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Lars von Trier Did Not Torture Kirsten Dunst, Claims Lars von Trier

We'll admit it: A year ago, when we heard that Kirsten Dunst had signed on to star in Lars von Trier's Melancholia, we were a little bit worried for her! After all, von Trier has a habit of putting his actresses and their characters through the wringer, asking them to play-act genital mutilation, rape, and other not-so-fun things (which led his Dancer in the Dark leading lady Björk to publicly break with the brusque director after filming). But don't worry about Dunst, von Trier told Empire. "I think that Kirsten got off far too easy. Far too easy," laughed the world's most ominous eBay seller. "She was not dragged through any masturbation. She had a very smooth ride, I would say." How has this man not played a James Bond villain? [Empire]

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