Lars Von Trier declares he'll never say anything publicly again, about Nazis or otherwise
After boldly going it alone in his quest to, after years of pretending they didn’t exist, finally get everyone to acknowledge the Nazis, director Lars Von Trier has decided he’s done talking to anyone about anything, even if it has nothing to do with Nazis. The director says he was visited today by Danish police, who were pursuing a (fairly ridiculous) investigation into whether Trier had broken a French law regarding the “justification of war crimes” by joking about understanding Hitler during his disastrous Cannes panel. And although Trier has since been outspokenly unrepentant about his statements—saying he refused to apologize in a GQ interview, arguing that we are all Nazis sometimes at a Berlin panel, yelling “NAZI!” instead of “Yahtzee” whenever he plays the game, which started off funny but is now quite annoying—that encounter with Denmark’s finest has pushed him to declare that fine, he’s just gonna sit over here and not say anything ever again. “Due to these serious accusations, I have realized that I do not possess the skills to express myself unequivocally,” Trier said in an appropriately terse statement, “and I have therefore decided from this day forth to refrain from all public statements and interviews.” Of course, there’s no telling how long this will actually last: Trier’s compulsion to give outrageous statements and interviews is intrinsically a part of his personality, just like man’s deep-down, inherent Nazi-ness.