SINCE JUNE 2004 -
along with actress Alicia Vikander, joined Swedish and English royalty on
Tuesday evening at a black-tie dinner at the home of the British
Ambassador. This marked the first day of a four-day tour of Sweden and
Norway by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Joined by Swedish
politicians, businessmen and a television host, the guests dined on a
starter of Scottish smoked salmon with quail egg, horseradish cream on a
bed of salad, followed by guinea fowl with stir-fried vegetables and
mashed potatoes. For dessert, they enjoyed blackberry soufflé with
chocolate ganache, before a selection of British cheeses.
At the table, the Duchess was
placed between the ambassador, David Cairns, and Stellan while the Duke
was entertained by Alicia and the ambassador's wife, Sharon Cairns.
photos from Monday night:
also came across a couple photos taken on October 15, 2017 at the BFI
London Film Festival. Stellan and wife Megan attended the after
party for the UK premiere & Closing Night Gala for "Three Billboards
Outside Ebbing, Missouri". They're shown talking with the film's
director Martin McDonagh.
an interview this week, Stellan addressed the Hollywood sex scandals
saying he had never witnessed these assaults. He said, "To me, it
was a shock when I read all these stories. I have not seen any of
this happen. This must lead to change." Stellan has made a couple of
films with Harvey Weinstein. He told the press, "The rumors I heard
were mostly about how cruel he was against directors and how many
directors he had destroyed. I had no idea of this sexual stuff."
TAKES HOME A GULDBAGGE!
night Stellan attended the Guldbagge Awards after being nominated for
Best Supporting Actor for his role as Lennart "Labbe" Bergelin in BORG/MCENROE.
Stellan was apparently astonished claiming, "I did not think I would
win. I had such tough competition." He has previously won the Swedish
award for Best Actor for Täcknamn Coq Rouge (1989) and Den
enfaldige mördaren (1982). He told the press, "It's the first
Swedish film I've done in 20 years, so it's been fun to be back and work
with Swedish actors and to speak my own language." He also shared that
he is totally uninterested in the subject matter of the film - "I'm not
interested in sports, not even interested in sports movies, but this
movie goes beyond all that. It's about people in a very nice way."
Yup, he won the SAG Award for
"Big Little Lies"!! Congratulations, Alex!
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William and Kate will meet two of Sweden's biggest Hollywood stars
during their forthcoming visit to the country. The royal couple will
touch down in Stockholm on January 30th and spend two days there before
moving on to Norway on February 1st as part of a four-day official tour
of Scandinavia. On Tuesday evening the royals will attend a black tie
dinner alongside PM Stefan Löfven at the Residence of the British
Ambassador in the Swedish capital. Attending the event will be Stellan
and Alicia Vikander.
2018 Sundance Film Festival has announced its lineup of feature films
and LORDS OF CHAOS is an official selection for the Midnight
program. I'm reporting this because 22-year-old Valter Skarsgård
is among the cast, which also includes Rory Culkin, Emory Cohen, Jack
Kilmer and Sky Ferreira. The film, directed by Swedish director Jonas
Åkerlund, tells the story of Mayhem,
a Norwegian black metal band involved in a spate of highly publicized
church burnings whose infighting eventually leads to a murder. It is
based on the novel by Michael Moynihan and Didrik Søderlind. The
festival will run from January 18-28 in Park City, Utah.
summer Stellan was filming THE PAINTED BIRD, directed by Vaclav
Marhoul. Here is the first poster as well as several portraits of
Stellan on location. The latest news is that the film will not be
released until 2019. Although the novel by Jerzy Kosiński. has been
perceived as highly controversial since its publication in 1965, it has
won global recognition and several prestigious literary awards. It is a
deeply dramatic story examining the immediate relationship between
terror and cruelty on one side and innocence and love on the other. It
also stars Julian Sands and Harvey Keitel as a Catholic priest! Holy
In an interview in September with
the Czech Republic media, Stellan spoke about this film project - "It's
a great book that excited me years ago when I read it for the first
time. I met Vaclav Marhoul, the director of the adaptation, years ago.
