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The star of True Blood and Lars Von Trier’s upcoming Melancholia talks with the filmmaker about the Swedish conquest of Hollywood, national differences in etiquette, and why Swedes get so much sex.

What is it about Sweden that is making this far-flung country of less than 10 million people so culturally relevant right now? From Robyn and the Knife to the The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Sweden has leaped ahead of its European neighbors and infiltrated America’s mammoth entertainment machine. We invited Alexander Skarsgård, best known for his role in HBO’s lusty drama True Blood, to sit down with director Jonas Åkerlund — whose seminal videos have included Madonna’s “Ray of Light,” Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful,” and Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi,” (which starred a then–largely unknown Skarsgård as Gaga’s paramour) — to help answer the question.

Out: As Swedes abroad, both working in the entertainment industry, you must feel like the go-to spokespeople for Sweden.

Alexander Skarsgård: I love my country. I always love talking about it, especially as an expat. When you live there you bitch about everything, but when you move away, all you remember is how amazing and wonderful it is. You remember all the sunny days and forget the rainy days.

Jonas Åkerlund: It was very rare to hear about Sweden, period, when I moved to Los Angeles in 1996. You were still mixed up with Switzerland. Now there’s Swedish music everywhere, actors and directors, everything, everywhere. And it didn’t used to be like that. You were very happy and proud when you heard Ace of Base on the radio.

Skarsgård: Not to mention all the songwriters and producers, as well as the musicians. Every other song on Billboard seems to be produced or written by a Swede.

Åkerlund: The one profession that was left behind was filmmaking, which is now catching up a little. Music and fashion has been out there for a while, but lately I’ve also begun to notice Swedish co-producers and directors working abroad.

Skarsgård: The reason I went to L.A. a few years ago was because the young interesting filmmakers didn’t get a chance to tell their stories or do their movies because the older generation, who were pretty mediocre filmmakers, were the only ones making movies in Sweden. That’s changed so much now. I’m excited about going back to Sweden to work with young, cool Swedish filmmakers. It’s really a vibrant industry. And now, for the first time, there are a lot of Swedes working on Hollywood projects, often on super low-budget films.

Åkerlund: But it becomes a trend — everyone wants a Swede now. Getting that opportunity is one thing, but living up to it or holding onto it is another thing.

Skarsgård: Exactly, we’re like the flavor of the month. Next month it will be Finland.

Åkerlund: Oh, never say that. Never Finland. It’s interesting, though, Alex. I met you at the Chateau Marmont. We looked around and there were, like, 10 Swedes around us, and not one Finn, no Danes. Wherever you go there are Swedes. But I rarely meet other Scandinavians.

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  • One of the most unlikely relationships to emerge from “True Blood”‘s witch-rich fourth season was that deliciously uneasy alliance between avowed, Sookie-loving rivals Bill and Eric (expertly played by Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgård). And if last season’s Russell Edgington cliffhanger is any indication, the pair will once again have to join forces to bring down a shared foe. Man, waiting does suck!

    Thankfully, when we sat down with Alexander recently to chat about his upcoming movie “Melancholia,” he was happy to devote a few moments to theorizing about what’s in store for our favorite Bon Temps residents. And, more specifically, whether we can expect more bromantical moments between Bill and Eric.

    “Yes, I think so,” Alex said with a chuckle. “That’s been fun. Stephen is awesome. I love working with him. It’s an interesting dynamic between those two guys, those two characters. I could see that. I don’t know. I haven’t read—they’re breaking season five now, so I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I’m sure there’s going to be some nice Bill and Eric moments.”

    We’ll take it, Alex! And begin dreaming up plotlines in which Eric and Bill storm into the MTV Newsroom to save us from a pack of marauding were-rats who’ve been hiding in the New York subway system. Because, you know, “True Blood” could do with a field trip to Manhattan. Right?

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  • 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!

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