Telen.no (Norwegian newspaper) - May 15, 2009
Tell us about your role in ANGELS &
SS: I play the head of the Swiss Guard, which is very
interesting. It continues ever since over the Middle Ages, when the
guards were recruited among Catholic believers. I tried to understand
how it works, tried to understand its
Last fall your religious views were
quoted in a Stockholm newspaper.
SS: Yes, I believe Nissen and God are equally credible. Sweden is
very secular. If there is any country in the world where you can say
you're an atheist without being stoned, it is there. It is very satisfying and
suggests a high cultural development. It is not difficult to play a
believer as a non-believer than it is to play a Nazi.
[Note: Nissen are part of Scandinavian
folklore and are described as small humanlike creatures, not exactly an
elf or dwarf. The farm nisse dwelt mostly in barns, caring for both
people and animals. It was important to be on good terms with one, lest
strange incidents could occur on the farm]
The last time Stellan played
a Nazi sympathizer on film was in "Torte Bluma" (2005). He has
characteristically mixed domestic with international roles with "Mamma
Mia!" and "Arn" among the highlights. When it comes to what's happening in
front of the camera, the actor says there is no big difference.
If it is
a good bunch, it works equally well on a big production. "Pirates of the
example, felt like a small European film.
One difference is
that Stellan uses an accent coach looking to sharpen his lines.
means that I work much more with the text. I always work for a couple of
months with a coach but rarely uses a coach on the set. Then it is too
Stellan recently worked once more
with Hans Peter Moland in "Regnskap" in Norway.
Hans Peter is an amazing director. We
trigger each other and work together well. I have long said that I have done three of my best films
in Norway - "Zero Kelvin", "Aberdeen" and "Insomnia".
What happened to your
I do not think I have the patience. An organized
project takes time. "Goya's Ghosts" took eight years. It's fun to be an
actor since you can do three to four projects a year.
You're not winding down as you approach 58?
SS: No, I feel quite a spike. I wake up at 4 or 5
am in the morning and work all day, so I keep myself pretty good. And
I'm not wasting away energy on training.
Some of "Angels & Demons" was
filmed in Los Angeles.
LA is not my kind of town. It is the "City of Fear", you know, where the
career is everything and everyone is afraid of everything.
You seemed to
thrive when you did "Entourage".
SS: Ha-ha. It was fun. It was a pure stroke
of luck. I had a three-week break in LA. That was very grateful
material, and a cool bunch. You noticed almost no difference on whether
or not the camera rolled.
How do you feel about your sons
taking after you?
SS: It's great,
although I have not encouraged them to be actors. They are making
their own life. I'm glad. They are really good. It is luck.