SINCE JUNE 2004 -
Europe Film Sales has taken world rights to GORDON & PADDY, a
feature animation with a voice cast including Stellan. The Swedish
family film tells the story of a forest’s police chief, Gordon, who is
about to retire and needs to find a new assistant. He enlists Paddy, a
clever mouse with a great sense of smell and together they have to solve
his last case. Animated by Dockhus Animation, the story is based on a
series of books by Ulf Nilssons and Gitte Spees. The film has its
Swedish release on December 22.
Next year Stellan
is set to star in a five-part HBO series called CHERNOBYL,
directed by Johan Renck. The series is about Soviet nuclear physicist
Valerij Legasov, played by Jared Harris, who was appointed by the
Kremlin to investigate the catastrophic nuclear power station disaster
of 1986. It will reveal how and why it happened, and tell the remarkable
stories of those who risked their lives to save others. Filming will
take place in Lithuania from March through August 2018. The following
two photos were used in the Swedish papers announcing the series.
attended the European Film Awards in Berlin on December 9th. He was
on hand as one of the evening's presenters. Ruben Östlund’s
film "The Square" won six awards at the EFA. Stellan
even commented on the repetitiveness of the ceremony as he announced
the Best Film award seen below.
More photos. The first one shows him
with Wim Wenders.
magazine published some great black & white photos of Gustaf.
The article begins with: "Right
now, American television audiences may only know Gustaf Skarsgård as
“Floki”—the quirky, often lovable, moody, manic, intensely religious,
remarkably inventive, and sometime homicidal boatbuilder—whom Gustaf
plays on the History Channel’s hit series "Vikings"... But in
Sweden—where Gustaf grew up in Stockholm’s tightly-knit bohemian
creative community of artists and actors, the Skarsgård family’s
formidable acting chops have long been a matter of local pride...
There’s every chance the actor’s remarkably versatile talents will
become much more widely recognized. Even if nobody’s willing to say much
about the upcoming second season of HBO’s "Westworld" currently in
production -including Gustaf - the Hollywood trades have been buzzing
for weeks about his joining the critically acclaimed series as a
a new interview with Stellan regarding his role in BORG/MCENROE.
You can read it at this link.
He explains why he remains in Sweden. He claims, "I’m so happy
being in Sweden. Sweden is a brilliant country, the most emancipated
country in the world. Even when I’m in England I feel like I’m in a sexy
old-fashioned place, the attitude towards
children is much different than Sweden. The European thing with the
welfare state and taxes, I love it. It has been undermined now severely
because of a couple decades of new liberalism and we are paying for it
more and more. Sweden is still probably the best place in the world to
live, especially if you’re like me and have eight children: good
healthcare, good childcare, free schools and universities."
let it be said that Stellan's eldest son doesn't throw everything he's
got into his job. Alexander pumped iron in order to play Tarzan
and unnerved women as the abusive husband in "Big Little Lies", but now
he's taken his biggest plunge yet. He is now bald for a new film role,
and unveiled the look during an event in New York City on Thursday
night. Is he still hot? Sure he is. Is he as hot as he used to be?
Not quite. The actor has a number of projects in the works, such as "The
Hummingbird Project", "The Kill Team", and "Mute".
Here's a darling photo of
Alexander some 33 years ago. It shows him
being directed by Allan Edwall during the filming of "Ake and his World".
actors for MAMMA MIA: HERE WE GO AGAIN arrived a few days ago in
Croatia where they have been filming. It looks like Pierce, Colin and
Stellan had a great reunion.
the release of BORG/MCENROE in the UK, Stellan has been doing a
number of interviews. You can read the first one with Culture Whisper
at this link. Obviously,
Stellan didn't have to endure the rigorous tennis training that Gudnason
and LaBeouf went through but he did have to endure wearing a bald cap in
order to simulate Bergelin's comb-over. "It was horrible!" he laughs,
"It was in hot sunshine. We shot two weeks of tennis in Prague. The bald
cap got more and more filled with sweat. They had to drain it now and
again, and it was really disgusting! It was like sapping trees!"
Like the tennis players, Stellan
also became famous as a teenager, as the title role in the Swedish
TV-series "Bombi Bitt och jag" before Hollywood and English-language
projects beckoned, so the spotlight that the tennis stars lived under
was familiar territory for him.
He shared, "The problem with fame
is if you try to live up to the expectations of society and the media
and everything, then you will ruin your life, so throughout my career
it's been very important for me to make sure that nobody thinks I'm
better than I am. I sort of deflate anything that resembles that because
eventually it will kill you."
4-minute video interview with Stellan by The Upcoming at the
And some new publicity stills from
On his role as Bill in the sequel
to "Mamma-Mia", he said, "They’ve started shooting and I got through the
humiliation of singing one of the songs in front of [ABBA star] Benny Andersson when we recorded it. I saw the pain in his eyes and his ears
and in his face when I was slaughtering an ABBA song." Stellan admits he
was no fan back in the 70s. "When ABBA had the 'Waterloo' song out, you
heard it on the radio ten times a day every day for months. I hated it!
It wasn't my kind of music and I was too artsy-fartsy and snobbish to
succumb to ABBA."
reported last Sunday, eldest son Alexander won an Emmy for "Big Little
Lies" and he was happy to share the evening with his mom. More photos of
the twosome. As a mother of five sons as well, I can certainly relate to
her "pride and joy".
Alexander's first Emmy nomination for his role in HBO's adaptation
of the Liane Moriarty novel BIG LITTLE LIES and he won last
night! I, for one, was certainly thrilled that
he nabbed it because his performance as the abusive husband to Celeste,
played by Nicole Kidman (who also won), was worthy of this recognition.
