Has being banned from the Cannes Film Festival troubled controversial director Lars von Trier at all? Apparently not. He seems to be loving his new status as bad boy of the fest, although he's insisting, "I'm not Mel Gibson."
At a previously scheduled roundtable interview on Thursday, Von Trier stated, "I'm very proud of being persona non grata. I've never been that before in my life, and that suits me extremely well."
He explained that when he used the word "Nazi," he was simply using "stupid" Danish slang in which "Nazi" is a synonym for "German." Even if that's true, it doesn't begin to explain his statement that he "sympathizes with Hitler."
The 'Melancholia' director acknowledged, "I'm known for provocations, but I like provocations when they have a purpose." He admitted, "This had no purpose whatsoever. Because I'm not Mel Gibson. I'm definitely not Mel Gibson."