Director May Face Charges for Calling Himself a Nazi

Danish dunderhead and director of occasionally great films Lars von Trier says he's being investigated by French authorities for saying (jokingly) that he's a Nazi. (The video is here.)

Yeah, see France has this law about it being illegal to justify war crimes or something, so it's possible that von Trier saying that he "sympathize[s]" with Hitler is in violation of that. Oops!

After the initial uproar, von Trier did say that he was just being a jokester and of course he doesn't like the idea of World War II or of killing Jews and everyone else. He was just, y'know, doing lame promotional work for his movie at stuffy old Cannes and he wanted to have some fun with the uptight Frenchies. And now those Frenchies are kind of just proving his point.

Lars von Trier can't win! Except that all of this attention probably feels like winning to him. [EW, photo via Getty]