Lars Von Trier Makes Extensive Apology For Nazi Comments

Looks like he genuinely feels awful about what he said.

Earlier today, we learned that Melancholia director Lars von Trier was kicked out of Cannes for comments about being a Nazi and sympathizing with Hitler.

Now, Lars has opened up about his comments, and he seems to be VERY apologetic:

“I’m really sincere when I say I don’t really know what hit me. I can understand if you take things out of context. This was very sarcastic and very rude, but that’s very Danish. I’m very sorry that it’s being taken the wrong way. I must say that I believe strongly that the Holocaust is the worst crime against humanity ever, and I do not sympathize with Hitler one second.”

“I didn’t want to hurt anyone at all [with this]. Sometimes I hurt people on purpose, when there’s provocation that I want to get through that has a meaning. This doesn’t have a meaning. I’ve studied how bad the Jews have been treated in [places such as] Poland and France. This is something that matters very much to me. And this was an idiotic way to behave.”

At least he acknowledges that his behavior was idiotic. More from Lars:

“The reason why it’s so big, especially here, is that France has had a problematic relationship with Jews, and you [as an interview subject] shouldn’t touch such things. But on the other hand, being a cultural radical, you should touch such things.”

“It’s a major thing at the festival, and very problematic for the festival. And that’s a little strange, because even if I was Hitler, what does that have to do with my film being here? It’s a festival for films, not for directors.”

And more from Lars, clearly feeling bad about the whole situation:

“I don’t deserve to win a [Palme d’Or].”

“I’m not sure I’ll leave Denmark again.”

And here’s Lars on his Jewish background:

“Half my life I’ve made very many Jewish jokes because when you are Jewish, you’re allowed to do that. And now I feel kind of in-between.”

“I’m very much into the Jewish stuff. Even when I found out I’m not Jewish by my genes, all my children have Jewish names. I’m actually — too Jewish….Oh….Don’t write that. I’m just an idiot that should just say home in Denmark and never talk to anybody.”

His comments at Cannes were REALLY awful…..but we’ll admit that it sounds like he wasn’t serious.

What do U think about Lars von Trier’s apology? Do U think he sounds sincere?

May 19, 2011 4:10pm PDT

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