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Overview (3)

Born in Wermelskirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Nickname The Raging Boll
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

As a child, he produced a number of short films on Super 8 and video before beginning his studies as a film director in Munich and Vienna. He also studied literature and economics in Cologne and Siegen. Uwe graduated from university in 1995 with a doctorate in literature. From 1995-2000, he was a producer and director with Taunus Film-Produktions GmbH. Boll is currently Chief Executive Officer of Bolu Filmproduction and Distribution GmbH which he founded in 1992. He continues to direct, write and produce feature films. His main companies are Event Films in Vancouver and Bolu Film in Germany.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Uwe Boll

Spouse (1)

Leanne D. Chan (? - ?) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

Trade Mark (5)

Frequently directs movie versions of video games
Frequently casts Michael Paré and Will Sanderson
Frequently shoots his films in Vancouver, British Columbia
His films often feature a scene involving the death of a child
Recurring flashback scenes

Trivia (15)

His favorite film of 2005 was Sin City (2005). His favorite film of 2012 was Django Unchained (2012). His favorite film of 2013 was The Wolf of Wall Street (2013).
He is good friends with Clint Howard and cast him in Blackwoods (2001), Heart of America (2002), and House of the Dead (2003). He is also good friends with Dominic Purcell and Michael Paré. Paré is in over 15 Boll films.
Challenged his critics in June 2006 to a "put up or shut up" boxing match. His production company issued a press release stating that Boll would challenge his 5 harshest critics each to a 10-round boxing match. To be eligible, the critic must have written two extremely negative reviews of Boll, in print or on the Web, in 2005. The fights are documented in the film Raging Boll (2010). Boll knocked out all opponents.
Was a film critic for a local radio station in the late 1980s.
Cites Apocalypse Now (1979) as his favorite movie.
Has worked with Robin Morningstar on a proposed film of Konami property Contra, which either has resulted in the mock Uwe Boll's Contra trailer by fans on the internet, or the fanbase was unknowingly ironic in its timing.
Planned on making a film based on long running Sega franchise Wonder Boy, with a script by Robin Morningstar. Intentions moved so far along that Caitlin Stasey from Aussie soap Neighbours was attached to a part. When Sega decided to leave the character for all intents and purposes dead, the project collapsed, and was featured as the main news story in issue 51 of Retro Gamer Magazine.
Despite several Razzie Award nominations, including one "win" for Worst Director, not one of the films he has directed has been awarded the Razzie for Worst Picture.
Cites the Trevor Howard / Marlon Brando version of Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) as the film that made him want to be a movie director.
Lists The Searchers (1956), Taxi Driver (1976), Apocalypse Now (1979), Citizen Kane (1941), A Clockwork Orange (1971), and Breaking the Waves (1996) as some of his favorite films.
Considered fighting comedian Ron Sparks when he challenged critics to a boxing match during the filming of Postal (2007) but ultimately declined because of Sparks' age, height and weight advantage - and due to the fact he'd be fighting several challengers back-to-back. Boll ultimately defeated every opponent in the Vancouver matches, which can be seen in the Raging Boll (2010) documentary.
[2010] Empire Magazine's 'The 50 Worst Movies Ever' includes 2 films by Uwe Boll: House of the Dead (2003) (Nr.35) and Alone in the Dark (2005) (Nr. 21). Boll is the only director with 2 films on the list.
Is a fan of District 9 (2009).
An admirer of Michael Haneke's films and the early work of Oliver Stone.
Worked together with Academy Award winners Ben Kingsley and J.K. Simmons, Academy Award nominees Burt Reynolds and Eric Roberts, and Golden Globe winner Elisabeth Moss.

Personal Quotes (11)

[about his favorite book, Gustavus Myers' "The History of American Fortunes"] If you follow the money, like the writer did - the history of the Rockefellers and so on - you find out about real history. In that book you learn that the Civil War was not about freeing the slaves, it was all about the money, etc.
[about what he learned from his disastrous experience with Alone in the Dark (2005)] That a script matters.
[on fighting--and winning--against all of his critics in a boxing ring] You see what happens when people get hit in the head? They like my movies!
[asked about how game developers are involved in the making of Postal (2007)] Yeah, they were very involved, this time too much involved, I wrote the script, it's their baby. They liked the treatment, but they didn't like the approach of some stuff, they thought it was too funny, but I said the only way to tell a story like "Postal" is to do it funny, let people laugh. I don't want a movie like Taxi Driver (1976) where a guy is killing everybody, too many movies like that. "Postal" is a movie where everybody is running amok, everyone has good reasons to run amok from the welfare office guy to the police officer. Coming up in two to three weeks, they will be really happy, like our cast . . . I think it will be hilarious.
I want to make good movies. Of course, I want to make entertaining movies for the younger audience, and this is a lot of times not working with film critics who are more into drama or art-house movies. But on the other hand, I always try to make solid movies.
The German press is not friendly to me. I can compare it to the US press. I had 25% really bad reviews, like, "Oh, a Boll movie. Typical trash." But some said it was "by far Boll's best movie." They compared it to, not The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), but something weaker like Eragon (2006).
Maybe you know it, but it's not so easy to finance movies in total. The reason I am able to do these kind of movies is I have a tax shelter fund in Germany, and if you invest in a movie in Germany you get basically 50% back from the government.
[on Hollywood] That is the most bullsh*t business with bullsh*t idiots, one after the other lined up behind each other. You know, they are all fu*king each other in the asses and nobody makes any decisions. All the actors I ever worked with, Ben Kingsley, whatever, are fu*king pussies, nothing else! They are in the as*holes of their managers, agents and publicists and attorneys...[June 2015]
I do not play video games at all.
If a genre film is made in Germany, like Anatomy (2000) back then, it's all harmless. It will be produced so it can be broadcast during prime time on television. It's not comparable with the level of violence we know from Asia or the USA. In my opinion, genre films are not possible in Germany because of that. What is sponsored in Germany? Mostly TV co-productions with the handbrake engaged. For example, nobody will be hired who could make blood effects. Next to that, there is still the underground in Germany, formerly with directors like Jörg Buttgereit or Olaf Ittenbach, now with Marcel Walz and Timo Rose. Those are splatter guys who make some sorts of films for 50.000 or 100.000 Euros, which can never reach a broader audience, but remain C-list festival products.
[on how his film Postal (2007) got a 16 rating in Germany] There was a school class during a test screening. The students laughed hysterically, hence the 16 rating. Previously, I was absolutely sure that Postal would receive 18 or "KJ". The film shows a scene with a completely naked man and overall, everything went beyond standards. In regards to violence, it was all reduced to explosions and shootouts, but with political content. With suicide attacks and jokes about Auschwitz, I would've expected nothing less than "KJ". But no, 16. That's neither fish nor meat.

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