But Alexander Skarsgård, shy? Hardly. True Blood’s breakout opens up to Mickey Rapkin about life, love, and letting it all hang out (it runs in the family, apparently).
In the past year, Alexander Skarsgård has been linked to a racy film adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey, a Tarzan reboot, and the actress Charlize Theron. All appear to be rumors, but when you’re a 6’4″ Swede famous for playing the 1,000-year-old, slightly demented yet nurturing vampire Eric Northman on HBO’s hit series True Blood, people expect you to run around in a loincloth and have a sex dungeon. But Skarsgård, son of Mamma Mia!’s Stellan Skarsgård, has a simpler story: After a brush with fame as a child actor, he ran the other way, enlisting in Sweden’s Marine Corps and working in intelligence. Still, a leopard can’t change its spots—or whatever the equivalent Swedish expression is—and Skarsgård eventually invaded Hollywood, stealing scene after scene from under his costars’ fangs. (He became an attention magnet offscreen, too, thanks to his two-year romance with Kate Bosworth.) This month, Skarsgård, 36, reminds us he’s more than eye candy, with Disconnect, a serious—and seriously good—drama about the ways in which technology can make us feel even lonelier.
ELLE: Who was your childhood crush? Alexander Skarsgård: I saw Tootsie with Jessica Lange when I was eight or nine. I remember feeling something in my stomach. [Laughs] I didn’t know what it was, but I wanted to watch that movie over and over again.
The 56th San Francisco International Film Festival — which will run April 25 to May 9, 2013 — has made its first programming announcements.
Bay Area natives Scott McGehee and David Siegel’s “What Maisie Knew” will be the fest’s opening film, Jacob Kornbluth’s “Inequality For All” will serve as the centerpiece and Richard Linklater’s critically lauded second sequel to “Before Sunrise,” “Before Midnight,” is the closing night film.
San Francisco, CA — The 56th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 25 – May 9) has announced the films forming its highly-anticipated Big Nights series. Things kick off with the Opening Night presentation of returning Bay Area duo Scott McGehee and David Siegel’s emotional drama What Maisie Knew (USA 2012) starring Julianne Moore, Steve Coogan and Alexander Skarsgård. The celebration continues on May 4 with the Centerpiece screening of Jacob Kornbluth’s insightful Inequality For All (USA 2013), featuring local economist Robert Reich. The festival then comes to a close with Richard Linklater’s (Bernie, SFIFF 2012) Before Midnight (USA 2013), the third film in the director’s acclaimed romantic trilogy starring Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke. Special guests are expected and will participate in post-screening Q&A’s at each event, and all will be followed by exclusive parties.
Opening Night: What Maisie Knew Thursday April 25, 7:00 pm, Castro Theatre
Codirectors Scott McGehee and David Siegel and actor Onata Aprile expected
In a loose adaptation of Henry James’ novel of the same name, Scott McGehee and David Siegel’s What Maisie Knew focuses on the effects of a marriage unraveling as viewed through the eyes of a couple’s six-year-old daughter (played by remarkable newcomer Onata Aprile). Shuffling between narcissistic parents-her rock star mother (Julianne Moore) and distracted art dealer father (Steve Coogan)-or foisted off on parental stand-ins (Alexander Skarsgård and Joanna Vanderham), young Maisie comes face to face with the mercurial world of grown-ups who are anything but.
The Opening Night celebration continues at the Temple Nightclub (540 Harrison Street) at 9:00 pm with a lavish party featuring hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants, sophisticated cocktails and, of course, dancing.
Ah, the internet/hacker/computer movie. “The Net,” “Hackers,” “Firewall,” “Swimfan,” “FearDotCom”…for every “The Social Network” there are about five of those kinds of movies that leadenly and obviously point out the perils of going online. And thus, “Disconnect.”
Boasting a helluva ensemble — Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Frank Grillo, Michael Nyqvist, Paula Patton, Andrea Riseborough, Alexander Skarsgård and Max Thieriot — with the Oscar-nominated director of “Murderball,” Henry Alex Rubin, directing, you would think this might have something new to say about life in the modern, connected world. But alas, your credit card info will be stolen, you’ll be bullied, and sexual encounters will go awry. So let’s get a shotgun. Sigh.
We saw the movie last year at the Venice Film Festival where we called it ” ‘Crash’ for the web era” and “a film that feels both old-fashioned and like old news, revealing nothing new that wasn’t already suggested by some half-assed op-ed half a decade ago.” So yeah, keep those expectations in check.
“Disconnect” will hack into theaters on April 12th.
Kramer vs. Kramer continues to stand as one of the most memorable, heart-wrenching dramas about divorce and the battle for child custody. But way before the Dustin Hoffman/Meryl Streep-starrer, there was What Maisie Knew, a 1897 book by Henry James about a child shuffled back and forth between her two divorced parents every six months. That turn-of-the-century novel has now been updated for a modern retelling on the big screen, in a film starring Julianne Moore and Alexander Skarsgård.
EW has the exclusive poster for the movie that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year. On the new one-sheet, Moore and Skarsgård peek in from the edges, while young actress Onata Aprile (Maisie) is front and center, boring her big eyes “Mona Lisa”-style into anyone who catches a glance of this striking poster — check it out below.
