The Danish filmmaker hired Charlotte Gainsbourg to play a woman who mutilates her own genitals while struggling to cope with the loss of her only child in the explicit 2009 film.
Dunst stars in Von Trier’s latest movie, Melancholia, but the Bring It On beauty insists she would have been miscast for his previous work because it’s difficult to match Gainsbourg’s performance.
She tells Britain’s Guardian, “That kind of film (Antichrist) is harder for someone like me to get away with. I’m more in the public eye than Charlotte. It’s something about Charlotte’s body, too. You couldn’t have someone like me, with big breasts, in that film.
“Charlotte’s thin and her breasts are small and that’s easier to watch somehow. For someone like me to do that film – it would almost be ridiculously shocking.”