There have been some unique moments on Season 5 of “True Blood,” but perhaps the one that has captured fans’ attention the most was seeing Kristin Bauer van Straten’s Pam hook up with Alexander Skarsgard’s Eric Northman.
“Little awkward,” Alexander told AccessHollywood.com (ahead of his “True Blood” autograph signing appearance at Comic-Con 2012 in San Diego on Saturday) of having Eric kiss his progeny Pam………………..
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If there’s one fully fan-supported plot point in the current season of “True Blood,” HBO’s consistently complicated and sometimes divisive vampire soap, it’s the surprise bromance between vampires Bill and Eric, played by real-life pals Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgard. The two actors were happy to play up their special friendship for fans during the cast’s “True Blood” panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, and judging from what Skarsgard told MTV News after the panel, the friendly future for Bill and Eric looks rosy — for now.
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HBO has revealed its bumper crop of “Game of Thrones” and “True Blood” stars heading to San Diego Comic-Con 2012.
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True Blood actors Joe Manganiello (werewolf Alcide) and Alexander Skarsgård (vampire Eric) are among a handful of actors who have thrown their hats in the ring to play the male lead in the movie version of E.L. James’ erotic bestseller, Fifty Shades of Grey.
Both have expressed interest in playing Christian Grey, the billionaire BDSM master who takes virgin college graduate Anastasia Steele into his “Red Room of Pain”.
“Sure, of course I’d be up for it!” Joe told reporters yesterday at the LA premiere of his stripper movie Magic Mike. “Why not?”
The 35-year-old hunk’s Magic Mike co-star Channing Tatum is another fan favourite to play Grey, but he won’t have a bar of it, answering a reporter asking his wife Jenna Dewan if she’d let him do the film.
“Why do you think she’d want me in that movie? Tell me one good reason,” he said, adding that if his wife played Anastasia, “It would just be like turning on the video cameras in our bedroom”. Really?.
Alexander Skarsgård recently told reporters he hadn’t read the book, but was keen on the idea.
“Where do I sign?” he said. “He’s got a sex chamber? My character has that on True Blood. He’s got his little dungeon. I was born to play that part.”
Inception actor Cillian Murphy also said he’d like to read the script.
“I haven’t read the book,” he told the The Wall Street Journal today. “I know everyone’s talking about it. The thing is, it’s kind of random how you get jobs, you know?”
Earlier this month, American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis tweeted that he was pitching to adapt the book for Universal Studios and Focus Features, adding that “in a perfect world it would be Ryan Gosling as Christian Grey”.
Facebook fans of the Fifty Shades trilogy are fiercely debating who is worthy of playing the 27-year-old sadistic-sex-loving Grey.
“Alexander Skarsgård is ideal, sexy, good on the eye, and more than that, he is not afraid to show off some flesh … yummy,” one user wrote on the 50 Shades Facebook page.
“NOT Skarsgård … People are setting this bar way too low. There are actually very few who could fill those “off the hips” pants. I really hope they take their time and get it right,” another wrote.
“You need a real hunk for the part. Chris Hemsworth all the way!” another fan suggested.
Aussie star Hemsworth is but one of dozens of actors fans are suggesting for the part, including Taylor Kitsch, Hayden Christensen, Alex Pettyfer, Gerard Butler, and even Kourtney Kardashian’s partner Scott Disick (way off the mark, in our opinion!).
The role of Anastasia has also been the subject of hot debate. Young actresses Emma Roberts, Emma Stone, Kristen Stewart and Selena Gomez are buzzing on the rumour mill.
While fans continue to back-and-forth about casting, here’s a little nugget from a Fifty Shades Facebook fan that sums up the whole phenomenon nicely:
“That awkward moment when you are reading Fifty Shades … then mum brings you a nine-inch cannoli from the bakery.”
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Just three episodes in, and it’s already proving to be a big season for Kristin Bauer van Straten’s Pam on “True Blood.”
She saved Tara from death by turning Sookie’s pal into a vampire and finally, fans got to see how Pam became a bloodsucker in the first place.
Last week, it was revealed that Pam forced Eric Northman’s vampire-turning hand by slitting her wrists, after he first rebuffed her suggestion to join him in the world of the undead.
