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Gainsbourg's Nymphomaniac challenge

Published 02/03/2014

Charlotte Gainsbourg stars in Lars von Trier's new film Nymphomaniac
Charlotte Gainsbourg stars in Lars von Trier's new film Nymphomaniac

Charlotte Gainsbourg has admitted that filming Nymphomaniac wasn't easy.

The British-born actress reunited with filmmaker Lars von Trier for the third time for the raunchy drama, in which she plays a nymphomaniac recounting her erotic antics to a stranger, played by Stellan Skarsgard.

"It wasn't easier. I knew him better, but it didn't mean it was easier," she told Empire.

Charlotte - who previously worked with the director on Antichrist and Melancholia - went on: "The shooting was really long. It was very, very intense.

"With Antichrist a lot of the intensity came from the suffering. In this one, the difficulties ranged from the physical scenes to the talking parts with Seligman (Skarsgard). That was a big, big challenge - so many words! We couldn't memorise it all."

But Charlotte revealed she was fine with the sex scenes.

"As long as I knew that porn actors were going to perform the sex, I knew I'd be safe," she said.

"I could even keep my knickers on. Everything was happening in post-production."

The 42-year-old admitted she couldn't believe it when Lars approached her about the role.

"I thought he was making a joke when, at the press conference in Cannes, he said his next film was a porno with Kirsten Dunst and me," she said, although Kirsten doesn't appear in the film.

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