror Film and before that work I knew very little about horror movies.

3. Did you feel that the film was more or less a black comedy or an indictment of experimental research at it’s worst?

Definitely both - a pitch black comedy showing how ridiculous, how stupid and how dangerous it is to think one has the right to discriminate other human beings or animals.

4. How did you become involved with the project?

The director Tom Six saw me in a German movie and decided that I had to be his leading part. Tom and Ilona Six, his producer (and sister) came to Berlin for a meeting. They were so passionate, so dedicated and so convincing that we ended up with a deal by handshake.

5. What did you first think when you read the script? Was there ever an ‘Oh crap’ kind of moment?

You bet! - When I read the script the first time, only then I started to realize the consequences of the premise and I got deeply afraid: "Oh gosh! That's embarrassing, I can't do that! What would my colleagues in the German theaters say? What about the German critics? That's the end my friend !!!" - But then I thought - "If this part would have been 'Hannibal Lecter' in an Indie-Production (no famous names involved) wouldn't you have reacted in a similar way? - I can't eat human brains !!! - So my "dear Dieter" sit down on your ass and start working to develop an interesting character, which you yourself would like to watch on screen." - That helped a lot, and I discovered the possibility to make 'Dr. Heiter' a psychopath like many of the German Nazi-Doctors have been: Regarding themselves as Gods in White Coats - regarding "Sub-Humans" as insects like centipedes, experimenting with them as with laboratory rats. That became my key for "Dr. Joseph Heiter".

6. The scenes in the film are undeniably graphic and highly controversial, was there anything they left out for purposes of Ratings?

Tom, Ilona, and the DOP Goof de Koning - we all have powerful names Koning (King), Six like Sex and Laser-Diet(er) - we developed a beautiful working relationship: All bold and daring guys. We never looked left or right. We just did what we wanted to do and luckily we always agreed on the same style. The only Rating stuff was not to show the private parts. In good German: Not to show my swinging dick while swimming in Dr. Heiter's pool.

7. What was your favorite scene in the film?

Definitely 'The Death of Dr. Heiter' - and 'Licking up the Blood on the Stairs' (a spontaneous, improvised action during the shot)

8. I understand that Part 2 is in the works, how will that pick up from the first film?

Two hints: It's called (Full Sequence) so the centipede will be enlarged - and it's a 100% inaccurate - that sounds bloody!!!

9.  Many relate your sinister personas to a modern-day Boris Karloff, how do you feel about the comparison?

Just a great honor!

10. How do you approach a character like Heiter, what kind of research would you have done?

No research at all - all vision, imagination, phantasy.

11. You’re an extremely busy actor in Europe, would you like a career in the US as well?

I would love it dearly!!! I admire the American actors, directors and producers, I deeply love the different working style compared to Europe, giving the actor much more responsibility and therefore 'acting power'.

12. What other new projects are coming up that you can tell us about?

I'm just editing a Samuel Beckett play I directed and performed in Switzerland, which was taped by German Television. - Then I'll tour some Theater Festivals in Germany and Luxembourg with Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night'. - Then Tom Six and I will attend TEXAS FRIGHTMARE WEEKEND April 29. - May 1. 2011 in Dallas: <[url=http://www.texasfrightmareweekend.com/>]http://www.texasfrightmareweekend.com/>[/url] - And later in the year Tom wants me in a completely different leading part after Centipede II will be released.

13. What are you favorite roles that you’ve played in the past 5 years?

The title role "Tasso" by Goethe on stage and Dr. Heiter in film.

14. Do you enjoy Horror/Scifi/Fantasy films at all or do you prefer drama?

I love everything if the part, the script and the director are convincing - but the most important question always was and will be: Would I like to see it in case we are able to succeed.

15. Would you consider doing a TV series in the US, perhaps in something like ‘True Blood’ or ‘NCIS’?

Depends on the part - with the scripts and the directors I would have trust in the American perfection.

16. What do you see as the current state of German film and do you think there’s room for improvement?

The production-money is coming from subventions by the state and by State-TV - that sounds very good but is very bad, because they don't have to care about the audience and they are under pressure by officials, who always want to go the easiest and "safest" way - which leads into boring shit - therefore the existing exceptions are to be praised double and triple.

17. Did you ever have a mentor or acting idol that inspired you?

I grew up in the theater - that's my "mother" - and all the great actors I had the honor to work with like Julie Christie, Glenn Close, Burt Lancaster, John Malkovich etc. where idols and inspiration for me.

