Wilson’s AS IF I'M NOT THERE is the Irish Film & Television
Academy’s pick for Ireland’s entry in the foreign language Oscar race.
It stars Natasa Petrovic and Miraj Grbic, with a brief cameo by Stellan
in the role of a doctor. The picture is set in the Balkans and shot
primarily in the Serbo-Croatian language, but it was developed and
produced by Ireland’s Octagon Films with creative control and behind
camera talent coming from the Emerald Isle. The Irish Academy is hoping
to grab a nomination slot on the back of qualifying as a film made in
any language other than English and following a tour of selected
festivals in the U.S. Wilson was previously nominated for an Academy
Award in 2010 for her live action short film "The Door". The film has
unspooled at several festivals including shindigs in Phoenix, Long
Island and Rhode Island where it won best feature plaudits at each. The
story follows a young woman from Sarajevo whose life is shattered after
being rounded up with the other women from the village and imprisoned in
a warehouse in a remote region of Bosnia. The day she is picked out to
‘entertain’ the soldiers, the real nightmare begins.
Issue 4 of Lab magazine, "Dragon Tattoo" director, David Fincher
questions Stellan about his process, their shared work ethic and, of
course, what they both love about Sweden. I haven't been able to read
the article yet, but will post it whenever it becomes available. In the
meantime, here are some great photos by Andreas Ohlund for the magazine:
is set to star in Canadian helmer Sylvain Archambault's ROUGE BRÉSIL,
based on Jean-Christophe Rufin's 2001 historical bestseller. The $11
million project has been set up as an indie international co-production
involving France, Brazil, Canada and Portugal, which will create a
Portuguese/English-language feature and an English-language TV series
with two episodes of 100 minutes. The story is set in France
Antarctique, established in 1555 in the coastal region where Rio de
Janeiro is now located. A haven for French Protestant Huguenots, who
fled religious wars in France, the colony was ultimately leveled by the
Portuguese in 1567. Stellan will have the role of French explorer
Nicolas Durand de Villegagnon with actor Joaquim de Almeida playing his
rival. Executive producer Nicolas Traube says, "It shows the absurdity
of religious wars." Hey, that sounds like a perfect story for Stellan!
Filming will begin shortly in Rio De Janeiro.
a recent interview, Stellan commented on working with David Fincher.
When he first met the "Dragon Tattoo" director, he was told,
"This will not be fun because I sometimes do 40 takes of each set-up".
Stellan responded, "It better be fun, and I don't mind doing 40 takes,
so let's make 40 fun takes." Was it fun? Yes. "I really enjoyed it. He's
very thorough, but it's not an anal thing. You can actually do 40 takes
that are 40 versions of a scene, which brings it to life. He works hard
and fast, which means that you shoot all the time. You don't sit and
wait and I like that."
Commenting on the film's leading
star, Daniel Craig, Stellan said, "You shouldn't be fooled just
because he's good with a gun. He's a good actor and not just a handsome
man." As far as the casting of Rooney Mara, he responded, "Obviously,
Fincher wanted to go with someone even younger than the Swedish version.
He wanted someone more vulnerable, more androgynous and I think it pays
off. I think Rooney did a great job... I've seen the Swedish movie and I
thought it was good. I think Fincher and writer Steven Zaillian have
done more with it."
New York Magazine -
comments on Alexander's looks in the September
"In person, Skarsgĺrd
is less physically imposing than he is
on-screen. He’s tall but gangly, with a goofy
Scando-Cajun accent and two-day stubble covering
Alexander is adamant about being more than the
sum of his pecs."
"I’m not interested in parts where they
are looking for a good-looking guy. I want to be a weird little
sidekick in a crazy comedy and then play like a
dark drama or a thriller."
Orlando Sentinel recently carried an interview with Stellan regarding
his role in THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO.
"I saw the Swedish
films, I knew the books, and I thought 'This
is a good attempt at making those books into films,'"
he says. “Then David Fincher, a great director, came along and got
the directing job for the Hollywood version, and it became much more
interesting to me."
With Fincher in charge, Skarsgĺrd
knew the film would push boundaries in the violence department. But
the films’ controversial violence against is easily explainable to a
"The books were written at a time when the
feminist movement in Scandinavia were very much preoccupied with
trafficking of women, and violence against women. Stieg Larsson was
a journalist who was, of course, very much a part of that debate. So
that’s reflected in the books, and that dictated that this very
vivid imagery of violence against women turns up in the movies.
If people think these novels reflect Scandinavian society in
any accurate way, they’re wrong. It’s fiction."
What of the talk, after the Norwegian massacre, that Larsson was
onto something –writing a decade ago about far right wing groups in
"Larsson was aware of the region’s
problems with right wing extremists, Scandinavian neo-Nazis. We’ve
had problems with Christian fundamentalists. The Norwegian mass
murderer called himself a ‘Christian warrior.’ But that’s not
limited to Scandinavia, of course. You have had bombings and
killings here in America, too, from the far right.
“I think it’s a global problem, any place you have people
ascribing to some rigid ideas and doctrine, you run into this."
turns out that Stellan was in New York this week shooting his final
scenes for the Joss Whedon film, THE AVENGERS", starring Robert
Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett
Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston and Samuel L. Jackson.
When he's finished in NY, he will
then fly to Los Angeles to re-shoot some scenes for
THE GIRL WITH THE
DRAGON TATTOO. Here are a few more photos released from the studio.
Stellan's oldest son is man of
the hour and Alexander graces yet another
magazine cover. This
time it's for the 10th Anniversary issue of
Germany's fashionable GQ
Style. He is photographed by Ralph
Mecke and styled by Klaus Stockhausen. There is definitely
something to be said for a man working the rugged look in a fine
designer coat. Swoon! You can watch a video of
his photo shoot
at this link.
In the interview, Alexander
comments on his father's clothes: When asked if he took stuff from
his father's wardrobe when he was younger, he replies,
"Of course, my brothers
and I did that all the time. My dad is really tall and it took a
while until I could wear his clothes. When I was 15 or 16, I
could wear his shirts and jackets."
And was he your role model for
"No, he just had a
lot of clothes. Among them a lot of things I thought were
embarrassing. He liked to wear garments from India or the Middle
East. He brought something back every time he was filming
somewhere. I didn’t get why in the past... Now
I love the garments. They are really comfortable."