Stellan recently gave an interview with Norway's Dagen Naeringsliv,  in which he discusses his parents, his financial affairs, his films, such as "Taking Sides" and "Passion of Mind", and his views on Hollywood.

Stellan rarely gives out new personal stories so I relished his account of filming "Passion of Mind" with Demi Moore during the fall of 1998. He says, "Demi was in the middle of a divorce from Bruce Willis at the time and was a little neurotic, surrounded herself with eight bodyguards. The writer was fine and as well as the talented Belgian director they had picked for the film, but what was to be a black and dangerous film, got mawkish music and was called a psychological romantic thriller, and everything became a disaster. When I, along with my then wife, attended the Paramount Pictures premiere in LA, I wanted to hide my face in my hands. When we left the theater and came out into the bright sunshine, I saw a silhouette in front of me. It was the kind director. I said, "it sucks". He said, "I know".


Sweden's Evoque Media Company has announced that next month it will debut Z Lifestyle Magazine, created for the Carson Rezidor Hotel Group. Aimed at business customers, the magazine will be made available in 58 hotels in the Nordic countries. The issues will include articles about travel and will also feature profile interviews with 24 Scandinavian celebrities, beginning with Stellan. Check out the behind-the-scenes video.


The Vancouver producing team of Trish Dolman and Christine Haebler are set to start filming HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS. The new movie is an international co-production starring Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Christopher Plummer and Stellan. Britain’s Peter Chelson  is directing the adaptation of the novel by François Lelord. They will start filming at the end of this month.

Here's a new link where you will find several good video interviews with Stellan.

Son Bill has had a short but very productive career. In recent years he has had two or three films a year, in addition to a TV series. What they have in common is his strong charisma and presence in the roles, despite the fact that the characters he plays are very different - from a young man with Asperger's syndrome to bad boy - and now a disgusting rich man's son in the Norwegian film, "Victoria".  Directed by Torun Lian, who describes the film as a kind of "Pride and Prejudice" in Norwegian - a love story. Since the novel came out in 1898, it has featured in the classic and best-seller lists worldwide.  Bill had not read this masterpiece before he got his leading role in the film, but he was immediately sold when he realized how topical the story was. The film opened in Norway on March 1st. The first photo below shows him at the premiere last week. Of all the Skarsgård boys, I would say Bill has that real classic look with deeply handsome features.