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


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]