Jamie Bell: 'Nymphomaniac' Not Made Just for Shock Value

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Tuesday, 25 Feb 2014 12:59 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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Actor Jamie Bell said in an interview with IGN.com that the film "Nymphomaniac: Volume I" was not created for the sole purpose of shock value, but the film's name does imply its graphic nature.

"Nymphomaniac" made headlines earlier this month during the Berlin Film Festival when its star Shia LaBeouf wore a brown paper bag over his head during the movie's premiere with the words "I am not famous anymore" written on it, according to Us Weekly. 

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The film also stars Charlotte Gainsbourg, Christian Slater and Uma Thurman.

"It's not a Disney movie. I don't think it's a shock for shock's sake," Bell said. "The film is about a specific subject. You can't portray that subject truthfully without it being graphic. If it wasn't graphic, then I don't think it would be true to what the film's about. So if you're going in to see a film called Nymphomaniac, if you're shocked by it, then what did you expect?"

Reviewer Mark Kermode, of The Guardian and The Observer, said he left the screening asking himself, Where does art end and pornography begin?

"Pitched somewhere between the metaphysical porno of Gerard Damiano's 'The Devil in Miss Jones' and the softcore breast-beating of Just Jaeckin's 'The Story of O,', (Lars) Von Trier's still unspooling magnum opus is an exhausting orgy of heady ideas and groiny spectacle that veers wildly between the profound, the comic and the ridiculous – not always intentionally (a dopey shaggy-dog punchline almost proves its undoing)," he wrote.

Bell called the film "realistic."

"It's a sexual saga of one woman and her addiction to sex," Bell said in the IGN interview. "What do you expect it's going to be, do you know what I mean? So I don't think it is shock for shock's sake, I really don't. I think that the way he's done it is he wants it to be as realistic as possible, so the way he films things is sometimes intense, but it's called Nymphomaniac for a reason."

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