an interview with Collider while at the Toronto Film
Festival last month, Stellan spoke about DUNE director Denis
Villeneuve. He told the press that full creative control of the film was
in Villeneuveís hands. Stellan, who is playing the movieís villainous
Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, indicated that Warner Bros. has not been
getting in the way of Villeneuveís vision. Stellan explained, "I've
always wanted to work with him partly because heís such a wonderful man,
but also because heís a brilliant director. Itís fun when you get one of
those big sci-fi movies and you know itís going to be directed by a true
filmmaker. Itís not going to be directed by the studio. It seemed like
they were giving him pretty free hands. And you have to because his
personal stamp on the film is paramount for the success of it."
Stellan added, "What heís really
good at is creating this strange atmosphere with his imagery and this
cinematic poetry that is his trademark and that will add so much
richness to the pretty simple story." Principal photography for the film
has been completed. The cast also includes Timothťe Chalamet, Rebecca
Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Charlotte Rampling and Javier Bardem.
from the Past! A very young Stellan with shades of Alexander.
EMMY ceremony was held tonight. Alas, Stellan did not win for
Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie. However,
CHERNOBYL won for Best Limited Series
as well as director Johan Renck and writer Craig Mazin. Stellan was accompanied by his wife
Megan, who was wearing a somewhat unusual robe.
was nominated for a total of 19 Emmys. The series
received three awards in the Limited Series category at the
Primetime Emmy Awards, which included Best Limited Series,
Outstanding Director and Outstanding Writing. It also picked up
seven awards at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards.
The first week of September proved
to be quite busy for Stellan as he attended two film festivals! He was
at the premiere of Vaclav Marhoul's adaptation of the classic Jerzy
Kosinski novel THE PAINTED BIRD.
That took place on September 3rd at the 76th Venice Film Festival and
four days later he attended the premiere of Hap (Hope) at the Toronto
International Film Festival.
One reviewer described
THE PAINTED BIRD as "a brutal,
harrowing & merciless three-hour journey filled with gruesome acts
varying from extreme beatings, brutal rape scenes and eye gouging." It
was reported that some of the audience headed for the exits. Stellan,
who plays a Nazi officer in the film told the press, "The film depicts
Europe at a very dark time, but it's a dark time that is not specific to
that time, that is sort of existing today all over the world in many
places. During the most horrible times there are moments of compassion
and we as humans can be monsters of brutality but we can also be very
compassionate and we all have it in us, if you're not a psychopath."
The following are some questions
he answered regarding the film:
"The Painted Bird" was an
unusual production as Vaclav Marhoul shot across Eastern Europe for
several years. Did you know the unorthodox filming plan when you signed
Stellan: "Yes, and perhps itís an
even longer project than you realize. Vaclav called me nine years ago
when he obtained the rights and told me about his plans and I knew
immediately that I wanted to be part of it. It was extremely hard to
finance and I think itís fantastic that he got this film made. Itís hard
to get any film financed these days and this one is so ambitious and
risky. But Iím so happy with how it turned out and I know itís all worth
Had you filmed in the Czech Republic and Slovakia before?
SS: "Yes, I did a TV series about Strindberg and we filmed in Bratislava
back in the Soviet days. I remember that I was not a big fan of
McDonaldís, but when I was done shooting I couldnít wait to go to
McDonalds! But the region has completely changed and all for the
At the Toronto International Film
Festival (TIFF), Stellan joined director Maria SÝdahl and co-star Andrea
Brśin Hovig at the premiere screening of
HOPE as well as photo
calls the next day.