Lars von Trier Worries Sobriety Will Sap His Mojo

Fresh out of rehab and sober for 90 days, Danish director Lars von Trier fears he will be unable to make any more films because he has quit drinking and drugs, reports the website of the Danish national newspaper Politiken.

His interview breaks his three year silence since 2011′ s Cannes film festival, when, while promoting his film Melancholia, he expressed sympathy for Adolf Hitler.

“No creative expression of artistic value has ever been carried out by former alcoholics and drug addicts,” von Trier remarked to Politiken.

The writer and director, who has shocked and intrigued audiences with his sexually explicit films Antichrist and Nymphomaniac, said he used to drink a bottle of vodka every day but to be creative he combined the alcohol with various drugs. “I can’t recommend anyone to do the same. It is very dangerous and stupid in every way.”

The filmmaker, who added “von” to his name while he was a student at the National Film School of Denmark (he graduated in 1983), said in the interview he had come to a crossroads where he had to choose between the human Lars Trier and the director Lars von Trier. Von Trier is married to a schoolteacher and has four children.

[h/t] Reuters

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