Werner Herzog eats his shoe

Every filmmaker should have a friend and supporter like Werner Herzog. Back in the late 1970s, the famous (infamous?) filmmaker made a bet with his friend Errol Morris. At the time, Morris was working on his first film, but Herzog knew how hard it can be to finish a project. He bet Morris that, if he finished the film, he would eat his shoe.

Of course, this was part insult and part challenge. If Herzog “won” the bet, he would prove how hard it can be to make films. If he lost… well, he’d be eating some tough shoe leather.

In 1978, Morris released “Gates Of Heaven.” He has since gone on to become one of the most successful and well-known documentary filmmakers of the last 40 years, making “The Thin Blue Line” (1988), “Fast, Cheap and Out of Control” (1997), “The Fog of War” (2003) and many others.

Being a great friend, HerzogĀ admitted that he lost the bet, and ate his shoe. In April 1979, 36 years ago, he cooked some tough shoe leather and ate it, while the event was filmed by Les Blanc. Watch the short preview below, or click here to see the whole thing and learn more.

Oh, and if you want to know more about Werner Herzog, ShoutTV! has 16 of his films available for free.