But before fans find out about sharing a lip lock with Kristin’s co-star Alexander Skarsgard, who plays Eric, and what’s to come on this Sunday’s episode on HBO, Kristin shared with Access Hollywood her impressions of another “True Blood” star’s big screen work.
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Q: Alexander, what can you tell us about the upcoming 5th season of True Blood?
Skarsgård: Oh, I don’t want to spoil to much of the fun, but this year will probably be an epic year in the series. More blood, more thrills! Eric will be meeting a very special new member of his circle – my vampire sister Nora (British actress Lucy Griffiths) will be appearing on the show. She’s also Godric’s child and a very important part of his life.
Q: At the end of the 4th season, Sookie breaks up with both your character, Eric, and with Bill. Is this the end of the menage a trois?
Skarsgård: (Laughs) Eric and Bill are going to be working on their bromance a bit now. We team up against a natural enemy. They have no choice but to set aside their disputes and form an alliance of sorts. It’s going to be a bit like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
Q: In addition to True Blood, your film career is also taking off. Are you at all anxious to end your vampire duties?
Skarsgård: No, no. I love my work in the series. This is a great character and Eric is tremendously popular all over the world. It would be insane if I wanted to leave the series voluntarily. Right now I’m enjoying getting to do movies in between seasons and I’m trying to find good projects and see where that takes me. I remember what it’s like to spend years not getting any phone calls and not having any scripts sent my way. So I’m very happy to have True Blood to look forward to every year and I’m enjoying seeing my character and the series unfold. I don’t think it’s an accident that we have a very big following.
Q: Do you ever worry that playing such a popular character like Eric will create too strong an identification with audiences and overshadow your film roles in the coming years?
Skarsgård: No. Audiences are able to separate you from your other characters quite easily as long as you don’t play similar roles and of course no vampires! So I’ve been playing different kinds of characters in movies like Melancholia, where I play a passive man, a much weaker man than Eric, who is very much an alpha male. Also my role in Battleship was very different. As long as I avoid playing vampires or similar roles in films, I don’t think audiences will have much difficulty separating me from Eric. I actually think the identification works in your favour because people think they know what you will be doing and then your character in a movie does something to surprise you.
Q: You’ve also worked on several other films that will be coming out soon. What can you tell us about What Maisie Knew?
Skarsgård: I wanted to do that film mainly because it gave me the chance to work with Julianne
Moore, whom I’ve always thought is one of the best actresses in the business. The film is a modern updating of the 1897 Henry James novel, and it’s about a custody battle between Julianne’s character and Steve Coogan’s character. I play the stepfather caught in between and I really loved working with the little girl Onata Aprile who plays Maisie.
Q: Did that experience make you want to start your own family?
Skarsgård: (Laughs) Maybe not yet. But it was interesting for me to see how much I enjoyed being on the set with a young child actor and spending time getting to know her. I think I might actually make a good father one day!
Q: You’ve become something of a sex symbol in recent years thanks to True Blood. How do you deal with the attention?
Skarsgård: I’m glad the series is receiving so much recognition. There are a lot of very talented actors working with me and we all share the success. Obviously it’s very gratifying personally but I like to live as quietly as possible. I’m Swedish, and we’re not known for flaunting ourselves although I know people might question that because of True Blood’s sexual content.
Q: You do a fair amount of nude sex scenes. Is that an interesting aspect of your work?
Skarsgård: There’s a certain amount of pleasure in being naked and knowing that your body is fit and toned. I always enjoyed working out and this is the kind of role where vampire sexuality takes on a
menacing quality, so your body becomes an asset to your acting and your work takes on a much greater erotic intensity. But the nude scenes themselves aren’t that sexy, because there are too many technicians standing around and there’s a director telling you where to place your hands, which takes some of the spontaneity away and so none of us are getting turned on in front of the cameras.
Q: There’s something of a menage a trois going on between your character and Anna Paquin’s Sookie and Stephen Moyer’s Bill. Are the sex scenes between you and Paquin odd considering she and Bill are married to each other in real life?
