SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2014 NEWS
reported in March, Stellan will be leading the cast for the BBC One
drama series, RIVER. This week the full cast was announced.
Created and written by Emmy Award winner Abi Morgan, the series will
feature Stellan as John River, a brilliant police officer whose genius
and fault is the fragility of his mind. The character is haunted by the
murder victims whose cases he must lay to rest. Nicola Walker will play
his colleague and confidant, Detective Sargeant Jackie "Stevie"
Stevenson. Other cast members include Adeel Akhtar as Detective Sargeant
Ira King, Lesley Manville as their superior, Chief Inspector Chrissie
Read, Sorcha Cusack as Bridie, Stevie’s mother, and Georgina Rich as
police psychiatrist Rosa. Eddie Marsan also joins the cast as a
notorious killer who haunts River.
Abi Morgan said, "A show like
'River' needs broad shoulders and I can't think of anyone better than
Skarsgård to take on this challenge and lead this brilliant cast." Jane
Featherstone, Chief Executive of Kudos, added: "I can’t tell you how
chuffed we are at Kudos to have been able to assemble such a magnificent
group of actors led by the extraordinary Stellan Skarsgård, all
attracted by the quality of Abi’s script." Directed by Richard Laxton,
the series will comprise six hour-long episodes. It is currently being
filmed in East London and will be telecast on BBC One next year.
in Sweden, Stellan began making news last month with his participation
in a short film presented together with Stigenberg Group. He has plunged
into Stockholm's lock debate explaining his dissatisfaction with the
city's plans. In the municipal elections, he says he intends to vote for
a party that wants to tear up the decision on the "New Slussen"
because the project will destroy the beauty of the city. Both the
Stockholm Party and the Swedish Democrats support him. You can watch the
a photo I just came across that was featured in July by Sweden's
Stoppa Pressarna in an article showing Swedish celebrities with much
younger partners. The "25" on the photo indicates the difference in
years between them.
previously reported, Stellan was in attendance this week at the
Venice International Film Festival where the director's cut of
NYMPHOMANIAC was screened. The
paparazzi had a grand time with their cameras and we have the photos
from the photo call and premiere posted in the
Venice gallery. It's just
come to my attention that Charlotte Gainsbourg has a strong resemblance to a younger Patti
Smith. Agree? I do admire her chutzpah for showing up for photo shoots without
styling her hair or donning make-up or how about jewelry. Hey, maybe she
Co-star Uma Thurman was also on
hand for photos though she chose to do solo shots. Co-star Willem Dafoe
was at the festival as well but only attended events for his new film,
to Sweden's Expressen, the Volvo Car Group is continuing its campaign to
feature Swedish superstars in their commercials on television and the
Internet. Starting this fall, the advertising
campaign for the new Volvo XC90 will have Stellan as their front
man. He will show how easy the car is to maneuver. The message is
"Simplicity". In the commercial Stellan drives on a highway in Dalarna
and, in the end, he undresses and jumps into a lake for a swim.
Expression surmises that the actor most likely will be given the car in
addition to the usual fee. The car is said to be worth 900,000 crowns.
With the death of Robin Williams,
The Telegraph (UK) reprinted their 1998 review of
GOOD WILL HUNTING.
Film critic Quentin Curtis wrote, "The other outstanding performance is
Stellan Skarsgard's as the driven MIT professor both inspired and
chagrined by Will's brilliance. The Swedish Skarsgard, riding the waves
he made in 'Breaking the Waves', also shone in last week's 'Amistad' and
here he conveys that prickliness unique to a certain kind of slightly
Lauren Bacall passed away the day
after Williams but it didn't occur to me at the time that Stellan had
also worked with her on the big screen. It was another Lars von Trier
film called DOGVILLE. The photo below shows Ms. Bacall on the set
with her director. She was one of the most beautiful actresses ever!
Here are a few quotes from some of
Stellan's recent interviews:
"My wife doesn't even consider
me as a man really. She says I am a big girl."
"I pace all the time; I am
never still. But I don't exercise."
"I've never liked snow. It
gets into your shoes and into your argh! I don't like to be
outdoors, I don't have winter clothes. I stay indoors between
October and April."
"I was born naked and I have a
very relaxed relationship to my own nakedness. My parents often
walked naked in the apartment when I was a small child and I take
off my clothes frequently when I get home."
"My career has had very few
A Star is Born moments.”
"Most of my acting in general
is about what's going on in the head and the lines are just
something that comes out. I enjoy saying as little as much as
possible and feeling as much as possible."
"We grew up on Monty Python.
We grew up on Billy Wilder. But there's a Scandinavian thing about
seeing the comic side of misery. I think it might have something to
do with the long, dark winters here. You've got to be able to laugh
at the ugliness and misery and everything (laughs)."
"I think what we have to recognize is that we are cavemen and we have a
thin veneer of civilization that we have to be very protective of, and
in Nils's case (In Order of Disappearance), the veneer cracks
and out comes the caveman - the very primitive reactions – but we should know that we're all capable of
committing the most horrible atrocities. If you look at Yugoslavia,
which was a very similar country before the break up of it, just a year
later people are savage and killing each other. We have to know that the
bad guys are not different from us in the world." [Really,
Stellan? I have to confess I have never thought of chopping
someone's head off. Yes, think ISIS. Believe it or not, pure EVIL
does exist in this world.]