What's in the water in Denmark? 'Drive' director Nicolas Winding Refn wants to make a movie with "lots of sex in it," starring Carey Mulligan, and always controversial Lars von Trier plans to make a porno starring frequent collaborator Stellan Skarsgard. (And not, sadly, his much hotter son, 'True Blood' star Alexander Skarsgard).
Speaking at the Deauville film fest, Refn announced that after shooting 'Only God Forgives' with 'Drive' star Ryan Gosling, he wants to make the "debauched" thriller 'I Walk With the Dead,' starring Mulligan. "I wanted to make a movie with lots of sex in it," he explained. So far, Refn's trademark in films like 'Bronson' and 'Valhalla Rising' has been extreme violence, so "lots of sex" would be a departure.
As for Von Trier's planned porn feature Skarsgard told E! News he would star in the film, called 'Nymphomanic.' "Lars called me and said 'Stellan, my next film will be a porno and I want you to play the lead in it," the Swedish actor said.
Von Trier described 'Nymphomaniac' as "an explicit exploration of female sexuality from ages 0 to 50. I'm talking to all the ladies I knew when I was young, who are now 50 and 60, and if you take a woman of 50 or 60 who has been sexually active, they will talk for hours. And this is fantastic, it's a pleasure and I smile all the way, and that's why I want to extend the research time. You have no idea how dirty the female mind is!"
As dirty as yours, Mr. Von Trier? The director has actually run a porn studio alongside his legit film studio, Zentropa (as we noted in our post-Cannes 'Who Is Lars Von Trier?' profile).
And if he hadn't made those Hitler remarks at Cannes, we would probably still be talking about his making leading lady Kristen Stewart squirm with an ill-advised joke that he was shooting a hardcore porn film with the actress featuring "very, very unpleasant sex."
Would you see either of these films?
Carey Mulligan and Nicolas Winding Refn image, courtesy of Getty Images for MRC; Stellan Skarsgard image courtesy AFP/Getty Images