Vaan: I had a lot of people say, “Yeah, I would’ve liked to met Wolf.” And I keep telling them over and over, “You would NOT have liked him.” He was a person you would not like, but you would understand. He treated you with the right amount of respect, but by the same token, he would also say what’s wrong. He was not a person to say, “Hey, nice tie!”
Mark: He was scrupulously honest, in other words.
Right! To the point where I think sometimes it was his downfall. It’s like, if you said, “Good morning,” he’d probably say, “The day just started. I don’t know.…” That’s exactly what he’d say—some shit like that. Like, “I don’t know: the damn day’s starting. Why the hell you gonna ask me that?” Or “How are you?” “I’m the same way I was. Am I supposed to change?” It was not an average answer. And it was continual, to where it would get on your nerves. And times were bad and he didn’t say times were good.
It was like—I’ll tell you what it was. It
was not all that positive-attitude thinking. It was like, say he was
hurting, and you said, “Well, just think positive.” He wouldn’t do that.
It was, “Damn, my arm cut off and I’m bleeding. I’m supposed to go with a
smile? To hell with that!” It was too much reality.... He would say,
“Damn! I’m worth more. This is OK. But I deserve better.” And the thing
is, as time went on, he was right. He was out of synch. He didn’t fit....