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Animated Werner Herzog saves Joaquin Phoenix's life

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Lunch break!

The insanely bizarre life that is Joaquin Phoenix's just got a lot weirder. And more animated.

It seems Phoenix flipped his car back in 2006 on Sunset Boulevard in California and was pulled from the wreckage by none other than the German director Werner Herzog.

The disheveled actor-cum-rapper-cum-documentary film star recalled the car crash to Hollywood.com. It took him a minute to realize Herzog was at his window, but then he recognized the distinct German accent. "There's something so calming and beautiful about Werner Herzog's voice. I felt completely fine and safe. I climbed out. I got out of the car and I said, 'Thank you,' and he was gone."

Herzog, meanwhile, told the story during a promotion for his film "My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done." Animator Sascha Ciezata paired Herzog's sparse retelling with a beautiful animated short. It might be the best 2 minutes 20 seconds of the week.

Can you imagine this touching scene? "The moment I diverted my attention from him, he had picked up a cigarette and tried to light the cigarette. And I said to him, 'Man, relax.' And he said to me very calmly, 'I am relaxed.' And I said to him, 'No you are not.' And what I noticed and what he was not really aware, was that gasoline was dripping throughout the car."

I am so glad Ciezata did.

Werner Herzog should quit all other work and solely concentrate his efforts on creepy voice narrations of melancholy short films.

(Thanks to @maryammaruf for the link!)

By Melissa Bell  | September 16, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
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