Around a year ago, the Star Wars franchise birthed a genuine phenomenon with the release of The Mandalorian, the franchise’s first live-action television series. The batch of episodes further expanded the mythos of the galaxy far, far away, while also introducing fans to the truly adorable « Baby Yoda ». The world has not been coy about its Baby Yoda love in the months since — including one of the pint-sized creature’s co-stars, Werner Herzog. Herzog, who is also known for being a prolific director and documentarian, recently talked about working alongside Baby Yoda in an interview with Variety.
“I tried to tell the humans who couldn’t see exactly what I saw, » Herzog explained. « And I said, ‘here’s the light. Our torchlight is going right in its eyes. It should close its eyes,’ and, of course, bang — they closed [Baby Yoda’s] eyes.”
This is far from the only anecdote surrounding Herzog’s relationship with Baby Yoda, with the frequently-stoic celebrity often treating the creature like a real human costar on set.
« Normally, you just approach them as actors, but Werner is special, » Deborah Chow, who directed episodes of The Mandalorian, revealed last November. « One of the weirdest moments I had on set, in my life, was trying to direct Werner with the baby. How did I end up with Werner Herzog and Baby Yoda? That was amazing. Werner had absolutely fallen in love with the puppet. He, at some point, had literally forgotten that it wasn’t a real being and was talking to the child as though it was a real, existing creature. »
Herzog also hasn’t been shy about his feelings for Baby Yoda, previously calling the character « heartbreakingly beautiful ».
« It’s heartbreakingly beautiful, » Werner Herzog said in an interview last year. « And I saw two technicians operating it remotely. One was for the eyes and the mouth, the other was for other facial expressions, it’s a phenomenal technical achievement, and beyond the technological achievement it’s heartbreaking. »
With the debut of Season 2 of The Mandalorian just around the corner, hopefully we’ll only get more behind-the-scenes interactions between Herzog and Baby Yoda.
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