Kirsten Dunst Explains Her Reaction to Lars Von Trier’s Hitler Comments

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 18: (L-R) Actresses Kirsten Dunst, director Lars Von Trier and Charlotte Gainsbourg attends the "Melancholia" photocall at the Palais des Festivals during the 64th Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2011 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images) Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/2011 Getty Images

Kirsten Dunst made some very memorable faces back in May, when Lars von Trier made a series of ill-advised, now very thoroughly discussed jokes about Nazis at the Cannes Film Festival. In an interview with the Guardian, the actress attempted to lend words to her physical reaction: “Well yeah, you could see my face. I was choking, because I’m watching a friend having a meltdown. And what he’s saying is horrendous in a roomful of press ... But no one laughed and he just kept unravelling." Actually, when you think about it, her actions were a little heroic. As she explained to the paper, unlike her Melancholia co-stars — most of whom were also onstage with Von Trier when he started in with Hitler — she was at least trying to do something about the situation: "No one wanted to help. I was the only one to lean in to Lars and get him to stop.” A noble effort, but everyone knows you can't stop Lars. [Guardian UK via Movieline]