20
Oct

by Sabine Metzger
October 15, 2010
Translated from German by Lotti
MSN.de

Alexander Skarsgard talks about vampires, Moomin and his Family.

Eric Northman is way the coolest vampire out of the current wave: Always calm except when the blood of his victims ruins his hairstyle.
The blond giant in the U.S. series “True Blood” (the third season airs on Nov. 4, Thursdays at 8:15 PM on SyFy) twisted the heroine Sookie Stackhouse’s head. Hard to believe that Alexander Skarsgard will be the one who plays the cool villain: The 34-year-old Swede is more like a two-meter puppy than a nasty bloodsucker. Although his voice sounds very rough after half a day full of interviews he is still willing to tell is about his role, his family and about shooting with guts (literally).

msn: You not only play the role of the ancient Viking-Vampire Eric, but you have given your voice for the movie “Moomins and the Comet chase”.
Alexander Skarsgard: (smiles) That’s right. And I am both, Eric and the Moomin.
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20
Jun

“Stoppa massakern i Gaza!”

January 9, 2009
Dror Feiler
Google translation
DN.se

Dror Feiler – musician, composer, artist – is the initiator of a petition against the situation in Gaza.  More than 1000 Swedish cultural workers have signed up behind him.

We can not silently watch the massacre, which is now underway in Gaza.

It is time the Swedish intellectuals and culturals raise their voices in protest against the massacre in Gaza and against Sweden, EU and UN hand talent and passivity.

It is a great shame and scandalous double standards that the international community accepts that Israel’s massive military assault on Gaza continues, with hundreds dead and thousands injured as a result.

Gaza is one of the most densely populated regions in the world.  For two years, Gaza has been subject to a blockade and repeated Israeli military attacks that led to a shortage of electricity, medicines and clean water and almost everything needed for daily life.  The health system in Gaza has long been close to collapse with the severe shortage of medicines, blood and rudimentary equipment.

Physicians for Human Rights – Israel and other human rights organizations have repeatedly pointed out that it is a violation of international humanitarian law to focus on civilian targets and it is now clear that several of the Israeli military’s goal has been just civilian facilities, such as health care, universities and mosques.

It is of course not acceptable to Palestinian groups firing rockets against Israeli civilian targets, but it is the Israeli occupation and settlement policy, which led to the current situation.  Rocket attacks from Palestinian groups can never justify the collective punishment of the kind that Gaza’s population is now exposed.  Israel’s military response to the shelling is disproportionate, immoral and counter-productive if the aim is increased security for the Israeli people, and for peace in the Middle East.

We appeal now to the international community to intervene to stop the ongoing massacre in Gaza and to prevent an imminent total humanitarian disaster. The international community must vigorously act for a peaceful solution to the conflict, so that a Palestinian State under the UN resolution 242.

We who sign this manifesto requires:

Stop the massacre in Gaza now!

Sweden act now!

Alexander Skarsgård, actor

(full list of signers in previous article)

19
Jun

Sveriges kulturelit skriver på upprop

January 9, 2009
Alexandra Ramnewall
Google translation
Expressen.se

Now the Swedish cultural elite raise their voices against the war in Gaza.  Peter Birro, Ulla Skoog, Unni Drougge, Alexander Skarsgård and Expressen’s Nina Lekander are some of those who signed the petition which the musician Dror Feiler started.

“We can not silently watch the massacre now taking place in Gaza.  It is time that Swedish intellectuals and cultural workers are raising their voices in protest against the massacre in Gaza and against Sweden, EU and UN hand-case unit and passivity. ”
So reads the beginning of the appeal, over 1,000 writers, directors, musicians and actors have signed, according dn.se
The promoter is the musician and the artist Dror Feiler.
- There is a tradition that serves as an intellectual conscience when those in power are not doing their duty,” he told Fria Tidningen.

