names have been attached to the upcoming spy thriller, OUR KIND OF
TRAITOR, based on John Le Carrťís novel.
It was previously announced that Ewan McGregor would play the lead.
Ralph Fiennes was lined up for the part of the shady oligarch but he
dropped out and was replaced by Stellan. Now Naomie Harris and Damien
Lewis have signed on. The film is being directed by Susanna White with a
screenplay by Hossein Amini. White is already shooting non-acting scenes
in a Finnish forest near the Arctic Circle, which is standing in for
woodland near Moscow. Filming will take place in Morocco, London, Paris
and the French Alps. The story is about an Oxford academic and his
barrister wife who bump into a Russian money-laundering millionaire
while on holiday. Soon they're embroiled in his plans to defect and end
up caught between the Russian mafia and the British Secret Service.
the week that Stellan was in NY promoting von Trier's latest film, he
occasionally gave out some interesting tidbits, which I've posted below:
"I would say 10 percent of the
films I've made are really, really good and 10 percent are really,
really bad, and everything else is somewhere in between. I mean, I think
I'm lucky to have made the 10 percent that are really good."
"I can never really enjoy seeing myself on the screen. I always think,
ah, there's a little tension there that shouldn't be there. There's a
lot of sort of acting stuff I think about while I'm watching myself, so
I can't really enjoy it."
"I donít spend much time in my
trailer. I like to be on the set because I like film crews and I like
hanging out there. I donít feel like waiting much. And between takes you
can actually work. You can work socially with the crew, or you can work
on the scene. I canít read books or watch films when Iím on a film set.
Iím on. My engine is at full speed all day. I donít feel like any
time should be wasted."
[On Marvel films] "I've worked
with Kenneth Branagh, I've worked with Joss Whedon, and those are great
directors. And it's a big machine, and there's a lot of money involved,
but Marvel itself is a very small company. It's a handful of producers,
and they're very much involved, and if you have any problems with a
scene, you can just pick up the phone and talk to them directly. It's
not like working for a big studio, where you can't even reach the
assistant of the head of the studio. So I don't feel that I'm walking
into a machine that's chewing me up, but, of course, it's different
material, and there are limits to how much you can experiment with a
"If I ever lose a job because I've
talked about being an atheist, then I don't want that job."
"I have a passion for absolutely
useless knowledge. [Laughs] There's a German word, 'besserwiser,' [which
translates as] 'the man who knows all,' or 'knowing better.' My family
is very much like that. Any dinner with my family, with my kids or with
my brothers and sisters involves someone saying a word or something, and
somebody else saying, 'Where does that come from?' And then it's off to
the books, or to the Internet nowadays."
"I've talked about religion, but
I've talked about religion as an oppressor. That doesn't mean you
shouldn't be allowed to have religious beliefs though. My grandmother
was extremely religious, and she was married to an atheist, and it was a
beautiful marriage. So I'm for tolerance. As long as you don't interfere
with other people's lives because of Bronze Age theology, it's fine."
Now, a bit of gossip. After the NY
premiere of "Nymphomaniac" on the evening of March 13th, a swank party,
hosted by Interview magazine and Absolut Elyx, was held at Butter
Midtown where everyone was treated to champagne, tater tots and
complimentary bags of Jimmy Jane high-end sex toys. For more fun, a
photo booth was set up where guests were encouraged to pose for their
"O-face". Oh, I wish I had been there! Absent was the
film's director as well as star Shia
LaBeouf, who is currently involved in some sort of Joaquin Phoenix-esque
performance art anti-publicity campaign. A reporter was later
reprimanded by the filmís publicist for asking too many questions about
LaBeouf. For his part, Stellan declined to comment on his co-starís
As an aside, if von Trier cares to
better understand feminine sexuality, he should check out Director
Abdellatif Kechiche's "Blue is the Warmest Color", a beautiful
carnal film in which realism and passion reign. Winner of the 2013 Palme
d'OR, it comes highly recommended by yours truly.
couple days ago I noted some wonderful comments about Stellan from
Ard Vijn of Twitch Film:
"While easily recognizable,
few international stars can claim to be as average-looking as
Stellan SkarsgŚrd does, and this quality makes him versatile. His
acting prowess is formidable: he can radiate an icy cold or a
soothing warmth at will. And he is always totally believable,
whether he is a knowledgeable professor, a nice neighbour, a boorish
laborer, an emotionless assassin, or an arrogant prick."
Stellan's wife Megan has become co-producer of Viken
Productions in Sweden, she is now listed in the IMDB along with this
photo. Viken is a Stockholm-based arts and media production company
founded in 2009 by Megan and Amy Fee.
