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Lars von Trier has revealed that he is undergoing treatment for drugs and alcohol addiction.
The famously prickly Danish director behind such films as Dogville, Melancholia and Nymphomaniac revealed that he is now clean and attending AA meetings in an interview he gave Danish newspaper Politiken, cited by the Guardian on Friday.
In a frank admission, von Trier, 58, said he had to drink a bottle of vodka daily to help him enter a “parallel world” he felt he needed to be in to be creative, and that almost all of his films were written under the influence.
The director worried that now, because he was clean, he would only produce “shitty films.”
“I don’t know if I can make any more films, and that worries me,” he said, adding: “There is no creative expression of artistic value that has ever been produced by ex-drunkards and ex-drug addicts. Who the hell would bother with a Rolling Stones without booze or with a Jimi Hendrix without heroin?”
Von Trier said that Dogville, fuelled by a drug binge, was written in 12 days, whereas he had written Nymphomaniac while sober and that had taken 18 months.
The interview was von Trier first major one since 2011, when he maintained a vow of silence in reaction to the storm of controversy for his comments expressing empathy for Adolf Hitler.
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