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THE GIVER (2014) INTERVIEW - ALEXANDER SKARSGARD

Behind-the-scenes interview with Alex, who plays Father in The Giver. He answers various questions about the film.

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Alexander Skarsgard as Eric Northman in True Blood Season 7, Episode 3:  Fire in the Hole.

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Alex is featured in the August issue of Glamour UK.  

Here is the full interview:

Alexander the Great
RIP True Blood.  As the camp vamp romp slides into its final season, Alexander Skarsgård talks to Helen Whitaker about trekking with Prince Harry, boozing in Leeds and never passing up a naked photo opportuntity (three cheers for that)
From sitting atop a throne in his ‘fangbanger’ bar, to beating an entrail-splattering path of destruction, Alexander Skarsgård has had as much fun playing True Blood’s 1,000-year-old vampire Eric Northman as viewers have had watching him. “I’ve had a blast since day one,” he says of his, shall we say, morally flexible character.  ”I love the way Eric started out as the bad guy on the show, but in Season Two you saw a different side, and the fact that there’s love somewhere deep inside of him.  People were like ‘But wait a minute, I’m supposed to hate this guy!
     Alex (FYI, as to whether it’s Alex or Alexander?  ”Oh, either one - doesn’t matter”) is speaking from his LA home at around noon, after snatching a few precious hours of sleep.  Due to the whole vampires-not-being-able-to-go-out-in-daylight thing, True Blood has meant seven years of night shifts, but three weeks after we speak, and after multiple awards and nominations, the show will wrap for good.  ”It’s a very weird feeling,” he says.  ”We’re not going on hiatus this time, we’re actually finishing the show.”
     As soon as it launched in 2008, True Blood made its imprint on pop culture.  Its stars (including Anna Paquin, who at the time was best known for winning an Oscar as a child, for The Piano) were hurled into primetime TV notoriety.  Not least because of the show’s proclivity for, ahem, imaginative sex scenes. Human/vampire sex, human/werewolf sex, fairy/vampire sex, vampire/vampire sex…you get the idea.  Yes, it was steamy, but it was also progressive (stay with me). So often on screen, a fully clothed man is paired with a naked woman but True Blood has always had an equal opportunities attitude towards nudity.  ”It’s almost the other way around,” laughs Alex, “all those naked guys walking around all the time.”  He’s not wrong. Our final image of Eric in Season Six was a full frontal as he fled, naked, from the top of a mountain.  Co-star Stephen Moyer (who plays Bill Compton) has claimed that it was Alex’s idea to eschew the ‘sack of destiny’ (a modesty pouch).  I take it body confidence is not a problem?  ”To me not only on True Blood but whatever I do, if it feels gratuitous and stupid, I wouldn’t be comfortable doing it, because it’s like, ‘Why am I running around with no shirt on?’” he explains.  ”But if it makes sense, story-wise, of course.  If a character is taking a shower, they should be naked.  Most people are naked when they’re in the shower, you know!  So I have no issues with that now.
Playing a super-buff, practically indestructible vampire has meant the 6ft 4in actor has had to stay in top-off shape.  It also meant he had a head start on his upcoming lead role in the a live-action reboot of Tarzan, although he has been pumping iron to add the requisite bulk.  So far, how many times has he done the Tarzan yell?  ”Zero, actually!”  Not even in the audition? “No, I never had to do that.”  Does he want to demonstrate it now?  He laughs, “I’ll save it for a very special moment.”