His sister was married to one of my friends. I didn't hear from him for
a long time and he turned to me with this bizarre project a few years
ago. My role cannot really be called a role. I only have two filming
days, but I wanted to do this film. In addition, I love filming in
Prague. I spent a lot of time here during the shooting of Borg/McEnroe.
I very much appreciate the Czech film traditions and professionalism in
which local people approach their craft."
He also explained how moviemaking
has changed over the years. - "When I started working for the studio in
the 1980s, the American market meant everything. Big money was made by
the film industry exclusively behind the ocean. The United States is so
xenophobic that there could only be a villain from a foreigner with an
accent. Nowadays, it is mainly about the global market, so actors from
all over the world are getting the chance."
Stellan continues, "From a
professional and artistic point of view, low cost films are usually more
interesting. You do not have expensive backdrops, special effects or
costumes, so you have to tighten the whole movie with your personality.
And that's just a challenge. In addition, the director's word is far
more weightful, which is not ideal for me, but usually good for the
final result... I hate listening to orders and instructions. I respect
the directors, but I will give my own take. So it sometimes gets a
little heated. On the other hand, I admit that the film is and must be
theirs. There are actors who are trying to take over the whole movie,
which is wrong. Every good film is primarily a reflection of his
director's personal vision - that's a rule... You do not have anything
like that on big productions. There, everything follows a clearly
defined equation of success. And you feel like a little kid playing in a
silly, colorful environment. It does not have much to do with acting."
"Medium-sized productions, around
which the best directors, screenwriters and actors have turned, no
longer exist... On the one hand, you have movies with budgets that are
well over a quarter of a billion dollars. They sell all the popcorn. On
the other hand, there are two million films for fans of art
cinematography. But in the middle of the past years it has been empty.
Medium-sized productions, usually directed by the best directors,
screenwriters and actors, no longer exist. They disappeared.
Fortunately, everyone has returned to television and enjoys the newly
found freedoms. Suddenly, they have a story that they had to tell in the
ninety minutes, ten, twenty, thirty hours. I experienced it myself
during the recording of River and I tell you it was a great
And he admits, "Every day I
struggle with fear. Once I sign the contract, I get nervous. I'm
terribly nervous. And do you know what's worse? It does not improve by
age or experience."
nice photo of Stellan's 22-year-old son Valter with his mom.
regard to the premiere of his animated film, GORDON & PADDY,
Stellan gave an interview declaring how he loves Swedish children's
culture. "To speak of national pride, I am very proud of Sweden and the
Nordic countries in the field of children's literature, which I love...
In many other countries, children are often treated as very valuable
belongings to be protected at all costs, adorned, but do not have their
Kinnaman, who does the voice of Paddy, says, "It's so wonderful that you
do not overcome the kids with effects and fast clips. Through this, the
children will be allowed to reflect and use their own imagination,"
Stellan agrees: "I like the low-key and thoughtful pace. Our children
are rushed today with animated productions that shout at them all the
time... They come out after watching a movie with a sort of 'sugar
rush'... To me, movies are just like literature and music. It is
important to keep the brain open to other angles and ways to look at
reality. The culture triggers empathy and helps us understand. It does
not make us automatically good people, but it is unmistakable: if we
stop being cultural goods, we stop being civilized. It is therefore
important that the children have access to it."
month has been a good one for eldest son Alexander as he picked
up both a Golden Globe and a Critics' Choice Award for his work on the
HBO series "Big Little Lies.". He has been nominated for a SAG for
"Lies" as well so this Sunday we'll see if he's honored once more.
Remember he won an Emmy back in September. If you watched the Globes,
you'll know that Alex gave a shout-out to his 8-year-old half-brother
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."
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