Uys to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, which was the base for the filming.'' The airplane didn't impress him at all,'' Mr. '' He thinks we are magicians, so he believes we can do anything.
Nothing impressed him.'' In his hotel room, N!
The bottle soon becomes an coveted object among a tribe that has always shared everything. Xau) decides to carry the bottle to the end of the earth and throw it off.
The film also has several subplots, involving a bumbling microbiologist who collects animal dung; a female journalist who gives up a high-pressure job in Johannesburg to become a school teacher in the bush and a band of incompetent revolutionaries.'' It's just a slapstick comedy, with no message,'' Mr. '' I've been making comedies most of my life, and I never put a message in - it's bad for business. You rob your audiences of putting in their own messages.'' Mr.
But because Bushmen are ''such nice guys,'' Mr. Xau agreed to fly off in a plane with him and star in the film.
Largely because of the Bushman's innocent charm, '' The Gods Must Be Crazy'' is currently the longest running movie now in New York first-run - it opened here last July - and it has achieved enormous popularity both here and in cities throughout the world.This is a digitized version of an article from The Times’s print archive, before the start of online publication in 1996.To preserve these articles as they originally appeared, The Times does not alter, edit or update them.He learned to smoke, ''and he loves it,'' Mr. He also learned to enjoy liquor, especially the sake he was served when he went to Japan to promote the film.'' That really worries me,'' Mr. Uys said, ''because a liquor store has opened in the bush not far from N!Some directors go to great lengths to find just the right actor to star in their films, but probably none has ever made a search like Jamie Uys did.The 63-year-old South African director spent three months crisscrossing Africa's Kalahari Desert searching for the right Bushman to play a leading role in his film, '' The Gods Must Be Crazy.'' He finally found N! The tiny Bushman had seen only one other white man, a missionary.Since 1981, the film has earned more than million worldwide, including almost million in Japan alone, as well as million in the United States.It has also played in France, Venezuela, Sweden and other countries, and is in its third year in some.'' The more I visited the more I discovered this thing about them: They don't have a sense of property. If I put my jacket down, one of them would put it on. He picked Coca-Cola, he said, ''because it represents our plastic society.'' He added that he thought a Coca-Cola bottle ''is a beautiful thing, if you've never seen glass before.'' After writing the script, Mr. '' I wanted to meet every Bushman in the world,'' he said.Traveling with an interpreter, he visited areas of the Kalahari that he thought might be inhabited by Bushmen, and took photographs of every likely face.