Werner Herzog says he’s never found a dog cute

"I would assign a dog a different word."

Werner Herzog has admitted that he has never found a dog “cute” – or much else, for that matter.

The acclaimed director recently starred in Star Wars show The Mandalorian, which received a lot of attention thanks to the Baby Yoda phenomenon.

However, asked by The New York Times whether he considered the tiny, green creature cute, Herzog answered: “No, not cute. It was a phenomenal achievement of sculpting mechanically. When I saw this, it was so convincing, it was so unique.

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Baby Yoda in ‘The Mandalorian’. Credit: Disney / Lucasfilm

“And then the producers talked about, Shouldn’t we have a fallback version with green screen and have it be completely digitally created? I said to them: It would be cowardly. You are the trailblazers. Show the world what you can do.

He then reiterated: “Not cute. It’s heartbreaking.”

However, Herzog was then pressed on whether he thought anything was cute – including dogs – the director adding: “No. I would assign a dog a different word.”

It was previously revealed that Herzog was less-than-happy at the prospect of using a CGI Baby Yoda, apparently calling out the crew when they planned to do a take without the puppet, saying: “You are cowards. Leave it.”

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Meanwhile, it was recently revealed that Rosario Dawson would be joining The Mandalorian for its second season, playing Star Wars fan favourite Ahsoka Tano. The character first popped-up as Anakin Skywalker’s padawan in The Clone Wars.

Filming has already finished on the second season, with the show expected to drop on Disney+ later this year.

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