Charlotte Gainsboug shares our new favorite Lars von Trier story

Charlotte Gainsboug shares our new favorite Lars von Trier story (photo)

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Before he recently decided never to speak in public again, director Lars von Trier had a habit of saying crazy and controversial things. You know all about the dustup at Cannes this year that led to his vow of silence, and all the many other stories over the years about his outrageousness. It seems that when you put a microphone in front of the guy, he just can’t help himself.

What we don’t know all about is what sort of guy von Trier is away from the microphones. That’s the guy I’m curious about. Is he equally wild and unpredictable on the set, or is he more quiet and thoughtful? What’s he like when he’s directing a movie? I put the question to two of the stars of his new movie “Melancholia,” which opens today in theaters and is currently available on demand. The response from Charlotte Gainsbourg, who had previously worked with LvT on “Antichrist,” is basically my new favorite Lars von Trier story.

“I loved working with him on ‘Antichrist,’ Gainsbourg told me. “It was incredible because it was the first time. For [‘Melancholia’] I remember going up to see him in Denmark, and I had my script filled with notes and questions. I opened my script, and he saw it was black with ink and he said ‘Oh, I think I’ll go and have a nap.’ He just went and slept the whole afternoon.”

Wait, he actually left and took a nap?


Yeah,” Gainsbourg continued. “He said ‘Feel free to sleep on my hammock if you want,’ and I did. We had dinner and it was fine. But I knew that I couldn’t ask any questions.”

See, I always heard directing was this super intense pursuit where you work 20 hours a day and you don’t see your family for weeks on end. You can direct and take naps during meetings? Apparently, I’m in the wrong field.

You can watch the video of Gainsbourg’s story below. And remember, actors: don’t ask Lars von Trier questions.

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What’s your favorite crazy Lars von Trier story? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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