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Lars von Trier Played Expensive Joke on Björk

According to a new book on the Danish film director Lars von Trier, he spent eight hundred thousand DKK (100 thousand EUR, 130 thousand USD) on irritating the world famous Icelandic singer and actor Björk during the filming of his 2000 movie, Dancer in the Dark.


According to the book von Trier and producer Peter Aalbæk were so tired of the quirks of the Icelandic singer after she had been away from the set for three days because she didn’t “feel right for filming today.”

When Björk was finally ready and on location, an assistant to the director called her and told her that now von Trier did not feel right for filming that day. “It cost us 800,000 DKK, but it was worth it,” says von Trier in the book, according to Danish Extrabladet. The book is called Lars von Trier – liv, film og fobier, by Nils Thorsen. It is in Danish and the title can be translated as: Lars von Trier – life, film and phobias.

Björk. Photo: Páll Stefánsson

According to the book the relation was so bad in the end that Björk refused to talk to von Trier and spit on the earth before him when they finally met.

Björk went on to win the best actress award at the 2000 Cannes film festival and the film, Dancer in the Dark, got the Golden Palm.

The two have not spoken to each other since 2000.

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