18. Is there any advice you could give to hopeful actors on how to approach a controversial role?

Don't look left or right - don't try to imitate or "play like..." - just listen to your heart and your guts - and be satisfied if you have done your very best even though the outcome is no success - and if it's a success be thankful and be humble.

 

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LEXX QUESTIONS:

 

1. There are many Lexx fans that see tremendous parallels with this character of Joseph Heiter and Mantrid, the Bio-Vizir in the second season of Lexx, in that he was a scientist involved in ‘re-arranging’ human flesh for nefarious purposes. Do you agree with that?

Yes indeed!

2. Your character, Mantrid, in Seasons 2 and 3 of Lexx, was filled with incredibly sinister malice, but still maintained his genius. Did you create his personality or was that something Paul Donovan wrote?

It's a mixture of both. His writing and my imagination.

3. Was there any collaboration between you and Paul Donovan regarding lines, or did he write them completely, and was there anything written where you said “Mantrid would never say that”?

I just did what Paul had written. Because I admired his work.

4. You spent a lot of time in Season 2 as a disembodied Head in a fishbowl, while ‘Brizon’ got to run around with an entire body. Did you feel ripped off, or did you consider it a challenge?

It was indeed a challenge and therefore I loved it.

5. The scene In Season 2 where Brizon and Mantrid are insulting each other is a classic Lexx fan favorite. Was there anything that didn’t make it to the final cut? Anything too graphic?

I don't think so. At least I don't remember otherwise.

6. In Season 3, during the filming of K-Town, Mantrid has come to ‘examine’ a non-functioning Kai. During the subsequent exam, the sleeve of your robe dislodges Kai’s codpiece and nearly creates a ‘wardrobe malfunction’. In spite of that, the editors left it in, everyone is dying to know if it was intentionally a prank or purely accidental.

It was accidental and became intentional by the decision not to repeat the shot but take it as a prank. We thought it would be funny - at least it maintains to be a vivid question.

 

7. What did you think about the ‘storyline of Mantrid’s ‘punishment’ in K-Town? Did you feel he was justly punished, or from his perspective, did he get a raw deal?

In all objectivity he for sure was justly punished - but from his perspective it was an outrageous raw deal - and from my point of view as well - because you have to love your character like a mother.

8.  Do you remember what kind of ‘agenda’ Mantrid was pursuing?

Honestly I do not remember exactly - I dislodged him to give space for the following characters to play - but I think he wanted to rule the universe - or just to destroy it.

9. Would you have liked for Mantrid to be a reincarnated character for Season 4?

Very much so. Especially after K-Town where he was able to appear in other incarnations.

10. Was there any scene that you would have liked to do but there either wasn’t’ enough time or the special effects weren’t cooperating?

I only remember that I created the whole outfit for him in K-Town by very simple means: especially his long gown covering the extremely high boots which were very difficult to find - and I was happy enough that Paul Donovan loved it all.

 



11. Would you have liked to direct any of the episodes, and if so, which one?

At that time I didn't think about directing. Nowadays (after some experience) I would love to - no matter which episode.

12. What was the filming experience like on set for K-Town? Which episode was your favorite?

K-Town is my favorite - we knew each other already and therefore respected each other even more - so we had a wonderful atmosphere during the shoot.

13. Were there any funny anecdotes you can remember from either filming or behind-the-scenes that you can share? We know you want to.

I only remember we had lots of fun - we were a good team because we liked each other. And I remember that I had a terrible jet-lag when we shot some sequences in Halifax (Canada) and that I was totally afraid to do a good job because I felt drunk the whole time.

14. Which episode do you feel was your best performance?

I assume K-Town

15. Have you worked with any of the other cast members since Lexx?

Unfortunately not.

16. What would you like to say to all your Lexx fans that still admire your Mantrid character?

I'm very thankful for that and I appreciate it deeply !!!

 

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BACKGROUND QUESTIONS:

1. What part of the country are you living these days?

Berlin, Germany

2. Can you tell us a bit about what you’re doing for fun when not working so hard?

Couch potato watching TV - with a glass of chilled white wine.

3. Can you give us a little background on what it was like growing up?

Very religious education and therefore little fun.

4. What is your favorite childhood memory?

To escape home

5. If you weren’t involved in the performing arts, what would you most like to do for a living?

I would be lost and depressed

6. Do you have any opinions on the political climate in Europe right now?

The rich get richer - the poor get poorer - bad development. Capitalism should remember and return to its best. There is only one world nowadays.

7. Do you have any charities that you promote?

Animal protection. Green Peace. Doctors Without Borders.

