What They Said: Nick Nolte Talks Relapsing on 'Warrior', Lars von Trier With More Nazi Comments

What They Said: Nick Nolte Talks Relapsing on 'Warrior', Lars von Trier With More Nazi Comments

Sep 07, 2011

Gavin O'Connor's Warrior – about Tom Hardy's abs and an estranged family of mixed martial arts fighters – stars Nick Nolte in a role that hit close to home for the oft-troubled actor. The Hollywood veteran recently spoke with Movieline about his part in the film as former boxer and alcoholic, Paddy Conlon. The grizzled one-time fighter trains his son for a match while family drama threatens to tear things asunder once and for all. O'Connor modeled the part of Paddy after Nolte's tumultuous life – something that the star eventually succumbed to when he took a sharp nosedive back into the bottle. "I told him, 'Maybe I shouldn’t drink while we film.' He said, 'Yeah, that would be a great idea.' Well, I put myself in a hole right there," Nolte revealed. He cites his partying assistant and a raucous evening out as the catalyst for his fall off the wagon. 
"There was booze and you know, other stuff. We rolled into rehearsal the next morning and I went straight to Gavin’s assistant and said, 'Man, you wouldn’t believe the night I had. There was more cocaine there, more alcohol, this guy with tattoos all over him and rings, this girl who wanted to leave with me but she had been with him for 10 years and he was threatening to kill me. We barely got out of there alive.'"
Even though the role of Paddy put Nolte back in sadly familiar territory, acting is the one thing that continues to save him from his checkered past. "I became an actor because real life is kind of hard for me. It’s really rough," Nolte shared. "I always searched for stories that I understood or was trying to understand about life that I could participate in now." Read the rest of this candid interview at Movieline.
Lars von Trier made waves with audiences at Cannes earlier this year for making "sympathetic" statements about Hitler – a sentiment that got him banned from the prestigious festival. The Danish filmmaker recently piped up again about his pals, the Nazis, during a Berlin retrospective Q&A at Kino Babylon. "There was a point to this whole thing, " Von Trier said about the Cannes incident. "I think history shows that we are all Nazis somewhere, and there are a lot of things that can be suddenly set free, and the mechanics behind this setting-free is something we really should really investigate, and the way we do not investigate it is to make it a taboo to talk about it." 
While the US waits for the November 7 VOD/November 11 theatrical release of Melancholia, Von Trier shared his plans for future works, which include his previously mentioned collaboration with Martin Scorsese on a new Five Obstructions film. "Marty is busy and so am I, and I don't know if it will happen – I sincerely hope it will," he told THR. The director is currently researching and writing a movie about female sexuality called Nymphomaniac. "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!" Read the full conversation at THR.

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