If you were taken aback when it was announced that acclaimed director Werner Herzog would play the villain in the next Tom Cruise movie, 'One Shot,' you're not the only one. Of course, that possible trepidation doesn't extend the director himself. Said Herzog to Movieline, the reason he was hired in the first place was because he's "good."

"I'm fairly good as an actor when it comes to roles of hostile or dangerous guys, or violent and debased and dysfunctional characters," Herzog told S.T. VanAirsdale. "And of course, since this is a big Hollywood film, they have studied my performance in other films. So I was not involved in any casting; I was just invited."

Pressed for why he was "invited," Herzog didn't bother with any modesty: "Because I'm good! You see, when it comes to an expensive film, you can't fool around and make a choice of somebody who is known as a filmmaker. If you are bad as an actor, it may really damage the film. So they apparently took a very close look -- I mean, the director, the producer, Tom Cruise -- they took a good look at what I am onscreen as an actor."

Starring Cruise and Herzog, 'One Shot' -- from the ninth novel in Lee Child's Jack Reacher series -- is in production now.

[via Movieline]

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