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Director Lars von Trier says, 'I'm a Nazi'

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Cannes director calls himself a Nazi

A shocking statement from director Lars von Trier at the Cannes Film Festival that he's a Nazi has scandalized Hollywood. Will his provocative declaration get him blacklisted?

Lars von Trier

Director Lars von Trier sent shockwaves through the Cannes Film Festival today when he announced, "I'm a Nazi."

The filmmaker is in Cannes to promote his new movie, Melancholia, which stars Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland and Charlotte Gainsbourg.

During a press conference for the film, von Trier told reporters, "I thought I was a Jew for a long time. I was very happy being a Jew." He continued, "I really wanted to be a Jew and then I found out I was really a Nazi, because my family was German. Which also gave me some pleasure."

He went on to state that he felt sympathy for Hitler. "What can I say? I understand Hitler," he claimed. "I think he did some wrong things, yes, absolutely... but I understand much about him and I sympathize with him a little bit."

At this point, E! News reports, a "visibly uncomfortable" Dunst, who was also fielding questions at the media event, touched von Trier, as if attempting to quiet him.

Instead, von Trier concluded, "OK. I'm a Nazi."

The Nazi rant came after earlier remarks in the press conference when, asked what his next movie would be, von Trier joked that his next film would be a three-to-four-hour-long adult movie starring Dunst and Gainsbourg, featuring "lots of uncomfortable sex."

Too bad von Trier didn't learn anything from Mel Gibson, whose anti-Semitic rant turned Hollywood against him.

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