NEW YORK — Kate Bosworth, Alexander Skarsgård and James Marsden have teamed up for a new millennium re-imagining of the classic 1971 Dustin Hoffman thriller “Straw Dogs.” The violent, dark film revolves around a young couple (Bosworth, Marsden) who move back to her Southern hometown and find themselves pretty unwanted by the locals, including Bosworth’s ex, played by “True Blood” vamp Skarsgård.
“I had not seen the original film when I was offered the role; I had read the script first,” Bosworth told MTV News at the premiere on Thursday. “I knew the original was a real cult classic. I read it and it was really intriguing, and then I watched the film, and I was pretty blown away; big shoes to fill. I thought, ‘Oh my god, this is going to be quite an intense one,’ but I love a challenge.”
Marsden was thrilled by the chance to tackle a character that was very new to him, even if it had been done before.
“That’s honestly one of the reasons I was drawn to it,” he said. “It’s a terrific role [and] in the 1971 original, my role was played by Dustin Hoffman, and I’m hoping most people will forget that. But, you know, it’s an actor’s dream role. So it was a tough thing to turn down.
“I knew of the original, but I hadn’t seen it,” he added, noting he wanted to make sure “I had my own responses to [the story] before I was ever affected by seeing the original.” He said that he didn’t want to go into shooting “aping” Hoffman.
Skarsgård also found himself with a major challenge. As the film’s bad guy, he wanted to make sure he wasn’t totally unlikable. “There was something that I felt there was a potential of exploring the relationship between the three of them, the dynamic there where I felt it could be interesting if you almost like Charlie in the beginning of the movie, and you’re not sure if you want Amy to stay with David or go to Charlie,” he said.
Charlie’s motives come from a really deep emotional place, Skarsgård added. “And, there was a sadness there that I wanted to capture,” he said. “I didn’t want to make it easy for the audience. I wanted to be more interesting than that.”
If you’re already jonesing for more Eric Northman, don’t panic.
Alexander Skarsgård is a very busy boy these days, and though he won’t be biting into any hot young thangs for a while, the Swedish stud was happy to chat about his other upcoming projects, Straw Dogs and Battleship, with Men’s Journal.
But biz aside, we were way more interested in A.Skars’ sex talk. Especially when it came to a certain costar’s private parts…
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Unfortunately, we’re not talking about Stephen Moyer—or any of his True Blood castmates.
We’re talking about the prevamp days, when Alex starred alongside James Ransone in Generation Kill. And the two got pretty comfortable with each other. If you take a listen to some of the DVD commentary, you get gems such as James spilling on Alex’s junk: “It’s huge, dude. Don’t be embarrassed.” Alex then asks, “My ass?” James responds, “No, your c–k.”
Uh, come again, boys?
“We have the highest respect for each other’s penises,” Alex told Men’s Journal about the convo. “We were in the desert for a looong time.”
We’d love to hear the whole story, Alex (and if this have anything to do with Kate Bosworth’s recent departure?).
Tho we’re thinking he’s going to play coy, as he did with all other subjects of sex in the mag. When they asked him about losing his virginity, the dude joked, “That was 2008, I think. Best eight seconds of my life.”
And when they asked him about being named Sweden’s Sexiest Man five times running, Skars laughed, “Every single day, I wake up and look in the mirror and think, Five times, mother–ker. Five times.”
That said, he’s happy to talk about his boob-tube alter ego’s adventures between the sheets.
“I think he’s just tried everything there is to try,” Alex dishes on Eric’s dude-on-dude action. “After 1,000 years, maybe he’s just tired of the p—y for a while.”
So perhaps we’ll get some more male lovin’ next season, now that Sookie’s dumped him and all?
Here’s one thing to keep in mind: Skarsgård doesn’t want to only be known for those steamy sex scenes. “You tend to get a lot of offers that are, like, the hot guy,” Alex says. “And those parts aren’t very fun. I hope there’s something more to me than my pecs.”
There is, of course. You’ve also got your six-pack!
We’ll add better quality Scans as soon as we find them.
Come On Set And Have A Bite With Eric Northman & Vampire Pam!
