Wolfgang Petersen, director of ‘Das Boot’ and ‘Air Force One,’ useless at 81

Petersen, a German filmmaker, earned essentially the most awards acclaim in his profession for his 1981 World Battle II epic “Das Boot,” however his profession is populated by quite a few movies that maintain particular locations within the hearts of cult motion movie lovers.

After writing and directing 1984’s kids’s fantasy movie “The NeverEnding Story,” he went on to make a string of motion movies with a number of the largest stars of their eras, like “In the Line of Fire” (starring Clint Eastwood and Rene Russo), “Outbreak” (with Dustin Hoffman, Morgan Freeman and Russo) and “Air Force One” (with Harrison Ford and Glenn Shut).

Within the aughts, he continued the development, helming “The Perfect Storm” with George Clooney and “Troy” with Brad Pitt and “Poseidon.”

“Being directed by Wolfgang on ‘Air Force One’ remains a special memory,” actress Glenn Shut mentioned in a press release supplied to CNN. “Even though the script was thrilling and incredibly intense, I remember a lot of laughs, especially in the scenes around the huge table in the War Room.”

Petersen, she mentioned, would arrange a remote-controlled digital camera that would rotate in place, enabling him to movie all of the actors and Petersen wiould present them cues once they have been being filmed.

“You knew the camera would pause on you by his hilarious direction while setting up the shot. He would point to us in turn and say, ‘Acting…acting…NO acting…NO acting…ACTING… aaaacting!'” she recalled. “He didn’t waste anyone’s time. My memory is of a man full of joie de vivre who was doing what he most loved to do.”

Petersen is survived by his spouse, Maria Antoinette, son Daniel and two grandchildren, based on his spokesperson.