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One of the most inspiring movies to premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was The East—a thought-provoking thriller written by Zal Batmanglii and Brit Marling about an anarchist collective that holds major corporations accountable for their morally reprehensible actions. (The film opens with the group pumping oil into the home of a C.E.O. whose company caused a major oil spill.)

In advance of the movie’s release next week, VF.com has exclusively obtained a casting featurette in which the filmmakers, Marling (who also stars as a former F.B.I. agent who infiltrates the group), and actors Alexander Skarsgård and Ellen Page discuss why it was relatively easy to draw top-tier talent—including Julia Ormond and Patricia Clarkson—to the culturally significant project. The East opens in U.S. theaters on May 31. [source]

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To prepare for his role as a corporation-baiting anarchist in The East, Alexander Skarsgård didn’t ride the rails or join an anarchist collective. “I was already scheduled to film Disconnect and What Maisie Knew, two other films, so I basically had to do all my preparation from my trailer on-set here in New York, or in my hotel room, while shooting,” the True Blood star said at a screening on Monday.

Around that time, the Occupy Wall Street protests and Wikileaks incidents arose; both relate to issues raised in the film. “It just felt very timely,” Skarsgård said. “And then the BP oil leak happened a couple of months before that, so it all felt like it was something in the air and a frustration that I definitely can understand.”
“It was kind of amazing, because we wrote the oil-spill jam that opens the film, where these kids break into the East Hampton summer estate of the C.E.O. of an oil company, and they dump oil on his property, and it’s like coming out of his pool and dripping out of the vents onto his bed sheets. And we wrote that, and literally a week later the BP oil spill happened,” said Brit Marling, who co-wrote the script. “And we were like, Holy shit, this is prescient.”

To play the head of an elite private intelligence firm serving big corporations, Patricia Clarkson says she stripped away emotion to the point where she was unaffected. “And that’s what I think happens to those people,” she said. “I have a feeling all those C.E.O.’s, when they go to bed at night, they go to bed as a C.E.O., they wake up as a C.E.O., they make love as a C.E.O. You know, people think they put on all these hats; I think they wear one hat 24/7.

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Last night, Alex and Onata Aprile attend the LA Times Indie Focus screening of ‘What Masie Knew’ at Laemmle Theater in North Hollywood, California. I’ve added the first photos from the event to the gallery, and will update more when more pics released. Don’t forget to follow our twitter for more updates.. Enjoy!

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[x056] Appearance >> 2013 >> May 16 | LA Times Indie Focus screening : What Maisie Knew

Alexander Skarsgård was attending the “PUNK: Chaos To Couture” 2013 Costume Institute Gala event in New York City last night. and here’s the first photos of Alex with Italo Zucchelli on red carpet entrance to the event! I’ve added 23 HQ photos to the gallery with some of them donated by lovely DeA, and more will be added when they released!

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[x023] Appearance >> 2013 >> May 6 | PUNK: Chaos To Couture – 2013 Costume Institute Gala

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Fact: Alexander Skarsgård is a very, very good-looking man IRL. And when you are a very, very good looking man like this, it is often a challenge to avoid the industry’s typecasting and nab roles that showcase substance and versatility — not just abs and cheekbones. That’s why we were so excited to see Skarsgård in a completely different role in his latest movie, What Maisie Knew, where he plays a stepfather to the super adorable Onata Aprile. As it turns out, Aprile is both extremely talented and totally game for calling Skarsgård out on his shortcoming (yep, he has one). In fact, they aren’t just co-stars: These two actors are legitimate BFFs now and, as we noticed with their darling rapport at the Cinema Society screening, have an absurdly adorable and warm relationship.

What was it like playing a dad?
“It was a lot of fun. It was different for me. I thought it was just a different character. Someone who didn’t ask for this, you know? (Maisie is) obviously not his child and he didn’t expect this to happen. In the beginning of the film he’s kind of lost and doesn’t take care of himself. I think he’s very talented and smart, but he’s not very ambitious. It’s just out of kindness. His girlfriend is like, ‘I’m about to lose custody of my child, can you marry me please?’ And he’s like, ‘Okay.’ Then she’s not there, so he ends up in a weird situation with this little kid who no one takes care of.”

“I just thought it was a beautiful story of how he kind of falls in love with this little kid and how he learns to take care of someone for the first time in his life. And she kind of takes care of him, as well. He grows and matures quite a bit.”

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