In his speech, he thanked his mother for coming to the ceremony and
added, "And thanks for giving birth to me. That was pretty cool as
well." It was great seeing My Skarsgård
in the audience looking very proud of her eldest son. Congratulations to
Alex! You were so awesome in that role! Stellan must be very proud as
September 14th, Stellan was in London attending the premiere of
BORG/MCENROE with director Janus Metz and
co-star Sverrir Gudnason. You can watch a video of their arrival at this
31 European countries represented, the list of 51 feature films selected
for European Film Awards 2017 has been announced. In the coming
weeks, the more than 3,000 members of the European Film Academy will
vote for the nominations in several categories. The nominations will be
announced on November 5
at the Seville European Film Festival. The presentation of the
winners will take place on December 9 in Berlin. Among the 51 films is
a Stellan Skarsgård
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The film just opened in Sweden.
Jan-Olov Andersson of Aftonbladet writes, "What makes this movie hit so
hard is Skarsgård's ability to cast so much life into a cultural man
that he becomes engaged in his destiny, even though he is largely an
egoistic dirtbag who wants to have his cake and eat it too when it
applies to women. He loves his wife, but curiosity cannot make him
forget about the past romance... Skarsgård is as multifaceted as in the
Netflix series River"
I posted a
gallery of photos taken during
the Toronto Int'l Film Festival. You can also see video interviews with
Stellan at these two links:
BORG/MCENROE opened the Toronto
International Film Festival with a press conference this afternoon
and a premiere screening in the evening. Chcck out the photos
at this link.
The photo below shows Stellan with
Björn Borg's son Leo, who played the younger Borg in the film. In an
interview with Sveriges Radio, Stellan admitted, "I could not claim to
play 'Labbe" as he really was." He said he was so embarrassed when he
had finished the role of coach Lennart Bergelin, that he called his
widow Rose Marie and in principle said "sorry". She responded, "Oh,
that's no documentary" which freed him from that responsibility. Stellan
continues, "Lennart, Björn and his wife Mariana lived a spartan,
intimate, but also busy life together, while Björn was a great world
star. It fascinated me a lot."
Brothers Gustaf and Alex
joined Bill on the red carpet on Tuesday for his premiere of
Stephen Kings' IT, in which Bill plays a terrifying clown called
Pennywise. The premiere took place at Hollywood's TCL Chinese Theatre.
Producer Barbara Muschietti said. "We auditioned literally hundreds of
potential Pennywises and it was an amazing process. We got to audition
people that don't audition anymore and a huge gamut of talent: women,
younger age, older age. We really went through the spectrum of actors.
Bill came in and blew our socks off, because he was doing his very own
interpretation of Pennywise, very erudite...very, very familiar with the
novel and with Pennywise in the novel, which for us was a huge help,
because we went in the casting process with the book in mind. We read
the novel when we were teens, we saw the miniseries much later in the
game, so Tim Curry's performance is extraordinary but that is not
necessarily what we link to Pennywise immediately. For us, the Pennywise
is the Pennywise in the book, which is quite different. Bill gave an
amazing performance in all his screen tests. Because [the character is]
a shape shifter, we wanted to make sure that he could play in different
grades, right? And he did. He's amazing. And what's even more amazing is
that he kept the character very unpredictable, and that's what scares us
the most,when you don't know what way he's going to go."
Here are a few photos showing how
unfazed Bill was with his brothers hamming it up for the camera.
From Gentleman's Quarterly:
Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård
has a number of sons, at least three of whom are actors: Gustaf (36),
Bill (27), and Alexander (41). But this isn't an old-timey Swedish
folktale. It's a story about a stylish family. All three sons descended
on the red carpet last night to celebrate the youngest Skarsgård’s
new movie, It, in which he plays a most terrifying Pennywise. All three
men stand 6’4” tall and have sparkling Siberian Husky eyes, and all
three can wear a suit damn well, too. If you haven’t exactly snapped out
of cargo-shorts mode just yet, the photo of these three standing
together looking like they’re about to storm down a runway and/or
annihilate a pitch meeting should help.
But this isn't just thanks to some recessed Skarsgård
suit-wearing gene. There’s a more practical lesson here: the three
brothers represent three different, all equally respectable ways to suit
up right now.
Gustaf is the minimalist in the group, accessorizing his slim dark suit
with nothing but some chest hair and a signet ring. If you want to look
like the guy who signs the checks, follow his lead. Bill’s layered-up
Prada look, meanwhile, is the ultimate young-guy fashion play—what to
wear when you’ve got (or want) the top job in a creative field. Given
that Alex is the oldest—and the most famous—it seems fitting that he
played the part of the superstar. His double-breasted Ermenegildo Zegna
Couture suit even manages to steal some attention away from Bill’s
out-there ‘fit, which says a lot. Want to look like you're on a
first-name basis with the oldest, coolest tailors in all of Italy? Peak
lapels are your answer.
But the Skarsgårds aren't just
one-suit ponies. They're ready and willing to out-dress you in other
style arenas, too. Bill’s ‘fit on Jimmy Kimmel yesterday—a soft leather
bomber, not-too-skinny black jeans, and suede boots—is the kind of
off-duty style that outclasses vacation shirts and graphic tees. If you
want to give onlookers chills when you walk by, wear this exact outfit,
down to the not quite blacked out shades. That, and find a day job that
involves you playing a child-eating clown.
confirmed that he will be joining the original cast for the sequel,
MAMMA MIA: HERE WE GO AGAIN. The new film will be written and
directed by Ol Parker and will include a soundtrack of Abba songs not
featured in the original movie. The location will be on the Greek island
of Kalokairi. The sequel is scheduled for a July 20, 2018 release.
Stellan doesn't sound too enthusiastic commenting that he will have to
undergo degrading song and dance exercises again when people will laugh
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