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2090293 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2011-05-18 19:10:15.0 UTC 2011-05-18T15:10:15.000-04:00 content/lars-von-trier-apologizes-saying-hes-nazi-and-understands-hitler published 2011-05-18 19:10:15.0 UTC 2011-05-18T15:10:15.000-04:00 drupal 61236 Director Lars von Trier has caused quite a ruckus at Cannes Film Festival, having to apologize for saying he understood Adolf Hitler once he found out he wasn't a Jew. Who in the entertainment industry could be offended by that? "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," the Danish director, 55, told the press during a news conference about his movie Melancholia, starring Kristen Dunst. "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." His mother had revealed on her deathbed that the man he thought was his father really wasn't, in case you were curious what he meant. In any event, Reuters reports he said he was sorry on Wednesday for being stupid: "If I have hurt someone this morning by the words I said at the press conference, I sincerely apologize. I am not antisemitic or racially prejudiced in any way, nor am I a Nazi," his statement read, according to Reuters. In any event, he pretty much killed his chances at that Palme d'Or, don't you think? [Photo: With Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg on Wednesday. Getty Images] Source Joshua Gillin juice Hollyweird,Across the pond,Oh no they di'n't Lars von Trier apologizes for saying he's a Nazi and understands Hitler templatedata/tampabaytimes/BlogArticle/data/juice/2011/05/18/61236-lars-von-trier-apologizes-saying-hes-nazi-and-understands-hitler BlogArticle Director Lars von Trier has caused quite a ruckus at Cannes Film Festival, having to apologize for saying he understood Adolf Hitler once he found out he wasn't a Jew. Who in the entertainment industry could be offended by that?Hollyweird,Across the pond,Oh no they di'n'tHollyweird,Across the pond,Oh no they di'n'tJoshua Gillin 607577 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-10-24 21:18:09.0 UTC 2012-10-24T17:18:09.000-04:00 joshua-gillin published Joshua Gillin <p>Joshua Gillin is a staff writer for <a href="http://www.politifact.com/florida">PolitiFact Florida</a> and the <i>Tampa Bay Times</i>. He previously was a reporter, editor and blogger for <i>tbt*</i>, the daily tabloid edition of the Times, and still writes their bi-weekly video game column, Geek Speak. A Nebraska native, he has a degree in journalism from his home state university and is a diehard Cornhusker. Besides a stint writing about media news for The Poynter Institute, he has worked in many writing and editing capacities in news, sports and features at the <i>Philadelphia Inquirer</i>, the <i>Savannah</i> (Ga.) <i>Morning News</i> and the <i>Pittsburgh Tribune-Review</i>. He lives in St. Petersburg.</p> PolitiFact Florida/Times Staff Writer writers DTI 39829753 Joshua Gillin is a staff writer for PolitiFact Florida and the Tampa Bay Times. He previously was a reporter, editor and blogger for tbt*, the daily tabloid edition of the Times, and still writes their bi-weekly video game column, Geek Speak. A Nebraska native, he has a degree in journalism from his home state university and is a diehard Cornhusker. Besides a stint writing about media news for The Poynter Institute, he has worked in many writing and editing capacities in news, sports and features at the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Savannah (Ga.) Morning News and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He lives in St. Petersburg. <p>Phone: (727) 893-8337</p><p>Email: <a href="mailto:jgillin@tampabay.com">jgillin@tampabay.com</a> </p><p>Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/jpgillin">@JPGillin</a></p> 1 /resources/images/dti/2012/10/Gillin_Joshua_wp.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/AuthorProfile/data/39829753-joshua-gillin AuthorProfile 2012-10-24 21:18:09.0 UTC 2012-10-24T17:18:09.000-04:00 2269341 2016-03-14 22:39:09.0 UTC 5 Months Ago madonna-is-melting-down-on-stages-across-australia juice Madonna is melting down on stages across Australia BlogArticle 2269187 2016-03-13 22:39:47.0 UTC 5 Months Ago where-is-richard-simmons-friends-say-fitness-guru-is-being-held-against juice Where is Richard Simmons? Friends say fitness guru is being held against his will BlogArticle <p><a href="/blogs/juice/imagebrowser/view/imagecache/61234/Full" target="_blank"><img height="415" width="623" src="/resources/images/blogs/juice/61234.jpg" alt="rsz_tbd-larsvontrier051911.jpg" class="ibimage" /></a></p> <p>Director <strong>Lars von&nbsp;Trier</strong> has caused quite a ruckus at Cannes Film&nbsp;Festival, having to apologize for saying he understood <strong>Adolf Hitler</strong> once he found out he wasn't a Jew. Who in the entertainment industry could be offended by that?</p> <p>&quot;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,&quot; the Danish director, 55, told the press during a news conference about his movie <em>Melancholia</em>, starring<strong> Kristen Dunst</strong>. &quot;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.&quot;</p> <!--break--> <p>His mother had revealed on her deathbed that the man he thought was his father really wasn't, in case you were curious what he meant. In any event,&nbsp;Reuters reports he said he was sorry on Wednesday for being stupid: &quot;If I have hurt someone this morning by the words I said at the press conference, I sincerely apologize. I am not antisemitic or racially prejudiced in any way, nor am I a Nazi,&quot; his statement read, according to Reuters. In any event, he pretty much killed his chances at that Palme d'Or, don't you think?</p> <p><em>[Photo:&nbsp;With&nbsp;Dunst and <strong>Charlotte Gainsbourg</strong> on Wednesday. Getty Images]<br /> </em></p> <p><a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/18/us-cannes-hitler-idUSTRE74H37320110518" target="_blank"><em>Source</em></a></p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:59:25