Lars Von Trier Is Prouder of His New Tattoo Than of His New Movie

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Lars von Trier, proud persona non grata at the Festival de Cannes, spoke to the Hollywood Reporter about the time he sort of jokingly said he's a Nazi while promoting Melancholia. "I'm 55," he explained. "Maybe this is a mid-life crisis. I got my first tattoo, the letters f-u-c-k on the knuckles of my right hand. I'm prouder of this tattoo than I am of the film." Ha! But what happens if his film can't find distributors now? "Don't cry for me. If I can't do such big films, maybe that would be interesting." Hmmm. But why, exactly, did he say he sympathizes with Hitler? "When I went into the press conference I felt like I should entertain people there. And I know everyone comes to see what crazy thing Lars is going to say. And then I started a sentence which I couldn't get out of. At the time I didn't think much about it. Everyone seemed to understand and there was laughter. It's only afterward, when you read it — 'I sympathize with Hitler' — that I thought: 'Oh, boy.'" [HR]