Between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, HBO will be replaying the entire Season 3 of ‘True Blood’ back to back for 4 nights. Woohoo!!!!!
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photo-credit: GERT KRAUTBAUER for Syfy, True Blood on the German Syfy Channel.
Here is a translation of the interview back to English (the original interview was in English and then translated into German)
Interview: Ulrike Bretz
Alexander Skarsgård talks “nudity is no big deal”
He smiles like prince charming Daniel [translator’s note: husband of crown princess Victoria of Sweden], has the body of an underwear model and is one of Sweden’s most famous actors: “True Blood” actor Alexander Skarsgård about vampires, Lars von Trier and Lady Gaga’s outfits.
Alexander Skarsgård was born in 1976 in Stockholm and he is one of the seven children of the famous Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgard (Breaking the Waves, The Hunt for Red October, Good Will Hunting). He worked in front of the camera in numerous films in his native Sweden before moving to California in 2004. Two years ago he was known for his role in the HBO miniseries Generation Kill in the U.S. In the successful HBO series True Blood by Alan Ball (Magnolia, Six Feet Under), he plays the thousand year old Viking vampire Eric Northman. The third season of the award-winning series will be broadcast starting today on German television. A fourth season is planned.
sueddeutsche.de: The Twilight Saga, Vampire Diaries series, True Blood – don’t you think that viewers are going to get tired of bloodsucker movies?
Alexander Skarsgard: True Blood is more than a vampire story – 80 percent of the characters are not vampires, but other creatures or even people. The show has other qualities. There are interesting characters and interesting relationships, the series has many depths.
sueddeutsche.de: Unlike the Twilight saga, the most successful thing of the vampire hype?
Skarsgård: I haven’t seen the films so can’t compare them. I’m no expert in this genre; I’m not going to watch the other films.
sueddeutsche.de: You play a thousand-year-old vampire and do not look at your competitors?
Skarsgard: I am aware of the vampire hype very well; most films of this kind are for teenage girls. When I first heard of the role of Eric – a Viking vampire – I thought it was very trashy and tacky.
sueddeutsche.de: Why did you accept the role?
Skarsgård: Because I heard that Alan Ball was the creator of the series. I knew about Magnolia and Six Feet Under – and I knew then that I wanted to do the series. Ball is an outstanding artist and intelligent man; I wanted to work with him.
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Translation of the interview
“True Blood” star Alexander Skarsgard: Fascinated by Munich
Manuel Weis met with the international star in the Bavarian capital. He spoke to him about the HBO series “True Blood,” the third season is currently being broadcast on Sky. Also: All of his other projects.
MW: Is this your first time here in Germany?
AS: No. I was here four years ago at the World Cup in Munich, I watched Sweden against Germany. That was not a good day.
MW: We Germans had the better end …
AS: Yes, you had more fun.
MW: Do you like Munich?
AS: I love it. We were first in Cologne where Sweden played against England in the group stage. Then we went to Munich, and I have to say: A very impressive city.
MW: There was a great atmosphere throughout the country at the time.
AS: The people were incredibly friendly, we felt welcome. For me it was a great experience. It feels incredible. I miss the four seasons and I have to say I miss the autumn incredibly much. How the leaves change their color. It’s nice to see that here.
MW: Did you know that there are so many fans of “True Blood” in Germany? I’ve heard that some girls even wanted to find out where we are meeting today.
AS: Until I came here I didn’t know. But I have met some fans outside the hotel – it was crazy.
MW: How were the fans?
AS: They were very nice. They wanted me to sign some things, we took photos. Things like that. On the one hand I know that the series is being broadcast on TV in other countries, on the other hand, we film “True Blood” so far away from here. It fascinates me that people here know so many details of my character.
MW: What do you think generally of the hype about vampire shows? “Twilight,” “Vampire Diaries” …
AS: I can’t answer that. I’ve only seen “True Blood”, all the rest I don’t know. I can’t say that I don’t like the other productions – I’ve never seen any of them. But I am, for example, a big fan of Nosferatu. I like the earlier works.
MW: Which series do you like on TV?
AS: I like “The Colbert Report” and “30 Rock” is great.
MW: You like comedy.
AS: Not only – these is great shows. I loved “Deadwood,” but that was a few years ago. But it’s hard for me to watch TV regularly. Therefore, I’m afraid I rather buy the DVD boxes.
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(C) Syfy / Photo: Gert Herb Bauer
In early October Serienjunkies-struck female hearts racing: one of the most beautiful men in Sweden was at the launch of the vampire series “True Blood“at the transmitter SyFy Munich. by Alexander Skarsgard has a large room in the Bayerischer Hof’s very young and almost a little shy. With a cappuccino it makes to the 1.90 meter tall actor in the old-fashioned sofa comfortable to Serienjunkies.de® are questions to answer.
SJ: In the series “True Blood” you play the Swedish vampire Eric Northman. Was it coincidence or actually examined the casting directors immediately after an actor who speaks Swedish?
