DT.SE - October 25, 2010

Reporter Anna Lindberg of Stockholm meets Stellan Skarsgĺrd.

He is one of the most successful actors, including films such as "Mamma Mia" and "Pirates of the Caribbean". On the way to fame, he has turned down many roles, but also accepted what he calls "dirty movies". But he emphasizes that he does not regret anything. He says, "Life is full of nonsense and difficulties, otherwise it is not a rich life."

Stellan Skarsgĺrd is broken up in a smile and greets me with a firm handshake when we meet on the south side of Stockholm. On the table between us is a pile of books, among them the screenplay for the film being shot now - The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo", which is the U.S. version of the first Millennium film.

"We have just started filming it and will last for eight months, "he says.

Stellan never goes on auditions for movie roles. He is often contacted by agents who wonder if he is interested in a particular role.

"It's easy for me to get roles in the sense that I get many offers. It is not because they are bad. It may be that I do not have time.

Stellan says that that a role should feel worthy to pursue.

"It should be important, brave and different. It's fun to be join dangerous productions that tests the boundaries and where the ice is thin. It'll either go to hell or it will be great," he says with a twinkle in his eye.

He points out that he does not regret anything he had done, not even "dirty movies", as he puts it, when he says that there are things that can be learned

"Life is full of nonsense and difficulties; otherwise it is not a rich life. It might hurt a little," he says, smiling his mischievous smile.

Stellan likes to do different kinds of movies.

"I think it's fun to do things that I have not done before. As a musical, for example, that I never thought I would do. But it was fun and different," he says.

He usually does not watch his own films, but sees them only at the premiere and sometimes during filming.

"It is better to forget and move on," he says with a laugh.

Stellan usually does not get stuck in his roles, but after shooting, he is himself again. He believes that it has to do with the fact he comes from the theater where he was used to playing several roles in one night. Yet, he believes that roles can affect him.

"When I did "Hamlet", I chose to make him moody. After the role, I never got back my low irritation threshold, but now I can get pissed quickly. It becomes a kind of scarring," he says with a laugh.

Stellan broke into stardom at the age of 17 in the TV series "Bombi Bitt" when he became something of a teen idol. Since there was only one channel, it had an incredible impact. But fame has its flaws.

"It's not fun to be famous, especially not when we are down. All eyes can corrode a person.

Stellan thinks the public image of him is not far from who he is. He stresses that he lives a normal life and that is where reality lies.

"I discovered very early on what is worth something. Even if I go first class when I fly to America, it's clear that it is comfortable. But it is not worth anything really."

Despite the success in the U.S., Stellan will not move there for good. He believes that Scandinavia is the best place on earth.

"I like the Swedish mentality. It is a non-hierarchical society in which we treat everyone as equal."

He says he has had very few dreams in his life.

"I think I've had an incredible life. Sometimes it has been difficult and painful, as it should. There is no man I envy and whose life I would rather have lived," says Stellan with a smile.


Full name: John Stellan Skarsgĺrd.

Born: June 13, 1951st

Family: Wife Megan Everett, seven children.

Lives: In the south of Stockholm.

Favorite music: All kinds of music as long as it's good.

Interests: cooking, changing diapers and everything else that a housewife does.

Hidden talent: Is a good cook. I also have a great sense of smell.

Favorite movie: "Children of Paradise" by Marcel Carné made a big impression on Stellan as a child.