They have written to the call:
Dror Feiler, musician, composer, artist
Georg Riedel, musician
Tiina Rosenberg, professor of gender studies
Peter Birro, playwright
Linus Tunström, theater, film director
Anders Widoff, artist
Anders Hillborg, composer
Andreas Ribbung, artist
Agneta Klingspor, writer, art critic
Jenny Tunedal, poet, literary critic
Frida Röhl, actors, theater, theater Tribunalen
Hans-Ola Ericsson, professor, musician
Maria Küchen, author
Sara Mannheimer, writer, artist
Kajsa Isakson, director, playwright, author
Cecilia Lindqvist, professor, author
Katarina Wikars, radio producer.
Richard Turpin, director, actor, playwright
Elisabet Haglund, head of the museum, The Museum of Sketches
Johan Scott, artist
Gunilla Sköld Feiler, artist
Nila Claesson, artist
Anders Paulin, director
Alexander Ahndoril, author
Thomas Jennefelt, composer
Jan Tiselius, actor
Suzanne Osten, director
Ann Petrén, actor
Annika Svenbro, visual artist
Ulla Skoog, actor
Anna-Karin Palm, writer
Anders Lerner, dramaturge, director
Pär Thörn, author
Mats Gustafsson, musician
Gunilla Bandolin, Art professor, artist
Henrik Rylander, artist, musician
Nina Lekander, journalist, writer
Kajsa Grytt, musician
Channa Banker, artist
Bo Cavefors, publisher
Ragnar Strömberg, poet
Aase Berg, author
Celia Prado, curator
George Kentros, musician
Åsa Kalmér, director
Per Wirtén, journalist, writer
Simon Norrthon, actor
Magnus Florin, author
Björn Kumm, journalist
Maria Ruta, artist
Leif Nylén, cultural journalist, musician
Louise Waldén, historian
Peter Mosskin, author
Klara Kristalova, artist
Lars Demian, singer
Eva Runefelt, poet
Regina Lund, actor
Maria Lantz, senior lecturer
Rebecka Tarschys, journalist
Mats Persson, pianist, composer
Gittan Jönsson, artist
Carin Ellberg, artist
Johan Widén, professor
Aminah Al Fakir Bergman, actress, singer
Leonard Forslund, artist
Jonas Bolin, composer
Christina Olofson, film director
Pi Eriksson, artist
Carl Unander-Scharin, composer
Ulf Ericsson, author
Åsa Linderborg, journalist and author
Mian Lodalen, journalist
Gunilla Ambjörnsson, author
Maria Sveland, journalist and author
Stefan Jarl, filmmaker
Thomas Millroth, museechefm
Pernilla Ahlsén, author, journalist
Nina Weibull, journalist
Anders Jormin, musician
Dan Jönsson, critic, cultural journalist
Mikael Pauli, artist
Ulf Rahmberg, visual artist
Carina Rydberg, author
Madeleine Grive, editor
Melika Melani, director, actress
Bo Andér, cultural administrator
Maria Miesenberger, artist
Lars Tunbjörk, photographer
Sonja Schwarzenberger, chief editor Bang
Unni Drougge, author
Johan Lönnroth, former member of parliament (v), Associate Professor of Economics
Anna Takanen, artistic director of the Gothenburg City Theatre
Eva af Geijerstam, writer
Roger Fjellström, author
Jan Jönson, filmmaker
Kjell Espmark, author
Astrid Trotzig, author
Annika Thor, author
Karin Rehnqvist, composer
Donald Boström, photographer
Ana Valdés, writer
Åsa Maria Kraft, poet
Nina Bondeson, artist
Virpi Pahkinen, dancer, choreographer
Anna Nordenskiöld, artist
Stefan Böhm, former theater manager
Louise Hoffsten, singer
Kjell Alinge, presenter
Per Ragnar, actor
Sören Brunes, set designer
Carl Henrik Svenstedt, filmmaker, professor
Sara Kadefors, author
Andrzej Tichý, author
Bengt Berg, author
David Henley,  pediatrician
Henry Asher, pediatrician
Marika V Lagercrantz
Jan Ling, professor
Henric Holmberg, actor
Ulrika Knutson, journalist
Thomas Tidholm, author
Håkan Lidbo, musician
Marianne Lindberg De Geer, artist
Carl Johan De Geer, artist
Johan Söderberg, musician
Claes Borgström, lawyer and spokesperson for the (s) of the Equal Opportunities
Tarik Saleh, filmmaker
Alexander Skarsgård, actor
Lars Mikael Raattamaa, author

19
Jun

April 1, 2009
Susan Nylén
Google translation
Aftonbladet.se

“Alex is very humble and he did a fantastic job in the series. His dad adores me and has invited me over to Sweden. Those two can really drink and offered snus. It burned a hell hole in my gums so I spat it out.”

Alex is very humble and he did a fantastic job in the series. His dad adores me and has invited me over to Sweden. Those two can really drink and offered snuff. It burned the hell hole in the gum at me so I spat it out.
29
May

Best of 2008: Alexander Skarsgard
December 1, 2008
Men’s Journal

Best portrayal of a real life hero: Alexander Skarsgard as Brad Colbert on Generation Kill

David Simon, the writer-producer behind The Wire, explains how a 6-foot-5 Swede brought his Iraq war miniseries, Generation Kill, alive.

Honestly, I wasn’t sure that Alexander Skarsgard was the right man to play Brad Colbert in Generation Kill. I saw some of what director Susanna White saw in the early reads: a wry smile, a stoicism, a warrior rage carefully contained and muted. But I was worried about the Swedish accent, which was, at that point, too thick and certain to be looped. And Alex was too tall. The real Colbert was average size, skinny even. He led by character and example, not with physical presence.

But then Skarsgard went to work. Read by read he discovered the Recon marine sergeant we required. He shaved the accent. He buried more and more emotion. He embraced all of that brutal military nomenclature, one phrase at a time. In short, Susanna was dead right.

A year later the real Brad Colbert rode his motorcycle up from Pendleton to the Warner lot to see what Hollywood had done with his life. He watched as our make-believe Colbert berated our make-believe Ray Person as they invaded our make-believe Iraq. Colbert barely smiled.