8. Who would be your ultimate dinner party guests, past and present , fact or fictional characters?

The most beautiful women of all times

9. In what era in history would you most like to live?

In the future

10. What are your musical preferences, what did you grow up listening to?

Jazz, The Beatles, The Stones, The Doors, Rare Bird, Bob Dylan, The Band etc.

11. Could you list your favorite movies of all time? Is there anyone you’d love to work with?

Viridiana, Point Blank, Marathon Man, Hombre, Casablanca, Maltese Falcon, Apocalypse Now, Full Metal Jacket, Deer Hunter etc.

12. Could you list your favorite directors of all time? Is there anyone you’d love to work with?

Bunel, Melville, Jean Luc Godard, Coppola, Ridley Scott, Stanley Kubrick, Quentin Tarantino etc. - I would love to have worked with all of them and many more like them.

13. Do you spend a lot of time reading when not working and if so, what are your favorite topics? Book titles?

Thriller - Lee Child, John Sandford - favorite for the time being: James Lee Burke

14. Is there a book that you’d like to see adapted to film, with a part for you?

"The Preacher" in "RAIN GODS" by James Lee Burke

15. Is there anything you’d like to say to your fans, that we may not have asked?

I'd like to say to the fans - not in a Michael Jackson manner, but in a deep 'Kraut-Voice': I LOVE YOU - LOVE YOU ALL - TAKE CARE III

 

 

Thank you so much for giving us your time, we understand how incredibly busy you are, and wish you much success with your new projects.

(Sorry for text colors, word doc issue)

(I'm uploading some more pics to go with this interview...)

 




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 Posted: Sun Nov 21st, 2010 05:33 pm

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Great interview with Dieter, Maya! It was exciting to learn more about him and his career. Thank you too Dieter for taking the time out for the interview and to Maya for all her hard work with the questions and doing the interview!



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Oh, that was a fun interview! Thank you so much, Maya! And, thank you Dieter! I'm a happy fangirl, now. :o)



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Thanks Maya! I Loved the performance in Human Centipede and I look forward to seeing the next one! I remember watching that movie and thinking to myself just how crazy Dr Heiter was.



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Great interview, thanks Maya and Dieter!

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I just found this article featuring a scene from "Human Centipede."  The clip features Mr. Laser and he's wonderful!  I have yet to see this movie... but I think I'm going to have to at some point.

http://io9.com/5696867/the-most-educational-scene-from-the-human-centipede



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I was lucky enough to see it and I loved it. I considered it a great 'comedy' But then 99% of horror movies are comedy. I do have this on on my list of Must have DVD's. I will say that from the hype, I was expecting it to have a much higher 'gross' factor



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His voice still frightens me.  :new_shocked:  Great interview, Maya.  Thanks for sharing it with us, love.  :s010a:



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Abby1964 wrote: I was lucky enough to see it and I loved it. I considered it a great 'comedy' But then 99% of horror movies are comedy. I do have this on on my list of Must have DVD's. I will say that from the hype, I was expecting it to have a much higher 'gross' factor
Sounds like it's right up my alley, then.  I love a really good (and/or funny) horror movie, but I find that the older I get, the less I enjoy the 'gross' factor.  I'll definitely add this one to my must see list.  Thanks, Abby!



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EXCELLENT! JOB WELL DONE MAYA AND THANK YOU MR. DIETER..YOU ARE SIMPLY FANTASTIC!!



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There is a great new Podcast interview with Dieter Laser up on a Facebook link that you should listen to, fabulous stuff. (not ours, but great anyway :) )

http://alteredrealitiesradio.podomatic.com/entry/2011-01-31T07_32_55-08_00

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mayaXXX wrote: There is a great new Podcast interview with Dieter Laser up on a Facebook link that you should listen to, fabulous stuff. (not ours, but great anyway :) )

http://alteredrealitiesradio.podomatic.com/entry/2011-01-31T07_32_55-08_00

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Excellent!  Thank you, Maya!  :2567:



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Ohhh! That's where I remember him from... Human Centipede. That movie was all sorts of wrong for all of the wrong reasons (Passolini's Salò, for instance, did the same sort of wrong things, but far better 35 years ago) but I thought his acting in it was brilliant. Every time I saw him playing Mantrid (having seen Lexx after HC) I kept trying to place his face. He's just a marvelous character actor, and I knew I knew him from somewhere I just couldn't put my finger on it. Thanks for the interview!

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Dieter is also a terrific person, likes getting fan feedback and you can follow him on Facebook.

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mayaXXX wrote: Dieter is also a terrific person, likes getting fan feedback and you can follow him on Facebook.

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I just sent him a friend request on Facebook.  I'm FB friends with Brian, too, and he is really awesome!  Very friendly and sweet.  :D



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