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lot has been said recently about Stellan's lengthy time in the makeup
chair - up to six hours - for his Dune role as the greatly
rotund Baron. When he did the "Pirates" films as Bootstrap
Turner, he again had to endure hours of makeup. Stellan claims that
director Gore Verbinski had promised that all of his special-effects
makeup would be applied after the fact, via computer-generated imagery.
Though Bill Nighy was granted this option, shooting his scenes in a
sweatsuit covered with dots, every day Stellan sat patiently with two
makeup artists applying all those barnacles and whatnot. However, he did
admit, " I had the advantage of using my own face, but the disadvantage
of spending four and a half hours in makeup."
I believe Stellan has great
respect for the wonders that makeup artists perform. When he won his
Golden Globe for "Chernobyl", he announced, "Hair, prosthetics,
and makeup designer Daniel Parker, this trophy is dedicated to you!" And
when he played his overweight brother in the "Mamma Mia" sequel,
the makeup folks praised him with "He was a joy to work with - a
And that praise was reiterated a
couple days ago from the Swedish team that was assigned the task of
designing the Baron. The team consisted of Love Larson, Eva von Bahr,
Oskar Wallroth, Mattias Tobiasson and Hanna Holm.
Eva von Bahr explains, "Our
assignment was to cover the entire Stellan Skarsgård, but you would
still see that it was him. He would also be huge but still able to
levitate." Stellan's upper lip and nose would be his own. Bahr
continues, "When we were asked to work with Dune, I just
said, 'What is it?' But those we work with in the studio cheered
and said, 'It's like doing Darth Vader'."
The request came from the head of
the Dunes makeup department, Donald Mowat. From the beginning, he
just wanted help with a little make-up and a tummy. But the mission grew
"It was still completely crazy that we took on this, it was a huge job.
When we were going to do the test make-up and it took six hours, I just
thought, 'I can't stand it, just shoot myself, this is terrible'", says
Eva von Bahr.
After seven months of hard work in the small room on Kommendörsgatan in
Stockholm, it was time for filming in the summer of 2019. They had built
a special oven the same size as Stellan to be able to burn molds for the
suit. Love Larson drew and sculpted the figure and kept in touch with
"It was very complex. Harkonen's face consists of different parts in
silicone and for the body we created a thin skin of foam latex. In the
space between it and Stellan's body is a layer, which can be called a
'fat suit', which was sewn by seamstresses. Under the suit there was
room for a cooling suit with a pump with coolant." says Love Larson.
"When Denis Villeneuve looked at
Stellan after the first test make-up in Budapest and said, 'Oh my god, I
do love this make up'", says Eva von Bahr and continues, "Then we
received an order for six such suits. So when we sat on the plane home,
we thought that that would be a success but also a disaster."
Love Larson continues, "It was
difficult to admit that it was the world's largest filming. It was such
a huge construction. There we stood, a small team of Swedes and did our
thing. The funny thing about Stellan is that he is so fond of makeup. He
was really involved and demanded a lot from us as well.. Oskar Wallroth
adds, - "It's very fun to work with someone who is so knowledgeable"
All the body parts are presently
being stored in a warehouse in Budapest until it is (possibly) time for
part two of Dune.
header of the day -
opened in Norwegian theatres this past Wednesday and Filmweb.no featured
Stellan's role as Baron Vladimir Hakronnen with this photo. "Dune"
author Frank Herbert described the Baron as "so violent and enormously
fat that he requires anti-gravity equipment known as suspensions to
carry the weight". Stellan comments, "The character should first and
foremost be terrifying. The whole work consisted of giving him a
physicality that was different and dangerous and threatening." In a
recent interview with Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson, she was told
that Stellan thinks she is brilliant in the film. She responded, "Oh, my
God. He. Stellan's game. His appearance, he is grotesque, strangely
sexual and beautiful. He's amazing!"
I have a couple new photos to post. The first one is a publicity photo for
Women on the Roof") and was taken on August 31, 1988. He's not sporting
the mustache his character wore so I assume it was probably fake. This
is a role that won Stellan his second Guldbagge.
This second photo shows Stellan with
one of his favorite colleagues, Holly Hunter, at the premiere of
HARLAN COUNTY WAR in Los Angeles on June
6, 2000. They had the chance to appear together again the same year in "Timecode".
banner of the day -
week it seems as though every Skarsgård tumbler account has news
of Stellan's music videos from 1991 and 2011. If you're a fan, you
surely would have been aware of these videos with singers
Li and Eva Dahlgren. I can't tell if it's just one crazed fan that uses
multiple names or several with tumblr accounts who are obsessed with
regurgitating old news. I believe it was February 2011 when I posted
this info so it's been passed around for over ten years. I guess with
the pandemic a lot of folks have decided to take that government check
instead of work and have too much time on their hands.
an article on Monday at LeftLion Ltd, journalist Hanna Flint was asked
who has been her most interesting interviewee. She responded, "Stellan
Skarsgård. I interviewed him for The Painted Bird. That movie is
four hours of pain - I do not recommend it! But I really enjoyed
speaking to him, because he had a really dirty sense of humor. I was
laughing so much the whole time." Empire magazine published Ms.
