US actor joins the cast of Lars Von Trier's chronicle of a nymphomaniac.
Jorn Rossing Jensen

20 Sep 2012 - 8:01 AM  UPDATED 20 Sep 2012 - 8:01 AM

"Lars is a complete gentleman - he is patient and understanding, and that makes an actor want to deliver everything he has to the material," said US actor Christian Slater, who has joined the cast for Danish director Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac, which is currently shooting in Cologne, Germany.

Denmark's Zentropa Entertainments will host a press conference about the production in Cologne tomorrow (September 20), but the director himself is expected only to stay for 15 minutes or so to pose for photographers.

Von Trier intends to stick to his October 5 2011 proclamation that "from now on I will refrain from any public statement, and concentrate on my films," following accusations that he had violated French legislation by his statements after the screening of his Melancholia at the Cannes International Film Festival.

Instead he will leave his Danish producer Louise Vesth (who also produced Melancholia) and members of the cast, including French actress Charlotte Gainsbourg and Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård, to answer questions from journalists.

Credited with such titles as Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), True Romance (1993), Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994), Slater is the latest newcomer to von Trier's chronicles of a woman's erotic journey from birth to the age of 50.

"It's lovely for an actor a few times in your career to work on a truly special project with a director, who really understands his stuff, and who is able to convey so concisely what he wants," explained Slater, who will play the father of Joe the nymphomaniac (Gainsbourg).

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