     Alexander Johan Hjalmar Skarsgård, 37, “grew up backstage, running around the dramatic theatre in Stockholm” and watching his actor father, Stellan (most famous here for film roles including Mamma Mia! and Thor), perform. It was a bohemian upbringing.  ”We had an apartment, in which my mum still lives, in south Stockholm [his parents divorced in 2007], and my cousins lived in the same apartment building,” he says.  ”My  grandma and grandpa lived across the street, and my other cousins — everyone lived in the same neighborhood, the whole extended family.  It would just be these huge dinner parties every night with tons of people, alcohol and food and a lot of wild hippies and artists and anarchists.  It was a very eclectic group of people.”
     After a stint of national service at 19, Alex decided to study in England. London was the obvious choice, but with a dozen of his Swedish friends already living there, he decided on Leeds Met and threw himself into university life:  living in a dodgy student flat (“it was in a basement with no heating and no windows”) and binge-drinking at dubious nightclubs (“There was a place called Majestic that had, like,  £1 pints on Tuesdays”).  ”I loved it,” he enthuses of his time there.  ”The people there are so nice and friendly and hospitable.  And I didn’t meet a single Swede in six months, so I definitely got what I wanted.”
     It was after this that he landed his breakout role in Zoolander, but it was his portrayal of a tightly wound marine in the critically acclaimed 2008 HBO drama Generation Kill that made audiences sit up and take notice.  In the True Blood off-season, he’s been doing predominantly supporting, but varied roles in films such as Lars von Trier’s Melancholia and What Maisie
Knew, alongside Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan.  Last summer, he starred in The East with Ellen Page, to whom he became very close.  At one point they were rumoured to be dating (actually, as far as we know, he’s single), before Ellen’s  brave coming out speech this February.  ”I’m extremely proud of her for being so strong and coming out and helping other young girls and guys out there,” says Alex of his good friend today.  ”She’s a great inspiration for other people.  And the way she did it was so eloquent, so well spoken and she’s so intelligent.
     Just in case you ever doubted his alpha-male credentials (anyone?), last year Alexander took on a charity trek to the South Pole to raise money for the charity Walking With The Wounded, alongside Prince Harry and 12 injured service men and women from the US, UK and Commonwealth.  ”I’ve been fascinated by Antarctica since I was a kid, and when this opportunity came up, I desperately wanted it to work out,” he says.  ”I was shooting a movie called The Giver in South Africa and fortunately I was able to wrap in time.  I went straight to Antarctica for a month.  I love just being disconnected like that.  The year before, I sailed across the Atlantic.  It took three weeks and was kind of a similar experience in the sense of being completely present in the moment.  You don’t have your cell phone, no email.  It’s very liberating in a way, and a good excuse to not be reachable for a month.”
Photo credit:  Petter Nyquist
     Originally the three teams were going to race to the Pole, but the punishing conditions meant that the competitive element was quickly abandoned in favour of the teams helping each other finish.  ”It you pass out and it’s -40°C, you can get frostbite in seconds,” says Alex.  ”It was definitely the right call because some people did get frostbite and had issues with the elevation.  The race aspect of it wasn’t important,  it was more for motivation and to make it more fun, but the whole point was to make a documentary about these amazing men and women, and for them  to tell their stories and to inspire other people.  The most important thing was to get all 12 soldiers to the South Pole and we did that.”
     