Skarsgård: We’re actors so we understand the requirements. Anna is like a sister to me and it makes erotic scenes somewhat odd but with the camera a few feet from your face and technicians standing around you’re not getting turned on or coming anywhere close to feeling that it’s real. It’s just part of the job.
Q: Is it important for you to have achieved this measure of success with True Blood given your actor father Stellan’s remarkable acting career?
Skarsgård: I’ve always wanted to prove myself and make my own way in the world without people
saying I’m just the son of a famous father. I’ve never thought that I was competing with my father or
trying to match his success. His work stands on its own. But I think acting may have been my attempt to prove to him that I have some talent and impress him a little bit. I think most sons want their fathers to be proud of them.
Q: Do you and your father get along?
Skarsgård: Dad is one of my best friends. He is such a good guy and I love him so much. So many kids complain or have problems with their father, but I have been very lucky to have had a father who is very cool, very supportive, and just someone I have admired all my life and felt so good to grow up and always know that he cared about me even though he works a lot. My dad always made it a point to be very present in our family. We first worked together in 1983 on my first movie (Ake och hans varld) back in Sweden and then we had the chance to do Melancholia with Lars von Trier. I hope we’re going to get the chance to work again.
Q: You were a child star in Sweden. You’ve said in the past that you didn’t like the constant attention …
Skarsgård: No. I hated that. I enjoyed acting and being on a set but I didn’t like girls hanging outside my house. It was embarrassing. I didn’t want that kind of attention at school because you it affects your relationships with the other kids. I wanted to hang out and play football and do regular kinds of things but if everyone knows you it makes that complicated. So after high school I told my father I wanted to quit acting and do something else with my life. He was very supportive.
Q: What did you do then?
Skarsgård: I went to England so that I could study English because I wanted to learn the language. I
didn’t want to study in London because there are a lot of Swedes living in London so I chose to study at Leeds. I had a friend who wanted to go to England and we decided to go to Leeds because we knew they had a football team there. It was one of the best times of my life. We had a lot of fun even though we lived in this terrible basement apartment that was cold and damp and had no windows. But we loved the women and the beer.
Q: How do you find living in Los Angeles compared to Sweden?
Skarsgård: It’s very different. First there’s the climate in California which is mainly sunny and
warm. In Sweden, we have only two warm months in the summer and the winter is very long and very cold. The only negative aspect of living in California is that because I play a vampire I can’t really spend too much time in the sun or I need to use lots of sunscreen. Otherwise if you try to put makeup on to hide a tan it tends to make your skin look grey when you’re shooting in HD.
Q: Do you still find time to go back to Sweden and visit?
Skarsgård: Yes. We usually have five months’ hiatus every year when we’re not shooting True Blood so that gives me the chance to spend a few months in Stockholm or on the islands in Sweden. That time helps me retain my sense of being Swedish and my identity. That’s important to me.
Q: Is there a lot of culture shock for a Swede living in California?
Skarsgård: The mentality is very different. Swedes are much more reserved and interior-looking than Americans, or at least Californians. Americans are not afraid to talk about their lives to you even if they only know you for a short period of time. I love how waitresses will smile and greet you in a café and ask you how you are even if it’s not meant in a deeper sense. There’s a sense that you can get to know Americans much more quickly. In Sweden, it takes much more time to really become close to someone but once you do become friends with a Swede that friendship will last a long time.
Q: You’re starting to get recognised in L.A. How do you feel about that?
Skarsgård: Oh, it’s not so bad, at least not so far. Of course the amount of attention you receive from people coming up to you in a restaurant or if you’re shopping is a function of your popularity. Every actor in Hollywood is aware that if become successful your private life is not so private anymore. I accept that. I’m also used to that attention because my father was always recognised wherever he went in Sweden although most Swedes will not approach politicians or celebrities on the street. We’re very respectful of privacy.
Q: You had a chance to work with Rihanna on Battleship. What was she like?
Skarsgård: I loved the fact that she was so normal and natural and didn’t bring a big entourage with her or anything like that. She just wanted to be considered one of the actors and not have her fame as a singer follow her. But what truly impressed me was how organized and hard-working she is. She would keep flying back and forth from the set, perform on a big MTV award show, and show up ready to work on time the next morning. Rihanna has a lot of energy.
