JANUARY/FEBRUARY NEWS 2009:
According to TV 2 Underholdning, Stellan's next project will be a
Norwegian independent film with director Hans Petter Moland. He will be
headed to Norway next month where filming will continue through mid-May. The name
may be familiar because Stellan has done two previous films, outstanding
ones I might add, with Moland. Both ABERDEEN and
ZERO KELVIN are among my favorites.
When asked about his previous collaboration with Stellan, Moland
replied, "We met when I asked him to be in 'Zero Kelvin'. He came in and
told me that he had five criteria for working on a film. He said he'd do
it if three of them were met. He had to have a good editor, a good
script, director, producer, DP and cast. I told him that he had four out
of five out the gate so it didn't matter if I was terrible. So we became
great friends during the shoot. The conditions were challenging to say
the least, and afterwards we vowed to each other that we really had to
work together again and five years later we did."
So now Stellan has agreed once
more saying he has longed to work with Moland and that he's really
looking forward to it. He explains that he takes the roles he wants and
up until now hasn't had many interesting offers from Norway. The film is
called REGNSKAP (aka Accounts).
recently aired an interview with the cast of
ANGELS & DEMONS. You can find it at
this link. He admits he tries to be nice on the set - "I
want everybody to love me." There's also a new trailer, much better than
anything released before. Check it out at
this link. Yes, the soundtrack sounds energetic and the
photography looks good though there's not enough lighting for my
cinematic tastes. You may remember that Tom Hanks was faulted for his
performance in the prequel in that he seemed miscast, looked
uncomfortable, failed to capture the enthusiasm of the character and was
particularly stiff in action scenes. I had to agree, so I'm a bit
anxious about the success of this film, mainly because of Hanks not
being suited for the role.
only a little more than three months away from the premiere of
ANGELS & DEMONS.
As usual, there's a plethora of hype, and I guess that's to be expected
with a possible blockbuster hit. According to director Ron Howard,
"Angels" is actually a sequel to "The Da Vinci Code", instead of a
prequel. He recently told the press that his film is literally a
"ticking bomb story, and it's very much about modernity clashing with
antiquity and technology vs. faith. In comparing this film to the "Da
Vinci Code", he described how the tone of the story is very different
this time. He adds, "We also took a lot more license to take liberties
with this plot because this is a great story, but it doesn't carry with
it the weight the previous Dan Brown book did for its readers."
Stellan was back in LA last month
finishing up the film, specifically with dialect advisor Roman Wyden.
Stellan plays the head of the Swiss Guard and needs a Swiss German
accent. Wyden recalls, "I arrived on time and entered
sound stage one where Stellan, editor Mike
Hill and the ADR (dubbing) director were ready.
I was introduced as the Swiss dialect coach to Stellan and we
shook hands. What a nice man! He was so genuine and down-to-earth and we
struck up a conversation that seemed like five minutes long. We talked
abut how Sweden often gets confused with Switzerland and how he just
flew in the night before to do the ADR. They had worked his schedule
around mine to make sure I was there to authenticate his accent.
'Can you do my voice',
he says followed by a firm laugh. 'Let me hear
it,' I said. He spoke a line and I repeated it
as good as I could. He stops, smiles and says, 'You're
good. We started the session with a few simple
Swiss lines, then progressed to more complicated Swiss expressions and
dialogue specific to certain Swiss regions...
Needless to say, I had a blast, learned a ton and left inspired."
added two more pages to the IMAGE section:
Stellan & Megan Everett and the
Film Society Tribute to Meryl Streep.
newspapers today are reporting the marriage of Stellan and Megan
Everett. The civil ceremony took place on Monday, January 12th, in
Nacka, Sweden. Soon after, Stellan flew directly to LA where the final
work on his film Angels & Demons was waiting. He was
previously married in 1976 to My Gunther and together they had six
children. In recent years Stellan and My have remained separated.
Stellan's new love is from Ireland and is rumored to work in the film
industry. There's a good chance they met during the filming of Waz
in Ireland back in the spring of 2006. The couple was first noticed
during the filming of Mamma Mia! in Greece during the fall of
2007. They were later seen at the Swedish premiere of Arn in
December, followed by two April 2008 appearances in NYC - the screening of
The Life Before Her Eyes at the IFC Center and Lincoln Center's Gala
Tribute to Meryl Streep. They were then photographed at the UK premiere
of Mamma Mia! in June and lastly at the True Blood
premiere in Hollywood in September.