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Willem Dafoe Says " 'Antichrist' Is A More Dangerous, Risky Movie Than 'Nymphomaniac' "

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist August 1, 2014 at 2:27PM

Having worked with Lars von Trier on four movies to date (including the two-volume "Nymphomaniac"), Dafoe is more than familiar with director's boundary-pushing narratives. After all, his character did get his balls crushed and was jerked off while unconscious until he ejaculated blood in "Antichrist." And probably for that reason alone, Willem Dafoe believes that film mashes more controversy buttons than von Trier's newest provocation.
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Antichrist Willem Dafoe

Having worked with Lars von Trier on four movies to date (including the two-volume "Nymphomaniac"), Willem Dafoe is more than familiar with director's boundary-pushing narratives. After all, his character did get his balls crushed and was jerked off while unconscious until he ejaculated blood in "Antichrist." And probably for that reason alone, Dafoe believes that film mashes more controversy buttons than von Trier's newest provocation.

Speaking recently with Total Film, the actor said risky movies can still be made in today's cinematic environment that tends to favor sure things, and blockbusters. "I think there's room. Though I would say 'Antichrist' is a more dangerous, risky movie than 'Nymphomaniac,' " Dafoe said. "I like Lars [von Trier] a great deal. He has a good instinct to ask the unaskable."

We'll leave it for you to decide which of these von Trier films deserves the title of most dangerous. The one where Charlotte Gainsbourg masturbates and cuts off her clitoris? Or the one where students are graphically taught how to perform an abortion? Or maybe another movie entirely more risqué than either of them? Let us know below. [via Xposé]

This article is related to: Willem Dafoe, Nymphomaniac