Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 112 artists and
executives to become new voting members of Hollywood's top club and
among them is Stellan!
If he accepts their invitation, perhaps he can some day vote for his own
Oscar nomination! New members will be welcomed into the organization at
an invitation-only reception on Wednesday, September 21, at the
Academy's Fairbanks Center for Motion Picture Study in Beverly Hills.
Due to Stellan's work schedule this fall, I rather doubt he would
Yesterday Stellan wrote me
confirming his lead role in GOYA'S GHOSTS. He said he had just
gotten back from London where he was scheduled for casts and fittings.
"Yes, I got the Goya role about three days ago and am very happy. Great
script and great people to work with." The following tidbits were
translated (by courtesy of Robin Solsjö Höglund)
from Swedish publications. Stellan is quoted as saying, "I am very happy
about this project... He (director Milos Forman) is incredibly talented
and down to earth, so I look forward to it... It's an incredible
script with strong scenes and good actors... Shooting begins in
September... This is a project I am very happy about, something I really
want to do." Because he will still be filming Pirates of the
Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest in the fall, he says, "I'll have to
go to the Bahamas now and then." What does Stellan know about Goya? "I'm
not an expert, but I was once standing in front of one of his paintings
for hours. Especially his black paintings." We know from interviews with
Stellan that he is drawn to darkness - "I constantly want to go down and
look in those dark wells." And typically he also adds, "It's fun doing
the dark stuff."
The following is just a brief
overview (source: Wikipedia) of Goya's life
for your interest. I personally am not familiar with the artist so this
film project will be very educational.
Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes
(March 30, 1746 – April 16, 1828) was a Spanish painter and
engraver. He was born in Fuendetodos and later lived primarily in
Madrid. Brought up in Zaragoza, at 14 he was apprenticed to José
Luzanan, an artist friend of his father. He married Josefa Bayeu,
the sister of Francisco Bayeu, in 1773.
His later influence is significant since his art was both deeply
subversive and subjective, at a time when these attitudes were not
predominant. His emphasis on the foreground and faded background
portends the work of Manet.
Goya was a portraitist of royalty and chronicler of history who
produced a series of 80 prints that he titled Los Caprichos
depicting what he called the innumerable foibles and follies to be
found in any civilized society, and from the common prejudices and
deceitful practices which custom, ignorance, or self-interest have
He painted the Spanish royal family, including Charles IV of Spain
and Ferdinand VII. His themes range from merry festivals for
tapestry, draft cartoons, to scenes of war, fight and corpses. This
evolution reflects the darkening of his temper. Modern doctors
suspect that the lead in his pigments poisoned him and caused his
deafness since 1792. Near the end of his life, he became reclusive
and produced frightening and obscure paintings of insanity, madness,
and fantasy. The style of these Black Paintings prefigure the
Goya retired to his Quinta del Sordo (Deaf man's villa) after the
French troops of Napoleon Bonaparte seized power in Spain. Some of
his paintings depict scenes of the horrors of the Peninsula War.
Blind and deaf, he died in self-imposed exile in Bordeaux.
Two of Goya's best known paintings are The Nude Maja (La Maja
desnuda) and The Clothed Maja (La Maja vestida). They depict the
same woman in the same pose, naked and clothed respectively. He
painted La Maja Vestida after outrage in Spanish society over the
previous Desnuda. He refused to paint clothes on her, and instead
created a new painting.
Another familiar Goya work is Saturn Devouring His Son, which
displays a Greco-Roman mythological scene of the god Saturn
consuming a child. This painting is one of fourteen in a series
called the Black Paintings.
newspaper Aftonbladet has announced that Stellan will play Spanish
artist Francisco de Goya in Milos Forman's film, GOYA'S GHOSTS!
Filming will take place in Spain from September to December.
Natalie Portman and Javier Bardem will co-star. With thanks to
Camilla Hultén and Annamarie Strawhand for this news
alert! More info coming...
marked the first anniversary of Stellanonline.com! A hearty thank you to
those visitors who continue to send words of encouragement and
appreciation and an especially warm "tack" to my Swedish contributors
and translators, as well as to Stellan, whose friendship has been a
blessing. This web site is ever-expanding so expect many more
additions in the months ahead.
few days ago there was a posting at the IMDB message board that
seemingly came from someone representing the
Grendel production. They reported that contrary to
rumors, the film would not be hitting general screens until the first
quarter of 2006 with the exception of possible summer/fall festival
appearances. No decision has yet been made as to limited or general
release in any territories. Since last November the IMDB has been
erroneously reporting an October 10, 2005 release. There has been
speculation that the film might premiere at the Toronto International
Film Festival in September.
director Niklas Rådström's short debut,
starring Stellan and Pernilla August, won the award for Best Script at Spain's Almería en Corto International
Short Film Festival, which wrapped June 4th. The film was cited for its
humor and intelligence with cultural references. It will be featured at
Toronto's Worldwide Short Film Festival, which runs June 14-19.