3D Tarzan movie starring oldest son Alexander is set to
swing. The casting has now been confirmed, with Margot Robbie as Jane,
Christoph Waltz as a Belgian soldier who tries to capture Tarzan in
exchange for a ransom in diamonds, and Samuel L. Jackson as the US
Ambassador to the Congo. David Yates, who made the last four Harry
Potter movies, will direct. Filming will began
later this year.
photos - click here! Stellan
landed in the Big Apple this week. On Wednesday he attended the
screening of "Only Lovers Left Alive", hosted by The Cinema Society and
W Magazine at Landmark's Sunshine Cinema. The next day he was on the red
carpet at the NY premiere of "Nymphomaniac"
held at the Musuem of Modern Art. Today he flew to the UK.
One of NYMPHOMANIAC is available
beginning today in the US on most home viewing platforms. The Magnolia
Pictures release, which opens in limited theatrical release on March 23,
can be seen on video on demand for about $9.99 on most cable systems
including Time Warner, Comcast, Cablevision and on Dish and Directv.
It's available for streaming online through Amazon, FlixFling, Xbox Zune
and Playstation 3.
After viewing the first volume
today, it's a mystery why anyone would be interested in seeing the
second part. Except for a humorous montage of some of the most
unattractive male genitalia ever seen on celluloid, this latest endeavor
of Von Trier cinema leaves many of us utterly bored! Of course, it
doesn't help that I have a specific disdain for actress Charlotte
Gainsbourg. Do check it out, however, for Stellan's stellar
I'm not alone in my opinion as others have echoed my sentiments
regarding the Saga of Joe and Seligman:
"I wish I had some idea what
von Trier was trying to get at with this yawning pile of nonsense.
Teenage girls will prostitute themselves for as little as a bag of
chocolate? Men are mindless fish? Four fucking hours of
'Nymphomaniac' - and four hours of fucking - and at the end of it, I
don't know why I am supposed to have bothered. Movie charcters don't
have to be likable, and Joe certainly is not, but they should at
least be fascinating."
...Film critic Mary Ann Johanson
"'Nymphomaniac' is a peculiar,
downbeat and decidedly male view of a woman's appetites, not an
honest assessment of her multifarious desires. Seligman interjects
with oddly intellectual commentary on subjects such as the wonders
of Bach's fugues. Von Trier would like us to think he's attempting a
serious examination of sexual voracity. But it seems like an
exercise in pretension. If he's intent on probing the psyche, heart
(or other organs) of a nymphomaniac, he fails to illuminate what
fully drives Joe, and doesn't seem to have a solid grasp of female
sexuality." ...Claudia Puig, USA Today
full line-up for this year's Tribeca Film Festival that kicks off
April 16 has been announced. After revealing the competition slate, now
the organizer has unveiled which films will be screened during the
Spotlight, Midnight, and Special Screening sections. Good news!
KRAFTIDIOTEN will be making its
Northern American premiere in the Spotlight section.
has turned to television once more with his decision to take on the lead
role in a British TV crime series called RIVER, which will be
aired on BBC 1 in 2015. He will play John River, a brilliant cop whose
genius and fault-line is the fragility of his mind Ė a man haunted by
the murder victims whose cases he must lay to rest. A man who must walk
a professional tightrope between a pathology so extreme he risks
permanent dismissal, and a healthy state of mind that would cure him of
Emmy-winning Abi Morgan has
initially written six episodes for the first season with the door open
for another two seasons of six episodes each if the series is
successful. Commenting on this new project, Stellan said, "It's
incredibly flattering, so I hope that she (Morgan) will not be
disappointed. I have no idea what other actors will be involved and it
will be different directors for each episode." Filming will allow him to
stay in London during the fall when the series will be recorded. Perhaps
he can hang out with son Alexander, who will be filming "Tarzan" in the
reasons unknown, CINDERELLA
will not be released in the US until March 13, 2015. Stellan told the Press Association he
had fun playing a baddie role. He said, "I'm the man who actually runs
the country, a very nasty guy. It's fun. I've done a lot of Disney
films, but this is more traditional Disney and it's also not a new take
on Cinderella. It's a story that has fascinated mankind for years and I
like that it's not modernized. You do it as pure fairytale, which it
is." The film, directed by Kenneth Branagh, boasts an all-star cast
which includes Cate Blanchett, Lily James, Helena Bonham Carter, Richard
Madden, Hayley Atwell and Derek Jacobi.
are some photos from February 22 when Stellan and "Nymphomaniac" co-star
Stacy Martin participated in a Q&A at London's Curzon Chelsea Cinema.
Stellan recently told the Irish Times, "My
career has no beautiful turning point. Itís not like in 'A Star Is
Born'. Itís more like the Brooklyn Bridge. You put it together brick by
brick. The loveliest review I had was for a film called 'A Somewhat
Gentle Man'. It said: 'Stellan SkarsgŚrd has a constantly forgettable
face.' Well, if they donít know who I am, that means I can get many
different roles." He also commented on his children saying, "I taught
them as young children to like themselves and to be on time. I never
interfered. I donít want all that shit. I am really happy they are so
good. Gustaf is living in Dublin while shooting 'The Vikings'. I go
there and visit him often. Do you know I met my wife in the Horseshoe
Bar at the Shelbourne? That was a very good start to my relationship