Wolfgang Petersen as "The Director of 'Poseidon'"

Wolfgang Petersen as "The Director of 'Poseidon'" You Know Him From: An Oscar nominee for "Das Boot," the German director has become one of Hollywood's most successful action directors, turning films like "In the Line of Fire," "The Perfect Storm" and "Air Force One" into huge hits. Water, Water Everywhere: "Three times is the charm. I love water. Very simple. I grew up in Hamburg in the north of Germany. I love water. I have enormous respect for water. Sometimes really afraid of water when I was a kid. Also witnessed that water, when it really gets angry is an unbelievable force of destruction. Probably the most scary. More than fire and earthquakes and all that kind of stuff." On Putting Actors Through Hell: "I'm not saying I take great pleasure in it. I take great pleasure in the fact that I don't have to do that and that I can watch it in the safety and security of a video monitor. Sometimes then, of course, I have to say, let's do it again. I'm a little bit of a perfectionist I'm afraid." Emmy Rossum On Petersen's 11 a.m. Mandatory Soup Break: "Did they tell you every soup has sausage in it? It's chicken noodle with sausage, miso soup with sausage, clam chowder with sausage, gumbo with sausage, cream of asparagus with sausage. Every soup has sausage in it and if it doesn't, it doesn't get a very good rating."
Text by Daniel Fienberg. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.
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