“Not bad being played by a blond 6-foot-5 Swede,” I offered.

“I’ll live with it,” Colbert said, dry as dirt — a line read that Alex would have nailed.

This article originally appeared in the December 2008 issue of Men’s Journal.

13
May

Moomins hang in there — in 3D
Beloved local characters get a digital makeover
May 12, 2010
By GUNNAR REHLIN
Variety

With an all-star Scandi voice cast and enhanced by stereoscopic 3D digital animation, the Moomin family is ready to continue its conquest of the world via the bigscreen.

Created by Finnish author Tove Jansson in 1945, the Moomins are trolls who look like hippos. Through seven novels, a string of comic books and various TV series, the Moomins have become well known worldwide. They even have their own amusement park near Finland’s coastal city of Abo.

Cannes will host the world preem of feature “Moomins and the Comet Chase,” helmed by Maria Lindberg and produced by Tom Carpelan for Filmkompaniet.

The voice cast is headed by Swedes Stellan and Alexander Skarsgard, Peter Stormare and Max von Sydow. Icelandic rock star Bjork wrote and performs the title song. Carpelan hopes to bring as many as possible of the participating celebs to Cannes for the premiere party.

Carpelan says the film has nothing in common with the Japanese TV series of the 1990s.

“Our film is based on the animated Polish TV series of the 70′s that Tove Jansson herself was involved with,” he adds. “We have all the rights to this material, and we remade it all and remastered it in 3D. We decided on 3D several years ago and had no idea there would be a 3D boom. I could hug James Cameron.”

The old TV series had no dialogue, just a narrator. New dialogue was written for the feature, and Carpelan opted for high-profile Scandi voices for the English version. Stellan Skarsgard voices Moominpapa while his son Alexander plays Moomintroll, Stormare voices Snufkin and von Sydow is the narrator.

With the Moomins already familiar to kids around the world — the books have been translated into over 40 languages — there’s no shortage of merchandising tie-ins. However, “the owners are very keen on keeping their integrity,” Carpelan says. “We were given a free hand, but knew that with this came a lot of responsibility.”

The film will be sold in Cannes by NonStop. Scandinavia is already in the bag with Nordisk handling distribution in Finland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark.

29
Apr

April 29, 2010
Michelle Kung
The Wall Street Journal

Tarik Saleh with Juliette Lewis and Alexander Skarsgard (c)Getty

Though Swedish director Tarik Saleh is from the same neighborhood in Stockholm as his “Metropia” voice star Alexander Skarsgard, the two never connected until meeting at a Christmas event in Los Angeles years ago. The two quickly became friends, and Skarsgard because the first actor to sign on for “Metropia,” Saleh’s animated film about a dystopian 2024 society were an office drone (voiced by Vincent Gallo) starts hearing the voice of Skarsgard’s character Stephan in his head. Read the rest of this entry »

28
Apr

April 26, 2010
Paul Chi
People.com

Alexander Skarsgard has a simple rule when it comes to dates: Focus on the girl, not the activity.

“I try not to plan it out,” the True Blood star, 33, told PEOPLE on Saturday at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of his new movie Metropia in New York. “It has a tendency to get a little stiff and contrived if you work on it too hard. So, I try to be spontaneous.”

But surely a girl will appreciate going to a big event like, say, the Coachella music festival?

“It’s not about what you do, but who you do it with – that’s most important,” says Skarsgard, who has been linked with his Straw Dogs costarKate Bosworth. “If you are with someone who is awesome and having a good time, you can sit at a bus station and still have fun.”

Not only is Skarsgard spontaneous, he’s also comfortable in his own skin – a good thing, considering the amount of nudity onTrue Blood. The actor says he doesn’t remind removing his clothes, despite being teased about it occasionally by his five brothers and one sister.

“I’m not a prude at all,” he says. “I shot a very, very graphic scene two days ago with a man. I am from Sweden, and it’s different there. If it makes sense, I’ll just do it. And to me, so far, it’s made sense every single time I’ve got naked or made out on the show.”

One of Skarsgard’s favorite activities when he’s not on the set? Following the Hammarby soccer team from Stockholm, Sweden, where he grew up. “They are not very good but that’s my passion,” he says. “I try to go home a couple of times and go see them play … It’s a big thing for me.”

27
Apr

November 13, 2009
Erik Helmerson
Göteborgs-Posten

Translated from Swedish:

Before the third season the popularity of the vampire series “True Blood” has gone through the roof. And Alexander Skarsgård has become a Hollywood name that counts. “The team has become my surrogate family,” he tells TT Spektra. Read the rest of this entry »

27
Apr

October 25, 2009
Paul Chi
People.com

When it comes to finding love, True Blood’s vampire hunk Alexander Skarsgard is looking for a woman with brains – not fangs! – who likes to laugh.

“A sense of humor is number one for sure,” Skarsgard told PEOPLE at the Gucci Icon-Temporary Flash Sneaker store opening in New York City. “Being funny and smart is very important.” Read the rest of this entry »