Q: You’re also the new face of Calvin Klein men’s fragrance. What made you interested in doing that?
Skarsgård: I like the way they wanted to shoot the campaign. Their idea for their concept was very
intriguing to me – it was almost like a short film, and very film noir. It felt interesting to me. wanted to be involved with something where you tell a story – even though it’s a short story.
Q: As a vampire, is your sense of smell heightened?
Skarsgård: As a vampire, everything is more exciting! (Laughs) /Viva Press
|June 24, 2012 | Listed Under: Featured, News||Nate||Comment|
Alexander Skarsgard’s True Blood co-star Stephen Moyer reveals that the actor behind Eric Northman would definitely be on the pitching side of a homosexual encounter. This priceless tidbit emerged in an interview when Moyer discussed a fun scene in Season 5 where the characters Eric and Bill Compton were stuck in a trunk together, and there was a bit of witty repartee between the pair with sexual overtones.
Ostensibly, Skarsgard and Moyer put a lot of practice into the scene, testing out each other’s vehicles as part of the research. When it came down to the shooting, however, it was all laughs. According to the director of the episode, Dan Minahan, “In the trunk, Stephen and Alex both got really bad church giggles and couldn’t stop laughing. I wanted to cry.” It’s too bad there isn’t a blooper reel for fans to watch because it sounds like a hoot.
So, Stephen Moyer was just joking when he said, “It turns out that I’m a catcher and he’s a pitcher.” In reality, however, both actors seem to play in the heterosexual court. Stephen is married to co-star Anna Paquin with a baby on the way, and Alexander Skarsgard has been previously linked with actresses Juliette Lewis and Kate Bosworth.
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Like many actors, Alexander Skarsgard enjoys his down time. But unlike some TV stars, the True Blood hottie doesn’t put his talents on stand by when his hit HBO show isn’t filming. In fact, he goes back to work — with different characters in mind.
“I spend seven months just playing Eric on True Blood,” the 35-year-old actor tells the latest issue of BULLETT magazine. “But when I’m on hiatus, when I get my five months off, I’m not looking to play the same character again.”
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Gosh, isn’t life amazing? Today we were graced with the glorious news that Alexander Skarsgård is thew new face of Calvin Klein’s men’s fragrance Encounter, which means, hahaha, even more reasons to stare at his chiseled face on a daily basis. *shivers* This is this True Blood star’s first endorsement (HOW?!), and the new scent is set to hit stores in September. We’re loving this scruffy, blue-tinted version of our favorite vampire with his loosely unbuttoned shirt and icy stare, and, guhh, how lucky is that model in the background? But hey, we’re not the only ones dying (heh) over his new campaign—even Alexander himself said he really liked the feel of the ads. “Their idea for their concept was very intriguing to me—it was almost like a short film, and very film noir. It felt interesting to me. I wanted to be involved with something where you tell a story—even though it’s a short story.”
The senior vice president of American Fragrances for Coty Prestige Catherine Walsh told WWD the scent is intended to be “a new interpretation of the contemporary, confident man. Alexander Skarsgård perfectly reflects the Encounter attitude—modern, stylish and unapologetically masculine.” Um, yes, yes, and yes. Could not agree more! The scent is filled with notes of mandarin, pepper, jasmine, rum (!!!) and musk, which sounds like a spicy mix of manliness we can’t wait to smell. The price of the eaux de toilette will range from $40 to $72, and Calvin Klein will also offer an aftershave, deodorant, and body spray of the new scent.
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Writer/director Lars Von Trier’s newest film is an end-of-the-world drama that stars Kirsten Dunst, Alexander Skarsgård and his father Stellan Skarsgård as well as Kiefer Sutherland. Like his other films, Von Trier’s trailer proves the movie is gorgeously shot. In fact the tagline for this film is “a beautiful movie about the end of the world.”
The film centers on a wedding of Justine (Dunst) and Michael (the younger Skarsgård). During the celebrations, the party sees a red star which turns out to be a planet, Melancholia, that was previously hiding behind the sun. Justine and her sister Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg) then begin to wonder, what will happen when the world comes to an end
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