Lars von Trier says he is worried that he will not be able to make any more films now that he has quit drinking alcohol and no longer uses drugs.
It was his first interview since Cannes film festival organisers banned him from their event in 2011 after he joked he was a Nazi at a press conference to promote his film Melancholia.
In a seven-page interview, the 58-year-old winner of the Palme d’Or (for Dancer in the Dark), told Politiken that he used to drink a bottle of vodka every day but to be creative he combined the alcohol with different kind of drugs.
“I can’t recommend anyone to do the same. It is very dangerous and stupid in every way,” he 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?”
The directors last movie was the two-part sex epic Nymphomaniac. He says that took him 18 months to write sober, whilst narcotics helped him complete the screenplay for Dogville in just 12 days.