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.


Screenshot from Uinterview video.

‘True Blood’s’ Hunky Alex Skarsgard

December 1, 2008

Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith

TV Insider

Alexander Skarsgard knew he might be on to something special when he joined the team on Alan Ball’s HBO vampire series, “True Blood.” But, he didn’t know just how successful the show had become until recently.

“I was in Europe for a month-and-a-half and it hadn’t started airing when I left. When I came back, the buzz was amazing. People were coming up to me on the street. It’s been kind of overwhelming,” admits the handsome, 6-foot-5, 32-year-old actor from Stockholm, Sweden. Read the rest of this entry »


True Blood premiere, September 4, 2008.

Alexander Skarsgård in “True Blood”

September 25, 2008

Christina Radish


Currently making a name for himself in Hollywood, 32-year-old Alexander Skarsgard went straight from a leading role in the HBO war mini-series Generation Kill to a regular role in the cable network’s latest hit drama series True Blood, in which he plays the mysterious vampire Eric. Mostly unknown to American audiences, Skarsgard, who quit acting for eight years before renewing his love for the craft, was five times voted the sexiest man in Sweden, and is one of their most beloved stage and screen actors.

Skarsgard recently spoke to MediaBlvd Magazine about working with Academy Award-winner Anna Paquin and playing such a fun character. Read the rest of this entry »


Cafe magazine Alexander Skarsgård

June 17, 2008

Markus Wilhelmson


Translation by Nordanswede

Alexander Skarsgård tells Cafés Markus Wilhelmson about the want for revenge, money, detention (for drunkenness), parents separating and next prestigious series – Six Feet Under-creator Alan Balls True Blood.
It`s pure hell to find hand of pork with mashed roots at restaurants in Los Angeles so Alexander Skarsgård has therefor Alexander Skarsgård has been circling in his environmentally bad city jeep (for sale) around restaurant Pelikan on Söder in Stockholm for almost 40 minutes. Read the rest of this entry »