November 21st, a photocall and press conference was held in
Stockholm to promote the soon-to-be-released
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO. Rooney Mara, director David
Fincher and Stellan were on-hand but Daniel Craig was not in attendance
since he is currently filming the latest James Bond flick.
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film projects in New York City
were finished, Alexander headed south
to Shreveport, LA where filming for "The East" will continue
through December 12th. The film, which also stars Ellen Page, Brit
Marling and Patricia Clarkson, tells the story of Sarah (played by
Marling), an undercover agent, who finds herself falling for Benji
(Alexander), the leader of The East, a mysterious anarchist
organization. Ellen Page will play Izzy, the jealous ex-lover of
Benji's. This photo shows the "True Blood"
star enjoying a vegetarian lunch this week at Indigo, Shreveport's
popular Indian restaurant.
made its US theatrical debut on Friday and it's definitely a winner!
David Edelstein of New York magazine writes, "Only an egomaniac like
Lars von Trier could turn the notion of a planet on a collision course
with Earth into a metaphor for his own depression, and only a mad genius
could make it sing." The stunning and aesthetic film has been deemed a
masterpiece by the majority of critics around the world despite the fact
that the director continues to be controversial. Who can forget his
ramblings at Cannes this year? Next weekend the film will open beyond LA
and NYC but will still have a limited release, so check your local
arthouse for a screening. And you can visit the
film page for movie stills and
Here's a snippet on how Alexander
felt about working with his dad:
|Amy Wilkinson of MTV
According to Alexander, the
experience was truly cherished.
"It was awesome," he enthused. "We've never
worked together before. He's one of my best
friends. I love hanging out with him. Being able
to hang out for two months - we shot in
Sweden... He's pretty rad.
He's a cool cat."
an erotic photo, eh? Empire magazine published it in their latest
edition but I'm not sure if the scene is actually in the film. I'm talking about
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO. Have
you seen the
latest trailer? I thought the previous trailers were more
riveting. With just a few more weeks to its theatrical opening, the date
being December 21st, the hype is escalating. Apologies are in order for
my skepticism, but I have a history of disappointment in Hollywood
remakes, especially of foreign films. Think "La Femme Nikita" or better
yet, Stellan's "Insomnia". Naturally I'm tickled pink that our Swede was
cast in a Swedish film. I like authenticity. And I love Daniel Craig and
Christopher Plummer as well. I'm not wild about Rooney Mara. In the
trailer I noted that the various accents provide a somewhat disconnect
to the fluidity of the film and I'm wondering if that will be
disconcerting to some audiences. Yes, a remake is tricky business,
especially when the original film was both critically-acclaimed and
successful at the box office. The Swedish version was quite a dark and
gritty neo-Noir with Noomi Rapace putting in such a disturbing, violent
and titular performance, which revealed so alarmingly Lisbeth Salander's
dark soul. So brilliant! Can Rooney Mara give us that raw performance
without looking like a sweet rich girl in punk-goth make-up and costume?
Norwegian films became the big winner at Europe's
largest film festival of Nordic Cinema, which takes
place in Lübeck, Germany, every
November for 53 years. Stellan's
KONGEN AV BASTOY ("King of Devil's Island")
won both the renowned NDR Award for Best Feature Film and the much
coveted Lübecker Nachrichten Audience Award. The
Norwegian drama, directed by Marius Holst, presents the thrilling
account of a rebellion on a prison island in the Oslofjord in 1915.
Holst, along with actor Benjamin Helstadt accepted the prizes at the
Film Prize Night on November 5th. Together the prizes had a cash value
of 17,500 euros. The jury stated that, "The director of the
award-winning film succeeds in transforming a historical event into a
gripping cinema experience with a powerful narrative: thrilling,
authentic and emotional at every given moment. The film does more than
reconstruct historical facts; it treats the major topics of the history
of mankind, which makes it a film of high contemporary political
relevance. The film is evidently based on very stringent, perfectly
composed script. And the efforts undertaken by its producers, too,
impressed us deeply. This is cinema at its best. This film is here to
Since playing a wickedly sexy vampire
on the HBO series, "True Blood",
the eldest of Stellan's seven children,
has been thrust into the limelight of Hollywood idol.
His chiseled, athletic frame and
riveting pale blue eyes have thus created a fan base of worshippers. However, it
has been a major disappointment that his fan sites are an
abomination lacking any aesthetic appeal or, more importantly,
organization. One fan site actually had an ad for
sperm bank donors appearing through Alexander's head! Let's face it, these
web sites are mainly focused on his looks
and never comment on his talent as an actor.
I even found over 300 screen captures from
one film! I'm not kidding. Yes, we
know that Alexander's looks
are HOT but ignoring
all assessments of his WORK by the film industry is an injustice to the actor.
I've been maintaining online
archives for actors since 1998 and I've discovered that
"fan sites" ultimately fall by the wayside within
three years because webmasters are typically young,
they move on and quickly lose
interest. Check back in 2014 if you don't
believe me. Stellanonline.com will now carry more
news on Alexander's career as well as updates on brothers Gustaf
and Bill. Back in 2004, when this web site was created, there were NO web
sites for any Skarsgård. Alexander
had just recently shut down his own web site (see photo below), so I
began to post news on Stellan's children. And FYI,
for the past six years, this Skarsgård
archive has been continually plundered so I
will apologize upfront that I no longer heed to Internet etiquette.
