|How long have you been living in Paris?
|Then you must like it there?
||I don't live in France, I live in myself.|
|Was it intentional when you released El Topo to receive cult adoration, or was it accidental?
I read an Indian book which said "think of the work not of the product of the work." I don't think of whether or not it will have success. It's not my thing. I don't work for money, this you need to know. It's very important when you see my pictures. Because you're American, maybe you won't understand this? I don't believe in my pictures, I believe in making art. I believe in soul expression. I believe in humor, but other pictures don't believe in this.|
|After Holy Mountain you began production on an adaptation of Frank Herbert's Dune. Unfortunately the film was never made. How do you feel about this?
For me it was fantastic. I made the script and about 3000 drawings. When the picture didn't happen, I continued Dune in Heavy Metal Comics. You know, I started making it before Star Wars. In Hollywood at the time, they didn't believe in making a big show of Science Fiction. I discovered and worked with H. R. Giger and Dan O'Bannon, who later worked on Alien. |
|After Dune , you made the film Tusk in India. The film was a bit of a disaster and never got released in America.
Don't see Tusk. I bury that film. In India they paint an elephant. You see you've an elephant between the legs, and the scrotum, and your balls. I wanted to be sitting on the neck of an elephant, in order to know why they were painting it. |
|Did you really eat elephant food for 4 months, too?
No, but I drank milk of elephant. It's incredible! They brought me milk of a mother elephant, and I never had a mother as an elephant. My mother was not similar to an elephant, she was similar to a whale.|
|You've got a different perception of mothers, especially in your film Santa Sangre. Is the mother in the film autobiographical of your own mother?
Everything is autobiographical (laughs)!|
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