Last summer when
premiered, Stellan granted an interview to Sweden's
Expressen. It's called "I Love Walking Around Naked" so that should
prepare you for its content. I personally prefer to cook with my clothes
on lest I burn precious body parts, but apparently Stellan doesn't seem
to mind. He is indeed a rascal! I think it's rather special that he
remembers first seeing his wife when she was a newborn.
for the interview.
a new Image section with 8 photos from the
1996 Cannes Film
Festival, which featured
Breaking the Waves.
the Washington Times, 6/6/05:
author sues over sequel -
A suit filed by The Exorcist author William
Blatty against Morgan Creek Productions says he was not paid for a
recent sequel to the horror film. Blatty filed suit in Los Angeles
Superior Court seeking $750,000, which he said was guaranteed by the
studio if it made a second sequel to the original 1973 film, The
Hollywood Reporter said Monday.
Blatty's attorneys said an October 1996 settlement called for payments
to be made of $930,000 for a first sequel and $750,000 for any sequel
thereafter. Blatty said he was paid for the first 2004 sequel,
Beginning, but not for the recently released,
Dominion: A Prequel to
Morgan Creek could not be reached for comment.
wishes to Stellan on his 54th birthday!
On April 30
participated in a panel discussion of actors at Sweden's
cultural center, Drömfabriken (Dream Factory).
Chaired by film journalist Gunnar Rehlin, the annual event
is sponsored by the Swedish Film Institute of Film. Panel
guests Stellan, Frida Hallgren, Andreas Wilson
and Mikael Persbrandt
shared their experiences of working in film and theatre in
Sweden and abroad.
Finally we have a
picture of Stellan
as Bootstrap Bill! What do you think? Rather ghoulish, eh? Does he look
like he spent some time at the bottom of the ocean with those barnacles
growing out of his face?
following article appeared in several Swedish publications on May 30th.
[My thanks to Robin Solsjö Höglund for the translation]
Skarsgård wanted for Forman
Milos Forman's next movie
"Goya's Ghosts" is about the Spanish artist
Francisco de Goya. Other actors include Javier Bardem, Natalie Portman and - probably Stellan Skarsgård as Goya.
"If it happens, I'll be playing Goya,"
says Stellan Skarsgård.
Milos Forman is one of the great
directors with a list that includes
"Hair", "Amadeus", "Man On The Moon", and last but not least, "One Flew Over The
Cuckoo's Nest". His next project is "Goya's Ghost", a movie about the
Spanish painter Francisco de Goya. Forman
has worked out the script with the frenchman Jean-Claude Carrière.
The story revolves around a scandal involving Goya and his muse, who has
branded a heretic by a monk. Javier Bardem, from movies
might be playing the male lead and "Star Wars"star
female lead. Stellan Skarsgård might also be in the film, as Goya, but
nothing is certain yet.
"It's a great script, and I'd love to make this movie. I'm discussing
with my agent, but we still haven't reached any satisfactory financial
agreement." says Stellan.
"Goya's Ghosts" takes place in
1792, at the height of Francisco de Goyas career - he was at that
time viewed as the greatest painter in all of
He was seen as a stylistic painter but was also skilled at portraits
worked as a royal painter for kings.
Yes, it's true, Stellan's next
project MIGHT be Goya's Ghosts! Stellan emailed me this
afternoon with confirmation. He says, "I haven’t been offered the role
of Goya yet, but I am in talks with them and will go down to Madrid and
meet in a week or two. It’s a beautiful script and I’d love to do it. I
think I can make it work with the POTC schedule since I only have a few
very concentrated shoots in the Caribbean left."
reported, Javier Bardem, last seen in The Sea Inside, will play
the role of the monk, described as being one of the driving forces
behind the Spanish Inquisition. A scandal arises when Goya's muse is
framed for heresy by him. Natalie Portman (Closer) will have a
double role playing both the muse and her teen daughter Alicia.
Variety reports that the historical drama has been long in the
works. Filming, expected to begin in October, will take place in Spain
and other parts of Europe. For those not familiar with 18th century Spanish art, Goya
was one of their greatest painters. He is credited with developing
styles that pre-figure both the Impressionists and the Expressionists.
Since director Milos Forman previously tackled artistic genius rather
successfully in Amadeus, we can hope for a film that gives a
fabulous flavor of both time and place in which the artist lived and the
artist himself. Let's just hope Stellan gets the role! Remember he's had
experience with the old paintbrush having played the Danish artist,
Soren Krøyer, in
Hip, Hip Hurra!.
[The Goya painting is a self portrait]
On a personal note, Stellan writes
that he's now enjoying the beautiful Swedish summer spending a lot of
time in his country house on an island in the archipelago outside
Stockholm. He describes it as "a very nice place with lots of space for
friends and family and a little boat to explore other islands." That's
so "Stellan-ish" thinking of his friends and family.
I love this story. Before this
"little boat" Stellan refers to, he once bought the "Elsa-Marie of Ostra
Ed", which was built in 1852. At first inspection, it turned out it had
completely decayed. Stellan says, "I promise you that I was able
to put my arm straight through the oak plank. The only times she left
the quay was in vertical position. I believe she sank seven times just
in the first year. Then we sold her for one Swedish krona."