Personal note to self: in the very unlikely event I am ever asked to give a press conference, do NOT sit next to Lars von Trier.
The controversial director caused an international poopstorm yesterday during a Cannes press event for Melancholia, his film starring Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and my boyfriend Alexander Skarsgård. While von Trier's well-known for saying weird, provocative things during interviews, he definitely took things to a new level when he declared himself to be a Nazi.
A Nazi who understands and sympathizes with Hitler.
While the interview was really sort of ... special, in and of itself, what makes the video of von Trier's bizarre derailment into Nazi territory an absolute must-see is the presence of Kirsten Dunst. Perched next to him and visibly cringing, I don't think I've ever seen someone look quite this uncomfortable on film before.
Check it out:
Oh my god, are you not just DYING for her? Poor Kirsten, she looks like she's succumbing to an increasingly explosive intestinal ailment. I can't even imagine what was going through her head, other than a repeated and fervent prayer the earth would open up and swallow her whole.
Afterwards, von Trier issued a number of weaselly "apologies," including this terse statement:
[von Trier] let himself be egged on by a provocation. He presents his apology. The direction of the Festival acknowledges this and is passing on Lars von Trier’s apology.
In a follow-up interview, he explained that he was just being sarcastic with the Nazi comments and trying to make a joke, but I'm guessing this is cold comfort for Dunst. Not only did he force her to sit through the Hitler craziness, but he totally threw her under a bus when he described her dark character in Melancholia, saying, "I would say Kirsten, thank god, has some knowledge of depression."
Way to remind everyone she went to rehab for depression in 2008, von Douchebucket. Her reaction to that comment was to slouch in her seat, nod reluctantly, and presumably vow never, ever, ever to star in one of his movies ever again.
In the wake of Nazi-Gate, von Trier says he's eager to return to his home country of Denmark, where he plans on directing—I am not making this up—porn.
I want to be surrounded by porn people who love me for what I am, who say, "Where do you want the erection, where do you want the penetration." Where it's not complicated. There wouldn't be a porn star running out there saying "Lars said this or Lars said that."
Just a guess, but I'm pretty sure we won't be seeing Kirsten Dunst joining him on stage to accept a Stiffy award any time soon.
What do you think about von Trier's comments? Do you suppose it really was a joke gone horribly wrong?
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