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Lars von Trier apologizes for saying he's a Nazi and understands Hitler

Published May 19, 2011

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]


Posted by Joshua Gillin at 3:10:15 pm on May 18, 2011