Last month Alexander's latest
film, "Straw Dogs" opened in US theatres and will be available on
DVD on December 20, 2011. Written and directed by Rod Lurie, it's
a remake of Sam Peckinpah's controversial 1971 thriller, transposing the
action from a Cornish village to Blackwater, Mississippi. It also stars
James Marsden and Kate Bosworth, a name you should easily recognize if
you've been following Alexander's personal life. Their two-year
relationship ended last summer. On the Tomatometer, the film scored a
disappointing 42%, but not surprising since remakes rarely succeed. But
just because a film doesn't do well at the box office or receives bad
reviews does not necessarily have a negative effect on the actors. We've
certainly seen this with Stellan where some of his films were not
successful but his excellent acting was singled out.
Here's what some of the critics
are saying about Alexander's performance in "Straw Dogs".
Alexander Skarsgård, who gives
by far the best performance." ...NY Post
is the only reason to subject yourself to Rod Lurie’s bearable but
superfluous remake of the 1971 Sam Peckinpah thriller 'Straw Dogs'."
..New York Magazine
"The real standout is
Skarsgård, who makes Charlie not
just a menacing brute but a canny, sexy predator."
...One Guy's Opinion
"Skarsgård, the object of
many women's dark fantasies from his role in 'True Blood', uses his
tight smile and dead eyes to good effect. He's chilling but his good
manners never make him seem like an unspeakable monster. That part
goes to James Woods, whose ferocity is frightening."
"The supporting cast
includes the great James Woods as Tom Heddon, with Stellan
Skarsgård’s son, Alexander Skarsgård, looking promising as leading
protagonist Charlie." ...Birmingham Mail
"Skarsgård is perfectly cast
as Charlie because the guy has the rare gift of being able to
simultaneously exude charm and menace. Charlie is clearly dangerous,
but at times he seems downright sweet and gentle. Skarsgård
cuts an impressive physical presence as well." ...St.
"Skarsgård’s character in
particular has extra depth, and the charismatic 'True Blood' star
shades it in with subtlety and conviction." ...Little
"Marsden is excellent as David, though he does admittedly look like
he'd be handier in a fight than Dustin Hoffman in the original film.
Skarsgård is equally good, making Charlie a rather more complex
character, heightened by his obvious sex appeal."
"Skarsgård taps into his alluring trademark calm and restrained
persona with a few gratuitous torso shots to boot, making us throw
all caution to the wind." ...Real.com
"Skarsgård was a damnably lucky bit of casting, and he manages to
exude enough oily meanness through his model-like good looks that
the character seems genuinely dangerous, even if Marsden and
Bosworth aren't so entirely interesting."
...Antagony and Ecstasy
"Alexander Skarsgård is
particularly menacing as the too-polite-by-half good old boy, who
still carries a torch for his old high school sweetheart."
"Marsden is solid in his
portrayal of a reluctant hero... Bosworth is adequate as well... But
it’s Skarsgård who rises to the top of the heap with his bad boy
Charlie." ...Frank's Reel Reviews
"While Skarsgård is the
big, bad wolf with a wounded heart, he’s played by one of
Hollywood’s hottest men. You have got to respect that. Charlie is a
rapist but Lurie clearly knows Skarsgård is a seductive actor and he
frames him accordingly." ...Films in Review
"Charlie, is played by the
towering Alexander Skarsgård, who embodies the alpha-male
personality that David lacks. Skarsgård's role can't exactly be
called complex, but he's a magnetic screen presence."
...Television without Pity
"Most of the cast are
forced to paint with very broad strokes, although Skarsgård
makes the most valiant effort in adding some kind of depth to his
character. From his role on 'True Blood', he is used to glamoring us
with his eyes." ...Movies.com
comes close to success with a performance that initially captures
the outwardly friendly/inwardly frightening makeup of his
brings the exact right blend of friendliness and menace to the role
of Charlie." ...About.com
is the movie's biggest surprise. His Mississippi accent is
surprisingly good and he turns what could have been a redneck
stereotype into something halfway interesting."
...Philadelphia Daily News
"While Bosworth, Marsden
and Woods are superb, Skarsgård’s
slyly nuanced performance is the most memorable." ...SSG
throughout - Skarsgård is the
standout - which help give Lurie's 'Straw Dogs' considerable weight, but
the original is still the better movie by a considerable margin."
...Film Journal International
"Given the less complex
nature of Lurie's 'Straw Dogs,' the actors deserve praise for
fleshing out their characters far better than Lurie's adapted
screenplay requires, especially Skarsgård
in a winning bad boy performance that's both quietly menacing — and
frighteningly normal." ...Daily Herald
Back in June
Stellan's ex-wife, My Skarsgård,
gave a candid interview with a Swedish publication,
Damernas (Woman's World), in which she admitted her struggle with
alcoholism. My and Stellan were married for 32 years before the two
separated in 2006. Over the past few months she has continued to speak
out about her addiction adding that "Stellan and the kids have given me
their full support. This is something I have to take responsibility for
the rest of my life. Therefore, it is important for
me to tell my story, even the dark and ugly parts." Click here
for a Google translation of that article.
Her family must be grateful for her courage and we all wish her
continued good health in body, mind and spirit.