     Did you ever worry you’d get frostbite when you posed for a teammate’s Instagram photo, naked on a toilet at the South Pole, I ask innocently.  He laughs, “Yeah, but it was such a great photo op, I had to do it.  I weighed the risk and I felt like it was definitely worth it.”  We couldn’t agree more.
Photo credit:  Inge Solheim

Article Source:  Glamour UK via astoldbykaty’s twit pics, Text:  My transcription.

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Inside that Eric-Jason ‘True Blood’ sex dream you can’t stop watching
We spoke separately with writer Kate Barnow, director Howard Deutch, and actor Ryan Kwanten for an oral history, if you will, of Jason’s much-anticipated—and so very Jason—sex dream about Eric (Alexander Skarsgard).
In episode nine last season, Eric fed Jason his blood to heal him in Vamp Camp telling him, “When you dream of me, dream of nice things.” In the season 6 finale, viewers watched Eric burst into flames while reading nude on a Swedish mountaintop when the effects of Warlow’s blood wore off following his death. Eric’s first appearance in season 7 comes as a dreaming Jason finds him in what Barnow describes as a Spanish pension (which was actually a home in California’s Simi Valley, where the crew spent one 12-hour day). And so the four-and-a-half minute sequence begins…
Ryan Kwanten: Alex and I would really only see each other in table reads once every two weeks at best [over the years], and we always would end up talking at the end of a table read about how we never work together. [Laughs] I guess finally the writers wanted to put us together, and this was the end result.
Kate Barnow: We knew we owed an Eric-Jason sex dream from last season, and it just happened to fall into episode 2. It was the luck of the draw, but I was not sad when I received it. At all. [Laughs] The real question was how we would approach it because historically with the men-with-men sex dreams, they’ve just been sort of straight sex—no subtext—and we wanted to do something a little different with this one. Ryan, Alex, Howie the director, and I sat down together and talked through the scene, probably a good month before we shot it, just to kinda get the juices flowing about it, because we knew it was gonna be epic, but we didn’t know exactly what it was gonna look like.
Howard Deutch: Bucky [showrunner Brian Buckner] and Kate asked me for my input, and I felt like the more ownership of the scene I gave Alex and Jason, the more they’d be able to channel it. So it wouldn’t be me being a puppeteer or them just acting, they could be it. This is Jason’s dream, so Alex kept saying, “Well, you tell me what to do, Ryan. It’s your dream.” And Ryan would go, “Well, I don’t know. What do you want to do?” It started like that until Alex said, “Well, you know, I could f–k him or I could kill him. I’m not sure.” And out of that came the notion that there’s violence in the eroticism. There’s a sense of, What is gonna happen here? It’s not just romantic. It’s dangerous as well.
Kwanten: We wanted a very to and fro scene—much like a seesaw, where I would take the power base, then suddenly he would, then I would slowly gain it back, and then suddenly he would. We wanted that constant elastic-band-being-pulled type of feel.
Barnow: We wanted to make it feel like, “Oh, maybe, in Jason’s subconscious, he’s had feelings for Eric in ways that we’ve never known.” I personally feel like the character Jason Stackhouse has probably always really admired Eric Northman from afar: Like if I was vampire, that’s the kind of vampire I’d be. The writers have always had—I think it was actually really Bucky who’s always had—this idea that Jason was a big fan of James Bond. So I had it in my mind that Eric would be making a martini, because Jason, of course, would fantasize about that. It was not actually discussed whether the martini glasses would be oversized—it was just our genius prop master Tom [Cahill] who came up with these glasses that, in fact, look like they’re as big as Jason’s head. [The reaction to Eric’s long pour] was all Ryan. They were having so much fun with it. We really had a hard time remembering that it was supposed to be a love scene, but they straddled the line perfectly: One minute was just pure burning desire, and the next minute we were all just dying laughing from the things they were doing.
The physicality of it was really those two actors bringing their A game. They came up with all that stuff. They really believed that there would be a sort of masculine component to it because of who they both were. In talking through it all, Eric’s not the kind of character that’s used to having his belt taken off, but Jason’s goin’ for it.
Deutch: My favorite part isn’t in the final cut. When he rips Eric’s belt off, he snapped it like a whip.
Barnow: So then Eric would have to get kinda rough with Jason. But then maybe he was getting rough with him because he was feeling turned on. They just had a real sensibility about how their characters would act in that moment, and it led to this hilarious tackle.
Deutch: Ryan came up with that. Ryan was like, “I need to tackle him. That’s gonna turn Jason on.” I was like, “Got it, okay.”
Barnow: We didn’t want to shy away from what a real love scene would look like with them. And of course, when it got hot and erotic, I was like, “Oh god, the entire crew is looking at me and thinking that this is my fantasy life.” That was the one problem with writing the scene. But it’s not like anyone instructed them on how to play the actual love scene—that was all them. And they had a great time doing it.
Deutch: All I know is after it was done and the producers and HBO all looked at it, they said they felt I oughta do more porn films. I’d love to take credit, but I can’t. It’s all those guys. They just played it for the truth of what their characters felt, and so they made love. We just had two cameras going on them, and panning and groping—they’re both gorgeous guys and they have amazing bodies, so it’s not that difficult to do that.
Barnow: I co-wrote the episode where Eric and Sookie have their first kiss that’s not a dream in season 3, so that was exciting. But there’s kinda nothing more delicious than being in a fire-burning, candlelit bedroom with Eric Northman and Jason Stackhouse and watching what unfolds. It was as fun as it could have been, and I may or may not have said to the boys, “If my career ended tonight, I’d be fine.” [Laughs] I think they looked at me like I really, really needed to just stop talking. But it was a good time.
Deutch: Did she tell you this story? I probably shouldn’t tell you this, but I don’t care. All the girls have major understandable crushes on Alex. We were doing the scene, and at a certain point, Kate came up to Alex to tell him about a line change, and as she was telling him, he started to play the part with her, and he looked in her eyes and connected with her, and she started to swoon. I had to catch her. It was hilarious. I’m not making it up. It’s true.
Bonus bits:
• Barnow encourages us all to revel in this scene because it’s the only Jason-Eric sex dream we’ll get.
• She hopes they make a gag reel of Jason’s reaction when he wakes up in the church. “The 20 or so ways that Ryan falls onto the pew are some of the best physical comedy I’ve ever seen in my life,” Barnow says.

