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Postal Director Uwe Boll
Kailas | October 15, 2007 at 01:11 pmby
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I think the basic idea behind a film like Postal is to show that we are all going in the wrong direction. It’s not only about George Bush or Osama bin Laden (in our movie the two are good buddies). We show kind of a Team America attitude that it’s all so fucked up and that it’s absurd in a way. I think that normal people, we don’t have power, so we sit and analyse what’s going on in the world and we think, ‘Why are they doing this? Why did they launch the Iraq war? Why now in the Middle East do we have another war? Why are the terrorists and fanatical Muslims flipping out and sending death threats over cartoons? Why is this craziness all happening?’
If we were stood on the Moon and we looked down on the Earth, just another planet out of thousands, watching humans on track to destroy the whole planet, it seems to make no sense. We have another type of movie, like Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth movie about global warming that shows how we are destroying the natural world and how all the companies that we read about every day in the papers are ignoring the facts. Hurricane Katrina and the tsunami in Thailand shows that natural disasters are becoming more and more prevalent, and instead of taking care of the major problem, we carry on plundering nature and destroying the planet with weapons and nuclear tests like what’s happening in North Korea right now. So my reaction to all this craziness is a comedy. I think it’s almost too crazy and too serious a situation to make a serious movie about it.
Stanley Kubrick did a similar thing during the Cold War of course, with Dr. Strangelove, an absolute masterpiece, and I think in the last few years this kind of comedy has disappeared a little. We are getting lots of Wedding Crashers-type comedy and Jackass-type comedy, but they are totally un-political. Earlier films, like what Monty Python did with Life of Brian, were more like commentaries about the reality. With this film I am trying a little to follow in their footsteps to make an incorrect, overdrawn comedy, but a very harsh and political one.