Lars von Trier Worries He Can’t Make Movies Sober

By Brent McCluskey 12/01/14

The recently sober Danish filmmaker fears that without booze and drugs he'll start making 'shitty movies.'

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Director Lars von Trier has finally managed to get clean, but now fears he will produce “shitty films” without an assist from alcohol and drugs.

Von Trier, 58, confessed during a recent interview with Danish newspaper Politiken that most of his creative expression happened while he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Von Trier, who used to drink a bottle of vodka a day in order to access his creativity, is now clean and attends daily Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, but worries his newfound sobriety may negatively affect his career.

“I don't know if I can make any more films, and that worries me,” Von Trier said. “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?”

While under the influence of narcotics, Von Trier was able to crank out the screenplay for Dogville in just 12 days. But it took him 18 months to write his explicit two-volume sex addiction epic, Nymphomaniac.

Von Trier recognizes his past drug and alcohol abuse was dangerous and doesn’t “recommend anyone to do the same. It is very dangerous and stupid in every way,” he said.

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Brent McCluskey is a Social Media Editor at International Business Times as well as a Jedi with Sith tendencies.  He is also a reader of books, slayer of dragons, and level 80 mage.

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