In What Maisie Knew, aging rock star Susanna (Moore) and art dealer Beale (Steve Coogan) are the negligent, self-involved divorced parents of young Maisie. Alexander Skarsgård plays the much younger bartender Susanna marries after Beale marries Maisie’s nanny (Scottish actress Joanna Vanderham). Maisie’s two new stepparents come to care for her more than her childish parents do.
What Maisie Knew is directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel (The Deep End, Uncertainty) and will be released by Millennium Entertainment this May.
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Here’s an interview Alex did for SFX from early October, where he talks a little bit about True Blood’s season 5.
Everybody loves Eric in True Blood which is why Sarah May tracked down the actor who plays him, Alexander Skarsgård, to talk about season five
This is the season of the Eric-Bill bromance. How does Eric feel about that?
“It’s weird. Eric doesn’t care about many people or vampires. He has a handful – Godric, Pam, Nora his sister, and Sookie – that he’s very loyal to, but not many, so it’s a discovery for Eric that he cares about Bill. He never hated Bill, he just thought: ‘Pah! Naïve young little vampire who believes in humanity still…’ So it’s weird for him when he’s suddenly protecting and saving Bill. He’ll say, ‘I’m not leaving without you.’ The discovery of, ‘I actually like this guy,’ it’s definitely a new feeling for Eric.”
It’s no secret that Eric Northman, played by Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgård, is our favorite bloodsucking nightwalker on HBO’s addictive series, True Blood. Besides his piercing blue eyes, Viking-esque bone structure, and abs that could cut glass, Eric has more game than Magic Mike. Lucky for us mortals who need help in the flirting department, Skarsgård and Calvin Klein have teamed up to give us a fragrance we can fully stand behind: ENCOUNTER Calvin Klein. The campaign for the new cologne stars Skarsgård in a series of ads that are just as sensual as the scent itself. With brilliant creative director Fabien Baron and leading lady/supermodel Lara Stone thrown into the mix, this may be the biggest men’s campaign for Calvin since Marky Mark dropped his drawers.
We sat down with Skarsgård at the Greenwich Hotel in NYC to find out if his alter ego Eric would wear the seductive scent, what his Euro-pop guilty pleasure is, and all the shows he’s addicted to this season. Ladies, you’ll be surprised to find out the sexiest thing about the actor is his choice in television programming…Now, who’s ready for a one-on-one encounter with A-Skars?
You don’t strike us as a big grooming guy. Why did you decide to be part of the ENCOUNTER Calvin Klein Campaign?
“It was a combination of a couple of things. This is my first campaign. There has been a couple of opportunities before, where it just hasn’t felt right. With Calvin just being such a great house, I was honored. They’ve never worked with an actor before on a fragrance, so I was very flattered that they asked me. Creatively, it was a team I have worked with before, including Fabien Baron, who is, in my opinion, one of the greatest [art directors] of the past couple of decades — he’s done all the CK campaigns for 20-25 years. Obviously he’s got Interview magazine and I did something with them two years ago. Steven Klein shot that. I don’t know if you’ve seen it but it’s kind of dark, it’s out there. I’m on a bed with a leather glove and a baseball bat. It’s pretty wild, pretty crazy. We had a really fun weekend together shooting that. They’re so cool those guys, both creative and fun.
Alexander Skarsgard doesn’t know where the rumors about him playing Christian Grey started, but he’s not doing anything to squash them.
The Swedish actor, best known as a vampire on HBO’s True Blood vampire, is among the Hollywood hunks suggested to star in the film adaptation of “50 Shades of Grey,” the first of three S&M-themed books that women flocked to read on Kindles this summer.
Fueling the buzz is a new short film Skarsgard did as the face of Calvin Klein’s new fragrance for men, Encounter. The two-minute video was shot in a dark, film-noir-type style. It opens with Skarsgard driving through a rain storm to a house on a cliff. As waves crash below, he makes his way to the all-glass top floor, where longtime CK model Lara Stone awaits. The clip cuts just as they are about to kiss. “Alexander Skargard (sic) should totally play Christian Grey!!!” reads the top comment on the video’s YouTube post, with 34 “likes.”
Skarsgard did press interviews for the new fragrance in a two-story loft at swanky the Greenwich Hotel. Clad in all black, the tall actor lounged on a white sofa and, knowingly or not, played the part of the dominating-but-charming-yet-removed fictional Christian Grey. (When this reporter went to smell the fragrance from the bottle on the table in front of him, he thrust his wrist up as an alternative.)
The blonde-haired, blue-eyed actor shared his fragrance-wearing philosophy, mused about his True Blood alter ego and played coy about “50 Shades.”
Why did you want to be a part of the fragrance?
It’s my first kind of campaign. This felt like the right one because of a combination of things. First of all, Calvin is a great house. I was very flattered. Creatively, it felt interesting. I worked with [French art director and director of the short film] Fabien Baron, who is arguably one of the greatest art directors of our time and he’s behind all of their legendary campaigns. I’ve also worked with Lara Stone. Peter Lindbergh shot us two years ago together for Vogue and she is so great—so great—so much fun to work with and laid back and no ego, just very cool girl.
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