Standing in the foreign section of the video store, I remember being slightly shocked at the high brow Klaus Kinski movies. Because, a few feet away in the horror section, he was in nothing but crap including some Israeli Golan-Globus productions.
Kinski's two daughters noted that the guy, at least in the Werner Herzog movies, was basically playing himself, acting on screen pretty much the way he behaved in private.
Someone else noted that the one Herzog movie that Kinski bombed in was Woyzeck in which he plays an oppressed soldier. He could only play megalomaniacs.
I think the guy was another Charlie Sheen.
Sheen was a terrible actor who appeared in one awful movie after another. He was in Platoon which was good, but other than that, it was nothing but absolute crap. He finally hit it big on Two and a Half Men on which he basically played himself.
Werner Herzog movies were Kinski's Two and a Half Men.
The lesson for independent filmmakers
Look for really lousy actors who will work really well in your films.
Tony Danza could be your Klaus Kinski.