May 23rd, 2011
09:45 AM ET
After being labeled a "persona non grata" at the Cannes Film Festival, director Lars von Trier is still attempting to explain the Nazi joke he made during a press event last week.
"What I said was completely stupid but I am absolutely no Mel Gibson. I am absolutely not Mel Gibson," von Trier tells the Hollywood Reporter of his recent remarks that he both understood and sympathizes with Hitler.
"When I said what I did about Hitler, what I meant was I could imagine what it was like for Hitler in the bunker, making plans," he explains. "Not that I would do what Hitler did."
Still, he adds, "Even if I was Hitler, and I must now state for the record I am not Hitler, but even if I was Hitler, and I made a great film, Cannes should select it."
Though von Trier's movie "Melancholia" earned Kirsten Dunst a Palme d'Or award for best actress at this year's Cannes Film Festival, he is happy to have become an outcast at the event.
"I have to say I'm a little proud of being named a persona non grata," he says. "I think my family would be proud."
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