• The first thing dream Eric says in the scene to Jason—”You found me”—is what real Eric says at the end of the episode to Pam, when she finds him, sick with Hep-V, in France’s Rhone Valley. “You will get some sense of why that is such a scandalous place for him to be holing up in episode 3,” Barnow says.
• Remember that Jason told Eric that a real island doesn’t need so much space to think. “It actually speaks to more of what Jason’s emotional journey is gonna be for the season,” Barnow says. “Potentially what he says in that dream has something to do with what he’s gonna want later.”
• Kwanten believes Jason does care about Violet. “I think there’s feelings there, fascination there, a fondness there, and also a really bizarre level of intrigue, too,” he says. “This is a woman with enormous history behind her, so he can’t help but be entertained, for lack of a better word.”
• We will get to see Jason in Rambo mode again. “Oh yeah,” Kwanten says, with a laugh. “He has a couple of bouts. You won’t be disappointed.”
• Well, unless you’re hoping to see Kwanten in that True Blood musical that’s in development, should it ever make it to the stage. “You don’t want to hear me sing,” he promises. But as for what he’d expect Jason to belt: “Something he could fist-pump to, a return to ’90s rock anthems,” he says.
• Tara’s return in Lettie Mae’s V-fueled hallucination was not for the faint of heart. Rutina Wesley spoke in tongues, perched on a cross off the ground, with a live snake. “She spent many, many hours with that snake around her,” Barnow says, “and that snake was being wrangled, but that snake also loved her and would go anywhere on her body. So she would be in the middle of a take, and it would somehow crawl up and be between her legs and she’d be like, ‘Okay, it might be time to cut.’ So she was incredible in that scene.”
• When we spoke with Deutch on June 26, he was directing episode 709, the series’ penultimate episode. Will we get anything as juicy as this scene in that hour? “Yes, actually, very, very juicy,” he says. “And I’m not just tryin’ to fan-flame.”
EW

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Inside that Eric-Jason ‘True Blood’ sex dream you can’t stop watching

We spoke separately with writer Kate Barnow, director Howard Deutch, and actor Ryan Kwanten for an oral history, if you will, of Jason’s much-anticipated—and so very Jason—sex dream about Eric (Alexander Skarsgard).

In episode nine last season, Eric fed Jason his blood to heal him in Vamp Camp telling him, “When you dream of me, dream of nice things.” In the season 6 finale, viewers watched Eric burst into flames while reading nude on a Swedish mountaintop when the effects of Warlow’s blood wore off following his death. Eric’s first appearance in season 7 comes as a dreaming Jason finds him in what Barnow describes as a Spanish pension (which was actually a home in California’s Simi Valley, where the crew spent one 12-hour day). And so the four-and-a-half minute sequence begins…

Ryan Kwanten: Alex and I would really only see each other in table reads once every two weeks at best [over the years], and we always would end up talking at the end of a table read about how we never work together. [Laughs] I guess finally the writers wanted to put us together, and this was the end result.

Kate Barnow: We knew we owed an Eric-Jason sex dream from last season, and it just happened to fall into episode 2. It was the luck of the draw, but I was not sad when I received it. At all. [Laughs] The real question was how we would approach it because historically with the men-with-men sex dreams, they’ve just been sort of straight sex—no subtext—and we wanted to do something a little different with this one. Ryan, Alex, Howie the director, and I sat down together and talked through the scene, probably a good month before we shot it, just to kinda get the juices flowing about it, because we knew it was gonna be epic, but we didn’t know exactly what it was gonna look like.

Howard Deutch: Bucky [showrunner Brian Buckner] and Kate asked me for my input, and I felt like the more ownership of the scene I gave Alex and Jason, the more they’d be able to channel it. So it wouldn’t be me being a puppeteer or them just acting, they could be it. This is Jason’s dream, so Alex kept saying, “Well, you tell me what to do, Ryan. It’s your dream.” And Ryan would go, “Well, I don’t know. What do you want to do?” It started like that until Alex said, “Well, you know, I could f–k him or I could kill him. I’m not sure.” And out of that came the notion that there’s violence in the eroticism. There’s a sense of, What is gonna happen here? It’s not just romantic. It’s dangerous as well.

Kwanten: We wanted a very to and fro scene—much like a seesaw, where I would take the power base, then suddenly he would, then I would slowly gain it back, and then suddenly he would. We wanted that constant elastic-band-being-pulled type of feel.

Barnow: We wanted to make it feel like, “Oh, maybe, in Jason’s subconscious, he’s had feelings for Eric in ways that we’ve never known.” I personally feel like the character Jason Stackhouse has probably always really admired Eric Northman from afar: Like if I was vampire, that’s the kind of vampire I’d be. The writers have always had—I think it was actually really Bucky who’s always had—this idea that Jason was a big fan of James Bond. So I had it in my mind that Eric would be making a martini, because Jason, of course, would fantasize about that. It was not actually discussed whether the martini glasses would be oversized—it was just our genius prop master Tom [Cahill] who came up with these glasses that, in fact, look like they’re as big as Jason’s head. [The reaction to Eric’s long pour] was all Ryan. They were having so much fun with it. We really had a hard time remembering that it was supposed to be a love scene, but they straddled the line perfectly: One minute was just pure burning desire, and the next minute we were all just dying laughing from the things they were doing.

