|Questions from his Fans
SARA: I am a student in
Toronto. I just wanted to commend you on the wonderful work you consistently deliver.
Particularly impressive is in "Breaking The Waves", how you make Jan's
eyes look at Bess so adoringly and with a smile. You are truly a unique talent. Thank you
for lighting up the screen.
Thanks Sara, Emily Watson is very easy to look adoringly
at... and with a smile..
SANNE: When you did
"Breaking the Waves", what was your favorite thing to do?
Except for the pleasure of the work and the joy of playing
with my friends on the set; definitively taking off the sideburns at the end of the
BRENDA: I just happened to
see your movie "Passion of Mind" with Demi Moore & was so impressed
with your acting abilities!!! Your timing along with your sensuality was superb!... I have
lots of friends in the industry & am blessed with doing their clothing.......and I
promise you that I will tell everyone about your talent... Good luck & please let me
know what you're working on.......
Thank you dear Brenda. Last year I did three films, an
English comedy: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, a thriller for Sony: "The Glass House" and
a drama with Harvey Keitel: "Taking Sides", directed by Istvan Szabo. Next I'm
taking off for Cambodia to do a film with Matt Dillon, James Caan, Natasha McElhone and
Gerard Depardieu; "Beneath The Banyan Trees."
FUSAYOSHI: In Japan, nobody
knows right pronunciation about your name, so teach poor Japanese...
OK Fusayoshi, try STELLA like in Italian for star and
add ¨N¨ Then SKARS like in the scars life add to your soul and GARD like in guard your
BENJAMIN: I am a huge
fan of yours. I am trying to master your dialect so I can impress my friends with my
Stellan Skarsgard impression. It's coming along. What I wanted to ask you is; are you
really reading this?? Please respond ONLY if you are, in fact, Stellan himself.
Yes, I'm really reading this, not on a daily basis but sooner
or later. Good luck with your Stellan impersonation... just don't do it too well.
I'm not sure the world needs too many of me.
SHEILA: I had never
heard of you until I saw "Breaking the Waves". I was so taken by it... Did you
have advance training? I am going to watch everything you are in from now on as I know you
are an excellent actor.
Thank you. No I didn't have any advance training. I left it
to my imagination.
GEORGES: I´m an actor too
and when I saw "Time Code", your work with this particular character touched my
soul. This character is so deep to show as you do, and now I´m a big fan of yours... I
really want to know what process you did, how you became 'Alex Green'. What is your work
process with some new character? Did you read Stanislavsky? Brecht? You are magnificent!
"Time Code" was incredibly fun to do. We had
no script, just a sort of time plan, you knew where you had to be and when, and that you
for instance had eight minutes to fight with your wife and then ten to make love to your
mistress.. All the dialogue was improvised but of course you had some lines figured out
just in case you couldn't come up with anything. When it comes to process I really don't
know. Yes, I've read Brecht and Stanislavsky but I don't think I have any conscious method
in my acting and I don't prepare a lot, except reading the script over and over and trying
to see the function of the part in the story. Most of it happens with the other actors in
front of the camera, that's where your role hopefully comes to life.
WERNER: Do you, as an actor,
feel that the Hollywood technique of making films, is as rewarding as working in your
homeland of Sweden? I would also like to take this time to thank you immensely for your
inspiring performances! You are the most realistic performer I have ever seen.
Thank you very much Werner, In European, or American
independent films you usually find the most daring material and the most complicated and
challenging roles. The big Hollywood Studio productions are less surprising and more built
on a formula they think will guarantee successful recuperation of their huge investments.
Can still be fun to do now and then though...
ISABELLE: I just saw
"Breaking the Waves" on ARTE.tv, and I must say it overwhelmed me. Is that true
that sometimes, Lars von Trier hypnotizes actors?... I love this kind of film which give
us energy, creativity.
Belle Isabelle, Thank you. No he doesn't hypnotize the
actors and I don't think he would dare to suggest it to me at least. If he ever tried it I
GUZMAN: I guess I would like
you to know that I saw "Good Evening Mr. Wallenberg", and God knows it ruined my
life for weeks. I felt and still feel miserable whenever I think about him.... You really
made me connect with the character. I can't begin to imagine all that he was as a person,
but am trying because what he was and what he tried to do and did should be remembered and
if I fail at everything else, the least I will do is remember... It is definitely not a
perfect world, but we shouldn't let that stop us from trying to make it so.
