familiar face is among the portraits now being shown at the Martin
Schoeller exhibition called "Up Close" at Fotografiska in Stockholm.
The renowned American photographer has captured several famous faces,
such as Hillary Clinton, George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Quentin Tarantino
and Lady Gaga. As seen in the photo below, Stellan's portrait hangs on
the wall at about two square meters. I'm surprised Schoeller didn't do
something more creative with our zany Swede but instead captured his
"Swedishness". The exhibition will continue through February 7, 2016.
the BBC blog website, Stellan once again discusses the
RIVER series and his character. He says,
"Like me, he doesnít sing karaoke. Or dance. But she [Stevie] makes him
do it and she forces him to go outside of the shell that ties him down.
And that is something great about when we meet someone who makes us
become richer than we normally are. Itís fantastic... But those
singing and dancing scenes? I did not enjoy them. I was really
embarrassed. But this profession is constant humiliation [laughs]. My
entire organism revolts at the thought of doing karaoke. I canít do it.
And Iím a bad singer."
From writer Abi Morgan and director
Abi: When I wrote
the first episode, I didnít know who was going to play River. But as
soon as Stellan SkarsgŚrd
came on board, I really started to write
for him. Heís an extraordinary actor in terms of his range, and my
concern with Riverís character was that an audience could be quite
exhausted by it, because heís in every single scene. And when you
put an actor under that much scrutiny, like us all, you see the
tricks. But Stellan somehow doesnít have the tricks. I think itís
because he comes into every
scene really fresh and ready to play with it.
Richard: Stellan as a man is incredibly
compassionate, mischievous and opinionated, in the most lovely way.
And I think that part of his nature means he can play that
character. Because thereís no ego in that, he just wanted to do good
work. He cared about it. But also his sound, and his look to a
certain extent, he feels like someone who is different.
He is acutely intelligent, acutely funny and acutely instinctive
about human nature. My challenge was to take the audience and put
them in the top-pocket of a man who has a mental health problem. We
both had a delight and fascination for Abi Morganís
script. I knew how to get the story
out of him, through the lens and on to the screen. We had a very
sympathetic working relationship. We both
understood what was needed and he was open to notes and direction.
With many actors, they want to lean back into the arms of the
director so they have the freedom to make a mistake.
Stellan is a gift for a director.
news! Netflix has just announced that all six episodes of the new
BBC series RIVER will be available
starting November 18 in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand,
France, DACH, Benelux and the Nordics.
Swede is spending time in the UK this week doing press for the upcoming
RIVER series. He's done several
interviews with various media outlets. First off, let me give you the
link for the full
trailer, which has just been released. It premieres on BBC One
on October 13.
Stellan readily admits it was
award-winning British playwright and screenwriter Abi Morgan who first
drew him to the coveted BBC One role. "She's a special writer," he says,
"very poetic and not all linear in her storytelling." However, he did
not just turn up and do as he was told. He explains, "I would
complain when I wasnít happy and weíd talk about it. I let everybody
know exactly what I think about everything all the time. Sometimes she
used what I said, sometimes not. But we havenít been co-writing. Sheís
the writer. And sheís good."
His issue with most police dramas
in the past was the procedural dialogue. He says, "Iím really bad at it.
Itís more to do with my incompetence than anything bad with cop shows in
general." He actually asked Morgan to write out the few procedural lines
that were in the script. "Abi definitely has taken a new tack on how to
deal with a cop show," he adds. "Sheís got all the ingredients - the
buddy, the boss, the aging cop - but she kind of put them in a blender
and made something totally different."
While some of the situations
become comical and some are tragic, Stellan puts much of the show's
focus down to human behavior, and "a lot of love for life". He adds, "I
want the audience at home to be entertained in a different way; maybe
they can find some fascination that they don't usually see."
The series was shot in East London
but Stellan insists he hasn't picked up any Cockney slang. He says,
"It's fun and an incredible culture, but it's hard to understand." By
coincidence son Alexander was in town shooting "Tarzan" at the same
time. Stellan says, "He was on such a strict diet that he would only
have small portions every three hours, and then two in the days before
he wrapped filming. He actually moved in with us, because he knew he
would get food!"
Although he claims the six hours
of "River" are "like a finished piece," Stellan is optioned for another
series, but only so long as Morgan is writing. He says, "Iím not a serf
to them, I still have my integrity intact."
And River could be followed by
another TV series, this time with his long-standing collaborator Lars
Von Trier, who last year revealed he was working on "The House That Jack
Built", an eight-part series about a serial killer.
"Weíve talked about it and if he says letís go and play, Iíll come,Ē
says Stellan. "I donít have to read it. I said yes to 'Nymphomaniac'
before it was written." Von Trier, he says, hasnít yet written the
series, but is working on it "off and on depending on how he feels."
And then thereís Stellan's ongoing less-arthouse appearances as
scientist Erik Selvig in Marvelís increasingly interwoven franchises.
His last appearance was in this year's "Avengers: Age of Ultron", in
just a couple of brief scenes with Chris Hemsworthís Thor, but his
superhero adventures may be drawing to a close.
"They have one more option on me. The contract was five films and Iíve
ticked off four," he says. "So weíll see. I think theyíre making another
Thor, so I might be in that. If they call, Iíll come."
One's six-part crime series RIVER will
be premiering in the UK on October 13th. Everyoneís favorite
rumpled Swede, Stellan SkarsgŚrd
brings his big-screen charisma to this new
television drama. The List writes, "'River'
is the boldest new UK crime series for many a year... Stellan SkarsgŚrd
produces another hefty role in a CV forged by rank misery, with this one
set up to explore big-hitting subjects such as mental illness, guilt and
grief. His overall performance is aided and abetted by a wonderful face
seemingly etched with innumerable traumas and tragedies in the line of
Check out the new 40-second trailer.
On signing up for his first role
in a TV series, Stellan explained, "What attracted me to the script is
that it didn't look like any other script I've read. I've turned down so
many cop shows because there's too many of them and I can't do
procedural lines. I can't say, 'Download the CCTV from the site and go
through his bank accounts'. It doesn't fit in my mouth." He also admits,
"I've always envied actresses because actresses get to show everything
but actors don't. We're supposed to be manly, which means we hide
everything and don't show feelings. Here, I've got a part that allows me
to be an actor and an actress at the same time."
In an article in yesterday
UK's Independent, Stellan terms
his character's feelings of grief, depression, guilt, loneliness,
hyper-sensitivity and suicidal thoughts "River
Syndrome". "Heís an
intelligent man,Ē he says,
"but that doesnít mean he has full insight into whatís going on
in his head. Heís not delusional, but heís having a real conversation
with these people and learning from them as we do from our inner
The DVD will be released in the
UK on November 23, 2015. And hopefully this series will eventually cross
the Atlantic because of its popularity.