Alexander Skarsgard Gets Animated
May 12, 2010
Aaron Hillis

05122010_AlexanderSkarsgardMetropia.jpg “True Blood” star Alexander Skarsgård has gained American heartthrob status as the show’s thousand-year-old Viking vampire Alex, but even if the role is clearly make-believe, the Nordic charm is all his. Son of famed actor Stellan Skarsgård, the Stockholm-born thespian has a long and storied career in his homeland, from becoming a child actor to being named the sexiest man in Sweden circa 1999. Not to be confused with his upcoming part in Lars von Trier’s highly anticipated sci-fi flick “Melancholia,” Skarsgård the younger’s latest project is director Tarik Saleh’s highly stylized, animated sci-fi flick “Metropia.”

Set in a dystopian world of the not-far-off future where the world’s resources are running out and the metro system connects all of Europe, “Metropia” concerns a newly paranoid Swedish everyman Roger (voiced by Vincent Gallo) as he begins to hear a voice in his head that isn’t his own. In fact, it’s Stefan’s (enter Skarsgård), a company man who begins to have second thoughts about his government gig monitoring citizens and their inner thoughts. While on the set of “True Blood,” now shooting its third season, Skarsgård called me to talk Glögg parties, filthy cartoons, and his real-life stint as an anti-terrorist marine. Read the rest of this entry »


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 »


November 13, 2009
Erik Helmerson

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 »


April 25, 2010
Carla Hay

Excerpt of Alex’s answers:

What attracted you to “Metropia”? What did you think of the “Metropia” script when you got it?

Skarsgård: It was just the two of us [Tarik Saleh and I], basically. It wasn’t animated yet, so I had nothing to watch. It was pretty good, in a way, because it gave us a lot of creative freedom to do whatever you wanted. It’s not about lip synch or hitting certain beats. You could just play around with it and be very creative. If we wanted to change something or just add something, we could do that …

It was quite surreal. I saw the movie in Austin in October [2009], something like that, over a year after we recorded it. It’s really weird, because you sit down and you watch it and suddenly, there’s a face and interaction with other characters. I record my stuff, I went away to Africa, where I was working on something else at the time, and you come back, and [the movie] comes to life. It’s pretty amazing. I’m still blown away by it. Read the rest of this entry »


Monday, 26th April 2010

Lindsay Soll


When he’s not busy playing the scheming-yet-smoldering vampire Eric Northman on “True Blood,” Swedish heartthrob Alexander Skarsgard is sinking his teeth into other projects that are not quite as mystical as his HBO series, but are just as perplexing. Take for example, “Metropia” — the statuesque actor (believe me — he is tall!) lent his voice to this grim animated tale, and when we caught up with him this past weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival, we were eager to find out what drew him to the part. Read the rest of this entry »