“We did ask him very politely”: Marvel Failed to Get Legendary German Director as JARVIS Who Nearly Got Christian Bale Killed in Epic War Movie

What If...? series planned to feature alternate universe version of JARVIS with Werner Herzog to voice the character.

“We did ask him very politely”: Marvel Failed to Get Legendary German Director as JARVIS Who Nearly Got Christian Bale Killed in Epic War Movie

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  • What If...? series will feature the alternate universe version of Tony Stark's JARVIS which is named as WERNER. 
  • The series writer planned Wener Herzog to voice the character.
  • However, the filmmaker politely turned it down.
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Marvel Cinematic Universe introduced us to many iconic characters including Paul Bettany’s JARVIS. The AI butler assisted the titular character in the Iron Man sub-franchise. Iron Man’s computerized butler not only helped him in his adventures but also had control over the high-tech devices of his lab. In the upcoming What If…? series, an alternate-universe version of JARVIS will be featured, with headwriter, A.C. Bradley having plans to name it as WERNER. For the role, she approached, Werner Herzog to voice the character but he refused the opportunity. 

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JARVIS and Tony Stark
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For the unversed, Herzog is the same director who nearly got Christian Bale killed in the epic-war film, Rescue Dawn

Marvel Approached Werner Herzog to Voice Alternate Universe Version of JARVIS 

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Werner Herzog [Courtesy of FRANÇOIS DUHAMEL/DISNEY+]
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Christian Bale in Rescue Dawn (2006)
Christian Bale in Rescue Dawn (2006)

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Christian Bale worked with Herzog in the 2006 war epic, Rescue Dawn which almost ended up risking his life. However, the Batman Begins actor was quick to defy his wishes. Referring to his character, Lt. Dieter Dengler’s helicopter rescue scene, the filmmaker disregarded the producer’s safety concerns, wanting to go ahead with a stunt scene. Bale recalled in an interview with GQ

“We were in the helicopter… and we’re in the jungle on top of that. It was flown by these pilots that were crazy and they would take off in these crazy manoeuvres and you’d take out half a tree as you went. And I was standing, you know, on the rail, just hanging on from it. It was something else. I can’t remember what he suggested, but obviously in that moment I didn’t agree.”

He eventually lost his temper and called out the director stating that he would not be following what he wanted from him. 

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“I am not going to f**kin’ die for you, Werner! You got that?”

Eventually, they did not go ahead with the plan. Despite that, the movie ended up receiving critical acclaim. It is now streaming on Hulu. Meanwhile, What If…? is available on Disney+. 

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