Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, opening in theaters on November 20th, may share it's name with the 1992 Harvey Keitel film Bad Lieutenant but as far as director Werner Herzog is concerned, that's all they share. The film, according to the director, is not a remake but instead a film noir throwback with purposely ridicules over-the-top and hilarious moments. Nicolas Cage gives a "scene-chewing" performance like only the Oscar winning Cage can as a post-Katrina New Orleans police officer on a downward spiral of drugs, lies, power and corruption. Be sure to keep your eye out for Herzog's trademark symbolism in one scene that plays out from an imaginary Iguana's point of view and another where a dead man's soul break-dances. We had an opportunity to speak with the notoriously eccentric Herzog and leading-lady Eva Mendes about the new film, working with Nicolas Cage and those damn Iguanas. To watch our exclusive interview click on the video clip below.
In Werner Herzog's new Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, Nicolas Cage plays a rogue detective who is as devoted to his job as he is at scoring drugs, while playing fast and loose with the law. He wields his badge as often as he wields his gun in order to get his way. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina he becomes a high-functioning addict who is a deeply intuitive, fearless detective reigning over the beautiful ruins of New Orleans with authority and abandon. Complicating his tumultuous life is the prostitute he loves (played by Eva Mendes). Together they descend into their own world marked by desire, compulsion, and conscience. The result is a singular masterpiece of filmmaking, equally sad and manically humorous. Also starring Nicolas Cage, Val Kilmer, Xzibit, Michael Shannon, Shawn Hatosy, Vondie Curtis Hall, Brad Dourif, Fairuza Balk and Jennifer Coolidge, directed by Werner Herzog, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans opens in theaters on November 20th.