Lars Von Trier is a weird dude. If you need proof of that, watch one of his movies. Consequently, it’s not that much of a shock that he said he sympathized with Hitler and called himself a Nazi during the press conference for his new movie Melancholia (starring Kirsten Dunst) at Cannes. To preface, he answered with this after being asked about his interest in the Nazi aesthetic.
“The only thing I can tell you is that I thought I was a Jew for a long time and was very happy being a Jew, then later on came [Danish and Jewish director] Susanne Bier, and suddenly I wasn’t so happy about being a Jew. That was a joke. Sorry. But it turned out that I was not a Jew. If I’d been a Jew, then I would be a second-wave Jew, a kind of a new-wave Jew, but anyway, I really wanted to be a Jew and then I found out that I was really a Nazi, because my family is German. And that also gave me some pleasure. So, I, what can I say? I understand Hitler. I think he did some wrong things but I can see him sitting in his bunker. I’m saying that I think I understand the man. He is not what we could call a good guy, but yeah, I understand much about him and I sympathize with him … But come on! I’m not for the Second World War. And I’m not against Jews. No, not even Susanne Bier. I am very much for them. As much as Israelis are a pain in the ass. How do I get out of this sentence? Okay, I am a Nazi. As for the art, I’m for Speer. Albert Speer I liked. He was also one of God’s best children. He has a talent that … Okay, enough.”
According to The Huffington Post, the press were both shocked and laughed at his comments. Dunst just let out an “Oh my God, this is terrible.” Sort of like what a mother does when her kid runs out of the bathroom with a turd in their hand. Lars later told the AP the comments were mostly a joke.
“I don’t have so much to say, so I kind of have to improvise a little and just to let the feelings I have kind of come out into words,” von Trier said. “This whole Nazi thing, I don’t know where it came from, but you spend a lot of time in Germany, you sometimes want to feel a little free and just talk about this (expletive), you know?”
His publicists still had to issue a public apology saying Von Trier “sincerely apologized” for the comments. “I am not anti-Semitic or racially prejudiced in any way, nor am I a Nazi.”
Another thing which those comments largely overshadowed. Lars Von Trier struck terror into the hearts of people everywhere when he threatened to make hardcore porn starring Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg. He joked now that Kirsten got a taste of being nude on film, she wants more.
“Now she wants more. That’s how women are, and Charlotte is behind this. They want a really, really, really hardcore film this time, and I’m doing my best,” von Trier said, as Dunst and Gainsbourg chuckled uncomfortably beside him.
To echo the sentiments of Kirsten Dunst, “Oh my God, this is terrible.” I’d rather be smashed in the nuts with a 2×4 and orgasm blood like in Von Trier’s Antichrist than watch that.