The physicality of it was really those two actors bringing their A game. They came up with all that stuff. They really believed that there would be a sort of masculine component to it because of who they both were. In talking through it all, Eric’s not the kind of character that’s used to having his belt taken off, but Jason’s goin’ for it.

Deutch: My favorite part isn’t in the final cut. When he rips Eric’s belt off, he snapped it like a whip.

Barnow: So then Eric would have to get kinda rough with Jason. But then maybe he was getting rough with him because he was feeling turned on. They just had a real sensibility about how their characters would act in that moment, and it led to this hilarious tackle.

Deutch: Ryan came up with that. Ryan was like, “I need to tackle him. That’s gonna turn Jason on.” I was like, “Got it, okay.”

Barnow: We didn’t want to shy away from what a real love scene would look like with them. And of course, when it got hot and erotic, I was like, “Oh god, the entire crew is looking at me and thinking that this is my fantasy life.” That was the one problem with writing the scene. But it’s not like anyone instructed them on how to play the actual love scene—that was all them. And they had a great time doing it.

Deutch: All I know is after it was done and the producers and HBO all looked at it, they said they felt I oughta do more porn films. I’d love to take credit, but I can’t. It’s all those guys. They just played it for the truth of what their characters felt, and so they made love. We just had two cameras going on them, and panning and groping—they’re both gorgeous guys and they have amazing bodies, so it’s not that difficult to do that.

Barnow: I co-wrote the episode where Eric and Sookie have their first kiss that’s not a dream in season 3, so that was exciting. But there’s kinda nothing more delicious than being in a fire-burning, candlelit bedroom with Eric Northman and Jason Stackhouse and watching what unfolds. It was as fun as it could have been, and I may or may not have said to the boys, “If my career ended tonight, I’d be fine.” [Laughs] I think they looked at me like I really, really needed to just stop talking. But it was a good time.

Deutch: Did she tell you this story? I probably shouldn’t tell you this, but I don’t care. All the girls have major understandable crushes on Alex. We were doing the scene, and at a certain point, Kate came up to Alex to tell him about a line change, and as she was telling him, he started to play the part with her, and he looked in her eyes and connected with her, and she started to swoon. I had to catch her. It was hilarious. I’m not making it up. It’s true.

Bonus bits:

• Barnow encourages us all to revel in this scene because it’s the only Jason-Eric sex dream we’ll get.

• She hopes they make a gag reel of Jason’s reaction when he wakes up in the church. “The 20 or so ways that Ryan falls onto the pew are some of the best physical comedy I’ve ever seen in my life,” Barnow says.

• The first thing dream Eric says in the scene to Jason—”You found me”—is what real Eric says at the end of the episode to Pam, when she finds him, sick with Hep-V, in France’s Rhone Valley. “You will get some sense of why that is such a scandalous place for him to be holing up in episode 3,” Barnow says.

• Remember that Jason told Eric that a real island doesn’t need so much space to think. “It actually speaks to more of what Jason’s emotional journey is gonna be for the season,” Barnow says. “Potentially what he says in that dream has something to do with what he’s gonna want later.”

• Kwanten believes Jason does care about Violet. “I think there’s feelings there, fascination there, a fondness there, and also a really bizarre level of intrigue, too,” he says. “This is a woman with enormous history behind her, so he can’t help but be entertained, for lack of a better word.”

• We will get to see Jason in Rambo mode again. “Oh yeah,” Kwanten says, with a laugh. “He has a couple of bouts. You won’t be disappointed.”

• Well, unless you’re hoping to see Kwanten in that True Blood musical that’s in development, should it ever make it to the stage. “You don’t want to hear me sing,” he promises. But as for what he’d expect Jason to belt: “Something he could fist-pump to, a return to ’90s rock anthems,” he says.

• Tara’s return in Lettie Mae’s V-fueled hallucination was not for the faint of heart. Rutina Wesley spoke in tongues, perched on a cross off the ground, with a live snake. “She spent many, many hours with that snake around her,” Barnow says, “and that snake was being wrangled, but that snake also loved her and would go anywhere on her body. So she would be in the middle of a take, and it would somehow crawl up and be between her legs and she’d be like, ‘Okay, it might be time to cut.’ So she was incredible in that scene.”

• When we spoke with Deutch on June 26, he was directing episode 709, the series’ penultimate episode. Will we get anything as juicy as this scene in that hour? “Yes, actually, very, very juicy,” he says. “And I’m not just tryin’ to fan-flame.”

EW

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Alexander Skarsgard as Eric Northman in True Blood Season 7, Episode 2:  I Found You.

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