NEWS: FEBRUARY 2020

02.24.20:

Norwegian director Maria Sødahl’s HOPE has won this year’s Europa Cinemas Label as Best European film in the Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama section. The film will now benefit from promotional support from Europa Cinemas and better exhibition thanks to a financial incentive for network cinemas to include it in their programme schedule.

02.24.20:

You can watch the HOPE press conference at Berlinale that took place today at this link.

 

02.20.20:

The coronavirus has interrupted some filming plans for the Skarsgård family. "What Remains" was to begin filming next week in Finland. The starring role was given to son Gustaf with a script co-written by Stellan's wife Megan. The film is a co-production with Chinese investors, but the coronavirus has caused financial problems for the Chinese film industry after ticket sales have plunged in the country. Director and co-writer Ran Huang has been planning this project for six years. Stellan says, "It is possible that the project will be re-opened when funding becomes available." Stellan was to also star in the film in a minor role.

02.06.20:

This portrait of Stellan was taken by Icelandic/Swedish photographer Baldur Bodhi Bragason. His photography has been described as having a heightened feeling of reality or "Reality Plus" tending towards illustration and he often will use studio techniques out on location blending available light and artificial sources together for his take on what we should perceive as his take on reality. This photo isn't dated but we know it was taken at least five years ago.

A little history on the photograph used on the home page of this web site. There are two black and white photos taken by Swedish photographer Andreas Öhlund - one of Stellan looking very serious and one of him laughing. I chose the one of him laughing because I believe it reflects his true personality.  Both photos first appeared in the 2011 issue of The Lab Magazine. Four years later the serious photo was featured in the October 2015 issue of Empire magazine. It has since been discovered as an autographed photograph by German illustrator Jole Stamenkovic.

Several artists, who have published their work online, have dabbled with caricatures of Stellan or drawn him from original portraits or from specific roles. The first one is actually a painting - great work!

 

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Perhaps Stellan fans aren't aware of his wife's professional life. Megan Everett was born on March 3, 1976, in Ohio. During her high school days, she developed an interest in writing and eventually moved to Ireland where she joined The Script Factory. She then worked for the famous advertising company DDB Worldwide as a copy writer. While working at DDB in Dublin, Megan got an opportunity to work for world-renowned clients, such as Volkswagen and Carlsberg. She has also written two children's books and is currently associated with the Swedish entertainment industry as a screenwriter and producer.

More info on the lesser-known Skarsgård family - Though Stellan often speaks of his large family, he doesn't mention that he also has at least two grandchildren. His son Sam, who opted out of the acting busines, followed in his mother's footsteps becoming a doctor. The 37-year-old and his wife Sanna were married in September 2013 and have at least one son. Then there's Bill who fathered a child with Swedish actress Alida Morberg so Stellan has a 16-month old granddaughter named Miracle.

Stellan's only daughter Eija has also avoided the acting world. She did some modeling for a while and then switched to serving as a nightclub manager. She is presently working as a manager at Vassa Eggen Steakhouse. The 28-year-old has been engaged to boyfriend Zeke Tastas since 2017. Here are a couple sweet photos of Eija with her parents.

02.04.20:

Today I posted another 25 photos from the Golden Globe ceremony and after party at this link.

BBC Radio is currently featuring a January interview with Stellan. It will be available for the next 22 days. You can listen to it at this link.

The conversation begins with a discussion on director Terry Gilliam ("The Man Who Killed Don Quixote") and his steadfast obsession to make the film despite several obstacles over the past 25 years. What was Stellan's experience with him? He was "flolicking in his presence." Love it! And does Stellan have any obsessions. He admits to cooking. Yes, he's obsessed about food but not about his work. When asked about  any indelible characters he's played, he names "River" as one he feels close to. He says, "I'm very fond that man." Such a great series! A must-see for every fan!

He also loves his character in "The Simple-Minded Murderer". Remember he won the Silver Berlin Bear for his performance back in 1982. And has any role changed him? Probably portraying Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Jews during WW II. The film was called "God afton, Herr Wallenberg"

And what makes him happy? Family. Having eight children and two wives within walking distance of each other, and the laughter he gets from watching his two youngest boys, Ossian and Kolbjörn. Aren't they adorable?

02.02.20:

Last month The Observer published this short article on Stellan called "This Much I Know".

New additions to this web site include a page devoted to last month's Gothenburg Film Festival and the film page for HOPE, which will be screened later this month at the Berlin International Film Festival. It previously enjoyed a successful world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, a theatrical release in Norway in November and a US premiere at the Palm Springs International Film Festival last month.

Directed and written by Maria Sødahl, Hope is a romance about a woman and her relationship with her husband after she's diagnosed with a terminal illness. Maria called the film her "most autobiographical" work after she received her cancer diagnosis nine years ago when doctors gave her only three months to live. Obviously, they were wrong! It has not been widely publicized that Maria is actually the wife of Hans Petter Moland, the Norwegian director with whom Stellan has done five films.

Having been close friends to the Moland family for years, Stellan could easily relate to the  material because he personally experienced the event. The photo below shows Stellan kissing Maria at the Kosmorama International Film Festival in April of 2011.

Maria never intended for the two leads to actually be herself and her husband. To avoid this, she made the age gap bigger and changed their professional lives. As to the closeness of what actually happened, Maria says their actions are pretty similar - apart from the way the actors interpret the situations. She's satisfied that Stellan and co-star Andrea Hovig reinvented the script and accentuated new details, bringing their own energy and personality to the characters. Stellan says he would never pretend to be Hans because he talks too slowly.

Maria & Hans

And the question comes up, does Stellan speak Norwegian in this film? He responds, "I have only acted in English and Swedish, actually. All the Norwegian films I've been doing with Maria's husband and with Maria, now, I have been talking in Swedish. But I've done so many Norwegian films in Swedish, I think the Norwegian audience think I'm talking in Norwegian, but I just have sort of a speech impediment.

Stellan also comments on the home, specially built at Sweden's Trollhättan.

"When I came into that apartment, I became so happy. They have six children; I have eight children. They live a very similar life to me, and when I came into that apartment, it was one of the first sets that I’ve ever entered that felt like home. It has layers of time in it. You can see a relationship that has been going on for years, and every single thing has a history. It was fantastic. It was a wonderful apartment to work in."

Lastly, here's a photo shoot done in Oslo on November 20, 2019 with Stellan and his director and co-star.

 

   

 

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