Up for auction is one certificate good for an exclusive visit to the True Blood Set at The Lot in West Hollywood for you and your guest. While at The Lot, the bearer of this certificate and guest will also be invited to a private lunch with Alexander Skarsgard and Kristin Bauer.
This certificate is signed by Executive Producer Gregg Fienberg and is guaranteed to be authentic.
The auction winner will be contacted by a representative from the television show to set up dates and times for the visit. The certificate needs to be redeemed during the filming of True Blood’s fifth season which runs from November 2011 – July 2012.
Travel to West Hollywood is not provided. Shipping from Los Angeles will be free for this item.
100% of the proceeds from this auction (minus fees) will benefit The Jesse James Cartwright Fund.
Jesse was part of the True Blood transportation crew and lost his life earlier this year, leaving behind his wife and three children. True Blood Staff, Cast and Fans are uniting to raise funds for Jesse’s family.
Give your bid and good luck!
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The voting for Scream Awards was began and you can supporting Alex for the Best Horror Actor.
Stephen also is competing in the same category. So, the Eric’s team needs to help in this dispute!
You can to vote in Alex on Spike TV’s site for Scream Awards here.
True Blood is competing in the categories The Ultimate Scream, Best TV Show and Best Esemble categories. Anna Paquin’s competing in The Best Horror Actresses and Best Cameo and Joe Manganiello in the Breakout Performace Male category.
Vote as much as possible!
The first pictures of Alex and Kristin Bauer on BlackBook’s 15th Anniversary Party, in last day 07. Check!
“No one lives forever.” Fitting last words for Marnie Stonebrook, the timid Wiccan who went from reanimating her pet conure to unleashing the centuries-old wrath of a powerful witch on an unsuspecting vampire (and civilian) population. In the Inside the Episode video, writer Mark Hudis explains how the last line was arrived at. “Fiona Shaw wanted Marnie to have a memorable death,” he says. “And Alan Ball felt that she should be defiant until the end.” She may have been defiant, but was this really the end for Marnie?
Marnie’s death came just moments after Eric Northman decided to indulge an unusual snack, and viewers ate it up as well:
@itsmajo17: Omg only Eric Northman rips the heart off someone then drinks directly from it and only makes me love him more 🙂 #trueblood #souloffire
@mythicscribes: Eric gets best vampire kill of the series…along with most innovated soft drink! #TrueBlood #souloffire
@Eric_ofArea5: What – you have never used a main artery as a straw? #TrueBlood #souloffire
@xicacha: Of all the shit I’ve seen on this show, Eric sucking that heart like a goddamn slurpee made me look away.
While Rolling Stone continues to provide weekly supernatural power rankings (this week, vampires up, werewolves down) New York Magazine’s Vulture blog names Pam the winner of the week “for her observation that the ‘entire fate of the vampire species is at risk for the sake of a gash in a sundress’ sums up the entire series in one fell swoop.” Wetpaint ranks their favorite lines from season four, and you can be sure that Pam figures prominently. Did your favorite make the cut?
We got tons of responses to last week’s Fangover’s Vampire Death Squad Name Game. Here are some of your answers:
Sookie Stackhosue (and others): The V-Team
Kristin Walter (and others): The Fang Gang
Nancy Rohde: The Dark Ops
Arlene Fowler: Fang Troopers
Guylaine Régimbald (and others): The Blood Squad
Victor Williams: V-Unit
Nickie Nik Nak Franklin (and others): The Fangtastic Four
Kyle Gill: Vamp Team 6
Elka Selzer Fizz: Blood Fellas
Sophia Hughes: The Nightwalkers
Jon Hancock: Tip of the Fang
Chad M. Moss (and others): Reservoir Vamps
Charla Ann Carman Cox: The Good, The Bad & The Thirsty
Stacy M Roggelin: Nosferatu Hexe-Jeger
Tom Green: Team Suck It
MissKittysPlayhouse: Take Your Daughter to Work Battalion
Angela Edmondson: Bazooka Bill and the Blood Letters
Katrina Hanway: Bloodlust Brigade