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Lars Von Trier Will NEVER Give Another Interview; Retires from Public Speaking

Lars Von Trier Will NEVER Give Another Interview; Retires from Public Speaking

Thompson on Hollywood

Lars von Trier has had it, finally. After being declared “persona non grata” by the Cannes Film festival after statements he made at the Melancholia press conference, calling himself a Nazi, the Danish filmmaker has released a statement. He’s done speaking in public, period.

Today at 2 pm I was questioned by the Police of North Zealand in connection with charges made by the prosecution of Grasse in France from August 2011 regarding a possible violation of prohibition in French law against justification of war crimes. The investigation covers comments made during the press conference in Cannes in May 2011. Due to these serious accusations I have realized that I do not possess the skills to express myself unequivocally and I have therefore decided from this day forth to refrain from all public statements and interviews.

This will be fine with Kirsten Dunst, who harbors hopes of following up her Cannes best actress win with a best actress Oscar nomination. She told me in Toronto that she was happy to handle the promo chores on the PA trail without Von Trier, who does not fly. This means that I am among the last journalists to sit down with the filmmaker one-on-one. We did his last interview in Cannes.

He appeared in Berlin for a stage Q & A, which we covered here. And Von Trier was recently quoted saying he wasn’t sorry about what he said after all. So he’s decided it’s time to shut the hell up.

But he was doing phoners. Now Magnolia will have to open Melancholia without him. The more distance the better.

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The forty-five minute interview that he did with the BBC last week is available as a podcast here:

It’s a fascinating interview.

He’s both deeply intelligent and often unable to make himself understood. Kind of just what he says. He’s almost certainly a PR disaster. (He tells the BBC that Melancholia isn’t very good, for starters.)

But the piling on by Hollywood types and their enablers shows a lack of respect for someone who has made and will make very, very, good movies.

J. Sperling Reich

I’m not so sure Magnolia will suffer from not having Lars von Trier to do publicity. The film has already gotten a ton of press thanks to stints at various film festivals, including Cannes. Plus given the awards buzz Kirsten Dunst is getting, she will definitely be a draw to promote the film.

It’s a shame though that Lars von Trier won’t be speaking publicly anymore (or at least until he changes his mind). He’s a great interview and always a lot of fun in press conferences.

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