You have searched in Europe and the USA for the right performer. In the end, they really have found a Swede.
SJ: So you could say the scenes in Swedish accent.
Exactly. On the idea with the Swedish, we were not here earlier. Generally, they wanted Eric also has a very strong accent in English, but I was able to convince them that it was illogical for such an old vampire could not speak several languages fluently and without accent. He has, after all, lived thousands of years. But I suggested that we could incorporate a few Swedish phrases, so that Eric does not like all the other vampires, but is given something exotic.
SJ: Is Alan Ball happy to respond to such proposals? And there were other ideas that could bring you?
Alan is generally very open to any suggestions. A series is a joint process of authors and performers. At least that is on “True Blood” so. If, after receipt of the script have an idea or change a dialogue like, you can always talk with the author of the episode. They are very open to suggestions. It is an open dialogue and for me as an actor also very important.
SJ: How did the change in the haircut?
In season one I was wearing a wig. I had previously in the series “Generation Killplayed “as a soldier and had a military haircut. So I wore a wig and the first time after the first season we had had enough of the kind of thing. The wig finally had to retire into.
SJ: Will we see more in the fourth season of Eric’s past? The reviews were a highlight of the third season.
I hope so. These flashbacks also have a lot of fun to me incredible. One understands this character so much better. The authors are currently writing the scripts for the new season. Filming is to start in two months (ie in early December, the Red Note) – I really do not know what they have planned for the new season. It would surprise me, however, if there were no flashbacks.
SJ: Will we get to see in season four, the story of Eric’s memory loss? And with it a lot more scenes with Sookie and Eric?
Well, who knows. The series has developed a life of its own and certain liberties allowed in comparison to the books. Lafayette also still alive. (In the books it is the murder victim at the end of the first volume, note the editor)
It takes a certain amount of creative freedom for such a series. I must confess I do not know what will happen and it needs to know but not necessarily. When I read the first script, for me to feel like the fans who see the first episode of a season and are wondering what happened.
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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.
msn: How does that work with these contrary characters?
Skarsgard: You need to build a connection to the characters and have to believe in every single moment. If I don’t feel that I can’t do a good job. Whenever I read a script the most important question is: Do I understand the character? Do I understand the characters journey? If you don’t feel that you don’t fit in the role. But I’ve definitely felt it, both, the Moomin and Eric. (Laughs)
msn: Regarding Eric in “True Blood”: the third season ist just about to air in Germany, so what are the major developments?
Skarsgard: There is a very important storyline for Eric, it’s about vengeance. He lost someone very important centuries ago, and now he’s got the chance to avenge that person. Viewers will see that Eric can be very focused. One aspect I enjoyed very much was Erics relationship with his child Pam.
msn: Pam seems to be much nicer than in season one and two…
Skarsgard: I always liked the relationship between the two. They are kidding around and nagging on eachother. They always bug eachother. But she is his child. And after two and a half years it was nice to finally show this connection, the love between the two. It is almost unexpected because the two seem to be such ice-cold, tough types.
Alexander Skarsgard is 6,3″ tall but the Swede doesn’t seem very intimidating.
msn: Can you tell us anything about season four? Filming starts end of November…
Skarsgard: I really don’t know anything, yet. And I’m not just saying that, the writers are working at the scripts at the very moment. So all I can do is – like the fans – read book four of the bookseries “True Blood” is based on. But the series has developed kind of its own life and follows it’s own directions. So I have no idea. But it’s very exciting for me, a little like Christmas when you get the script. You flip through it and ask yourself: “Okay, well what will happen this season”
msn: There are many bloody surprises for you on the show. In one scene you had to tear apart a human body. Did you ever feel queasy about that?
Skarsgard: No, it’s lots of fun do shoot these scenes. It’s bloody and always a bit exaggerated. Honestly, I mean I tear apart a man, and then I bite him in the guts and pull it out with my teeth – we laughed a lot while shooting these scenes.
msn: Are there any additives in that fake blood to make it taste better? You have it in your mouth all the time…
Skarsgard: It’s very sweet, a kind of corn syrup. Sweet and sticky. It tastes not exactly great and we really don’t want to swallow it. In the scene I was tearing apart that human my body was covered with that stuff. It’s so sticky, I couldn’t get my clothes off untill it was dry. My pants were like glued onto my legs. So I had to go back to the trailer and take a shower – with clothes on – only to get them off. (Laughs)
msn: In one of your latest movies, Lars von Trier’s “Melancholia”, you were working with your father Stellan Skarsgard (Stieg Larssons trilogy, Mamma Mia) as co-actors. Was that the first time?
Skarsgard: Yes, it was. Well, he also gave his voice for the Moomin film, but that’s not quite the same. So this was the first time we had a scene together in a movie.
15 Oct 2010 Leave a comment
Part two of Alexanders interview for the UK, I really do love this interview, check out the video at source! enjoy guys! 🙂
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