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Beef Watch: Nicolas Winding Refn 'Repulsed' By Lars Von Trier! Von Trier Says 'Fuck Him'! Porno!

by Gabe Toro
May 20, 2011 3:52 AM
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Another day, another right turn to the ridiculously stupid fall-out from Lars Von Trier's "nazi" statements. Good old humorless reporters at Cannes loved raking noted provocateur Lars Von Trier over the coals for his joking "pro-Nazi" stance before the organization dubbed him persona non grata. The next step, of course, is the reaction from other filmmakers. This should be fun.

Reportedly, Nicolas Winding Refn, who debuted "Drive" on the Riviera recently, was "repulsed" by Von Trier's comments. What that means, we don't know. Maybe Refn actually said the words, "how repulsive." Maybe he shook his head and verbally denounced Von Trier in a more specific manner. Maybe he simply made a "repulsed" facial expression, which could suggest someone misinterpreted how the "Bronson" filmmaker holds in a fart. Whatever the case, Von Trier, who apparently goes way back with Refn, thinks very little of the guy's opinion.

When informed of Refn's repulsion in an interview, Von Trier told IndieWIRE, "I've known him since he was a kid! Fuck him." Refn is the son of Anders Refn, who edited "Breaking The Waves" and "Antichrist" (and worked with Lars on several films in several capacities), so there's definitely a relationship there. While we wouldn't be surprised if Von Trier has made several professional enemies, we also wouldn't be surprised to one day see LVT and fellow Dane Refn arm in arm. In case you weren't aware of this, Von Trier says things off the cuff, and in Hollywood, people keep their friends close, but keep total fucking assholes closer.

It's a fascinating interview, which should be expected from Von Trier. Along with another prolonged, dry mea culpa for his Hitler comments (peppered with the sentiment that everyone reacted inappropriately - which is true), he reveals that Paul Thomas Anderson suggested Kirsten Dunst for "Melancholia," that his next film, "The Nymphomaniac," would be only a "softcore" pornographic affair (wimp!), and that he was deterred from adapting Wagner's "The Ring" because of Wagner's associations with... wait for it... Hitler. Oy vey!

Update: Looks like Hitler has some things to say about this latest controversy.

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  • zatopek | May 21, 2011 1:18 AMReply

    Refn said it in the Cannes press conference. He then added that "Whatever he wants to do. It's his life. The man's 60 years old." (Lars is 55).

  • Martin | May 20, 2011 12:34 PMReply

    Their relationship goes waaay back as you suggest. I am from Denmark, and you would not believe the how public their feud was sometimes. Refn was once a reoccurring guest on a Danish Radio tv-show, to do a sort of audiorecorded interview to be published as an audiobook of sorts, but broadcastet live on TV all the same - litterally sobbing and weeping about Lars, they way he and his father are treated by Lars, and goes on talking about an inferity complex towards Danish helmer Thomas Vinterberg, who he thought looked much better than himself did, and along with the success of Festen also got all the girls. Refn is one messed up dude. Those 4-5 evening live broadcasts on TV ought to be a Criterion supplement someday.

  • Heidi | May 20, 2011 12:10 PMReply

    He was asked about his German heritage and he said he wanted to be a Jew, but he found out that he was a Nazi. He would have been the hit of fesitval if he said he was ashamed of being German. I thnk Lars von Trier, while pretending to be dumb, exposed the sick mind control appartus that is behind the movie industry. Thank you, Lars von Trier. You have done the world a service.

  • tristan eldritch | May 20, 2011 11:10 AMReply

    Would have to suspect Refn's repulsion was probably expressed in the same spirit as von Trier's ardent Nazism. I would to declared "persona non grata" somewhere swanky like Cannes. It just sounds cool.

  • Sean | May 20, 2011 8:23 AMReply

    Man, The Playlist is really into farts today.

  • hank | May 20, 2011 7:51 AMReply


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