JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2006 NEWS:
There's a new featurette at the
AND GRENDEL official web site that's called "King Hrothgar" -
the narration has been heard before, but there are several new scenes.
Check it out! The film will premiere in Canadian theatres on March 10th
with a DVD release scheduled for August.
say a picture is worth a thousand words, and so perhaps it's true! Yes,
he's obviously had an injury, but not on a glamorous movie set. He
happened to slip on a spot of ice in Stockholm several days ago. Stellan
says, "I told the doctors not to put on a cast. I've got supports on the
upper arm where I broke it." In the meantime, it appears that a scarf is
filling in for a sling. Since he's on his way to the Bahamas for another
week of filming the third PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN film, he adds,
"You can't tell when I hold it still. I hope they haven't added any huge
The injury didn't stop Stellan from partying at the
opening of Sweden's Göteborg Film Festival on a snowy Friday evening.
Attending the screening of BEOWULF AND GRENDEL
was his first opportunity to see the fruits of his labor (and very cold
labor, I might add) when they filmed in Iceland during the fall of
2004. Having to leave the party early, he said, "I have to leave at 10
in the morning tomorrow, and that's too bad. I like it here, but I'll
have another beer before I leave." When it comes to film festivals,
Stellan admits he'd rather be in Göteborg or Colorado's Telluride than
Cannes, which he refers to as a media circus. He says, "This is a nice,
relaxed festival where people have fun." Stellan guesses it was 1996
when he first attended the Göteborg Film Festival. "I had a great
time back then with HARRY OCH SONJA.
A lot of good parties and a nice mood as always... Everybody hangs out
with each other, people from different countries and occupations. It's
worse at Cannes with industrial parties and where you only do interviews
for four days."
You can read his 1/26/06
interview published in Göteborgs-Posten. In another interview,
Stellan commented on working on GOYA'S
GHOSTS. He said, "It was completely beardless and a lot of fun.
He (director Milos Forman) is an amazing person and a strong director.
There is life in the old man, one might say. Natalie Portman is
brilliant, and Javier Bardem is completely amazing. And we had good food
in Spain." Commenting on why he hadn't been in a swedish film in a long
time, he said that none had come along to fit his schedule or attract
him enough. He thinks a film like Tillsammans (Together)
would not do well if he starred in it. "It breaks the illusion. And
Lukas Moodysson is so good at bringing out the natural life from his
actors. I don't think you should have any stars in a film like that."
When questioned about what projects he's most proud
of, he responds, "I don't think I feel proud at all. I only see it like
this: I want to do things and have more or less fun doing them, and try
to achieve things. But I still haven't done anything I'm completely
satisfied with. So it's a bit hard to be proud. The only thing
measurable is that I've done a lot of films. The rest is just opinions
As far as future projects, he still has more filming
for POTC 3 in the fall. This spring he's planning to do a small
independent film in Northern Ireland called W DELTA Z. Stellan
describes it as "some kind of black crime movie or thriller where I play
a cop." Once Stellan gets settled back home from the Bahamas and his arm
has had a chance to heal, I'll catch up with him with a Q&A about
his recent films.
The interviews plus all these great tidbits have been
graciously translated from Swedish newspapers by my friend, Robin Solsjö
Höglund, whose help is invaluable in making stellanonline.com such a
comprehensive source of all things Stellan.
Film Festival announced this week that BEOWULF
AND GRENDEL will open its festival with a screening at 5:30 p.m.
on January 27th. Both this screening and the one at 8 p.m. the following
night have been sold out. The film is in competion for the Nordic Film
Award. The festival has also announced that Stellan will be in
attendance on opening night. The above photo of Stellan as Hrothgar is
being used by the festival to publicize the film.
official web site for BEOWULF AND GRENDEL
is now featuring a new look on its home page. Could this be the eventual
poster? If you visit the
you can now view a NEW trailer. The photos below are a few screen caps
of Stellan taken from the trailer. The filmmakers still haven't found a
distributor for the US (darn), but in March there will be a theatrical
release in Canada and Portugal. Last weekend the film had its US
premiere at the Palm Springs Film Festival. An anonymous fan attended
posted these IMDB comments: "It was fabulous... beautiful story,
breathtaking cinematography and outstanding performances. It seemed to
be very well received. Sturla Gunnarsson, the director, was at the
screening and was very warm and generous. He stayed well after the film
ended to sign autographs and answer questions."
Canada's Exclaim! web site posted this mini-review:
"Anyone with even a passing interest in poetry should recognise that the
foundation of this movie is the epic poem Beowulf and not the comic
book. Focusing on the human aspect of the story instead of the heroic
deeds of Beowulf transforms the basic tale of vengeance and honour into
a symphony of other subtler flavours that do well to mask the
shortcomings of the story."
previously announced, BEOWULF AND GRENDEL
will have its US premiere at the Palm Springs International
Film Festival this weekend. It will be screened on Friday at 4 pm and
Sunday at 3 pm. Director Sturla Gunnarsson has announced he will attend
the festival. Sweden's Göteborg Film Festival (January
27-February 6) will host the film's European premiere, at which time
Stellan will see it for the first time.
USA has decided to use DEAD MAN'S CHEST to introduce a white
chocolate M&M. The white chocolate M&Ms will be called "Pirate Pearls"
and will have unique candy shell color blends. The promotion campaign
will feature the signature M&M characters in pirate garb. Look for
Pirate Pearls in stores by June 2006. The trailer for the film was shown
on many screens when The Chronicles of Narnia premiered last
month. The photo is of Johnny Depp as Capt. Jack Sparrow running from
the natives - great scene!
love the first photo showing Stellan with wife My on their wedding day
back in 1975. The other photos were all taken at the RONIN premiere in
Los Angeles on September 23, 1998.
appears that the award-winning short,
TORTE BLUMA, has been incorporated into the film 3
& 3, released by the Argentina/USA company, American Video
Film. The film is described as six short stories, directed by Savina
Dellicour, Phil Dornfeld, Ravi Kumar and Benjamin Ross.