Thanks Guzman. No, it's not perfect and will never be, but
your right, lets work to make it a little less bad..
GIOCONNDHA: For me is a
great pleasure to write you. I'm a girl from Costa Rica. I love so much your work and I
love you. I have three questions for you, What is a whole Life for you? What do you think
about a Kiss? Do you think you can send me just one?!!!
Your questions are probably the most difficult for me to
1: I don't know but I feel it when it's there.
2: There are all kinds, but the good ones... !!!!
JENNIFER: I think you are a
great actor and would love to know whether you are a stage actor as well or strictly film.
In addition, are you shooting any films in the US in the near future? I live in New York
and would love to come to your set one day. Take care and keep up the good work!!
My next project will be in Cambodia and I will not be
back in the US until late April to do some promotion on a film I did in LA last summer and
maybe try to catch the opening of "Aberdeen". I never shot in NY but would love
to. I'll keep my eyes peeled for a NY flick.
CAROLINE: I'm from Quebec
city, and excuse me I'll just say the name of the film in French.."L'amour est un
pouvoir sacré" of Lars Von Trier and Emily Watson. You're beautiful in this film
..in reality I don't know :) but I imagine you're sexy in your soul and body... Where do
Thank you, merci... I still live in Stockholm in Sweden... a
very civilized place..
JAMES: Your performance in
"Insomnia" was unsettling, riveting, and intense... How does your
preparation differ from film to film. What has been your initial training as an actor? And
what are your favorite films you've made? Directors? Do you like working with American
actors? Which ones do you admire? I know this is more than just one question, bare with
me. I'm a little insane...thanks for the work thus far.
My training as an actor was just working as one from my early
teens. I also spent sixteen years in the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm performing
every day, wrestling with all the big guys, from Strindberg to Shakespeare, from Chekov to
Ibsen and doing lots of more modern plays as well. I think I could make a list of about
ten of my films that means more to me than the rest maybe and the same goes for the
directors I've worked with but I will not mention them, not to hurt the ones left out.
American actors... if they are good, generous and truthful I don't care about their
nationality. How do you know you're insane?
ANITA: Have been a big fan
since I saw you in "Breaking the Waves". Wonderful, wonderful!! Is
"The Simple-Minded Murderer" ever going to be available in the US? A lot of your
earlier Scandinavian work is available here ("Wallenberg",
"Slingshot", "Women on the Roof"). Also, you should have been
Oscar-nominated along with Robin Williams for GWH. Just wonderful. I noticed your
"math is like a symphony" ad-lib scene (flirting with girl before scene with
George Plimpton) was a line you had in the movie "Wind". I had to laugh recently
when I heard that Harrison Ford is thinking of doing an American remake of
"Insomnia". How ridiculous!! Ford is an adequate actor, but he does not have
your range. Aside from that, Hollywood does not understand that the "white
nights" (whatever you call that) of Norway were a major part of the story, thus
making it impossible to transfer the story to the US. Anyway, you have many fans in NYC.
Come do some theater here.
Thank you. You've really seen a lot. I'm flattered. After
reading your mail I contacted the producer of "The Simple Minded Murderer" and
asked them to try to get it out there again. It's really a nice film. Would love to do
some theater in NY.. don't know if I have the courage though...
PAT: All your filmographies
begin with "Bombi Bitt"1968, TV. Would you tell how you auditioned for the role?
What sort of story was it? Did you act in plays during what we'd call high school (age
about 14-18)? How did your family react to this professional breakthrough? And if you had
not become an actor, what career did you expect to follow? Thank you for accepting
"Bombi Bitt" is a sort of Swedish Huckleberry Finn
that I got through auditioning after answering an ad. I did also a lot of stage work from
very early age, and professionally from the age of 14. My family were very cool and made
sure I stayed sane even when I got all the attention of a pop star. I originally wanted to
become a Diplomat, don't ask me why, but I just kept on working as an actor, never really
decided to become one. I guess I wont have to decide what to become until I grow up.
CHARLI: In your films you
often portray characters from countries other than Sweden. Do you vary your accent for
these characters, or are you pulling a Sean Connery? :-)
Yes, I often pull a Sean... but sometimes I push my
accent a bit in different directions, just to enjoy myself a little.