Lars von Trier is one of the most divisive filmmakers of all time, simultaneously celebrated and despised around the world. And that was true before his thoughtless "I am a Nazi" comments at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

Controversy is nothing new for the director, who's been called a sadist (his film 'Dogville,' was actually inspired by the Marquis de Sade's 'Justine'), a pornographer, a misogynist and worse. He's caused actors to walk off the set and at least one nervous breakdown, but he's also inspired fierce, even slavish, devotion from actors who claim his extreme methods are worth the ordeal.

After working on 'Dogville,' Paul Bettany said of the Danish director, "It's like he simply can't stop himself from saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. Lars ... isn't very good at expressing himself."

Read on for more about the man behind the outrageous remarks.
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