Kirsten Dunst appears in the new film Melancholia, which has been getting amazing reviews but a lot of bad press because of remarks made by it’s director, Lars Von Trier. Kirsten Dunst defends the remarks, saying that they were just a joke that went badly. Hrm.
At the Cannes Film Festival, where Dunst won the Best Actress prize for her role in the film, the two attended a press conference where Von Trier stunned reporters by rambling nonsensically about his German heritage and then saying that he could “understand” Hitler.
After making the comments Von Trier was asked to leave the festival and banned from the event for life. The director has even become the subject of an investigation concerning the possibility that he violated a French law against justifying war crimes.
Now Kirsten Dunst defends Von Trier’s comments during an interview on Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show. Dunst explained, “He tried to make a joke because the journalist asked him an inappropriate question about his mother and their relationship and what happened when she died.
“He was like, ‘Well, she told me that my father, who I thought was my father, wasn’t my father, basically – and this other guy was.’ But how he explained it was, ‘I thought he was Jewish, but…’ He tried to make a joke… and it just kind of spiralled (out of control)… I tried to stop him as much as I could.”
as Kirsten Dunst defends Lars Von Trier’s remarks she tried to lighten the mood with a joke, saying, “Everyone can YouTube it. My face is pretty funny… every emotion possible.”