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Lars von Trier Claims His Next Film Is A Porno, While He Announces Then Retracts Nazi Sympathies

Written by on May 18, 2011 

Lars von Trier got the attention of much of the press at Cannes back in 2009 when he announced at the press conference for Antichrist that he was “the best director in the world,” among other things. Now, the press conference for Melancholia (our review) has brought us even more wonderful quotes from the Danish filmmaker.

We reported back in March that he planned to make The Nymphomaniac his next film, which he himself said is “a film about a woman’s erotic birth, a woman who discovers her eroticism.” Naturally, the title and that description should immediately lead you to the conclusion that things might get a little graphic. Today, he let it be known that it may be even more explicit than we previously imagined.

At the press conference, he said that his next film – as Kirsten Dunst demanded – will be porn. He was quoted as saying “That’s how women are. Really hard core. That’s what I’m writing now.” ThePlaylist reports that actor Stellan Skarsgard seemed to confirm his comments, as he said that von Trier was being sincere. People who have seen Antichrist know that he isn’t scared of showing actual penetration onscreen, but just as that movie used doubles for its infamous shot, I wouldn’t expect any stars to have sex onscreen for his next film.

And because saying that he’ll next be making porn wasn’t quite enough, Lars also went on to “announce” his Nazi sympathies. Saying that he grew up thinking he was Jewish, he learned that his family was German. This led to the following soon-to-be-classic quote:

“But then I found out I was actually a Nazi. My family was German. That also gave me pleasure. What can I say? I understand Hitler. I sympathize with him a bit.”

He backed off a bit, saying that he wasn’t “in favor of” World War II, and that he doesn’t have anything against Jews, but did mention that “Israel is a pain in the ass.”

Strangely enough, a lot of people didn’t seem to understand immediately that this was just von Trier being von Trier, and they got a little mad. To help quell any problems that could arise from his statements, he issued the following apology:

“If I have hurt someone this morning by the words I said at the press conference, I sincerely apologize. I am not anti-semitic or racially prejudiced in any way, nor am I a Nazi.”

He may be angry and self-centered, but at least he’s not a Nazi. The New York Post has a video of him saying all this crazy stuff, and I highly recommend that you take a look at it below:

Would you want to see von Trier make porn next? What do you think of his satirical quotes about being a Nazi?


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