Flint's interview which you can read here.
I never quoted her in the film's reviews as she reacted with a typical
feminine response writing, "But even with its aestheticizing filter of black and
white, The Painted Bird is a bleak marathon of torture porn that
is exhausting to endure." For some reason the UK edition (partial page)
used a picture of Stellan from one of his press conferences while the
Australia/Asia edition used one from his "Hope" photo shoots. Ms. Flint
posted that one on Twitter and chose to blur the page.
In this intervew, Stellan is asked if he's ever walked out of a
film and he admits to having fallen asleep during "Looking for Mr.
Goodbar" (1977), one of my favorite Diane Keaton films. Nominated for
two Oscars, the film also boasts an awesome performance by a very young
Richard Gere. In the 73 years I've been going to the movies, there was
only one time I actually fell asleep - and that was during "The
Avengers" (1998). I think I'm excused for a movie that only received 5%
on the Rotten Tomato Meter.
Finally a film page for
SAVIOR! Set in 1993, this war drama about the
Bosnia conflict does not feature a major role for Stellan although he
cuts a striking figure in his uniform and beret. After a few
minutes into the film, he gets killed by a hand grenade and poor
Natassja Kinski gets killed even quicker. Some critics questioned the
throwaway roles for both Stellan and Natassja. Wasted talent! The film
had a limited release in both Los Angeles and New York theaters in late
1998 in hopes of earning an Oscar nomination for Dennis Quaid, who
plays the starring role as a mercenary soldier. But the movie drew such little attention that
it made its debut in the rest of the country on tape on April 20 the
following year. Derek Elley of Variety wrote, "Onscreen virtually
the whole time, and never once relaxing his features into
the trademark grin, Quaid is immensely impressive as a man
who has jettisoned everything in an attempt to erase the
past and restart from zero; it’s not an easily likable
performance, but it’s undoubtedly a career highlight."
I haven't seen any of Quaid's films in the past 20 years,
but he performed well in "The Big Easy" (1986) and
especially as Jerry Lee Lewis in "Great Balls of Fire"
the many fan sites for Bill is billskarsgardsource.com - creative
banner of the day - "And all day and all night and everything he sees is
just blue" ...Eiffel 65
previously reported, Stellan's next acting gig will be a minor role in
the Ran Huang-directed film "What Remains", which starts
production in Finland in November. He will play a policeman named Soren.
The script has been co-written by his Ohio-born wife Megan and Chinese
artist Huang, who has been described as a multidisciplinary artist,
known for his painting, sculpture, drawing and film work. This film
would mark his debut as a feature film director though he drew attention
with a short film that was selected for the Palme d'Or at Cannes in
2014. I found the poster seen below on a Chinese web site featuring
recent news on Huang.
The film was supposed to have been
shot last year, but plans were canceled after stakeholders from the
Chinese film industry withdrew due to the pandemic. Stellan commented,
"It is difficult to finance smaller films nowadays."
Megan's entrance as a screenwriter to the cinema universe has certainly
been made possible through her marriage into the internationally famous Skarsgård family.
She reminds me of
Swiss actor/director/photographer Vincent Perez's wife Karine Silla. She
too was able to fulfill her dreams of becoming a screenwriter, director
and novelist. It helped that Karine was married to France's heartthrob,
had a child by Gerard Depardieu and had a sister who married
producer/writer/director Luc Besson, who could offer aid in financing
her film projects, such as Un Baiser Papillon. In that case, in order to
stay within budget limitations, Karine enlisted some of her family as
actors in her film - her husband. two children and ex-lover Depardieu.
Megan has engaged both her husband
and stepson Gustaf in "What Remains". It was originally announced that
the female role would be played byVicky Krieps, who received her
breakthrough in Phantom Thread; however, we'll have to wait to see if
she will be available a year later.
You may remember that about ten
years ago Megan hosted a food and wine web site called
LoveFoodShare and made several videos that you can still view at
youtube.com. Reading through her CV, I noted that she began Viken
Productions in 2009 when Stellan announced he would executive produce
the English-language feature film adaptation of late journalist Stig
Dagerman's "German Autumn". Viken Prods optioned the rights to the book
from Dagerman's estate. Megan announced, "We are extremely proud to work
with such an important collection of war journalism, and to take on the
daunting talk of bringing the ideas of such a treasured Swedish writer
to a larger international audience." There has been no follow-up as to
why this project did not move forward.
In the past ten years Megan wrote
two children's stories, which were translated into Swedish and published
by Norstedts Förlag. Though she is credited with writing a screenplay
for "Fisher of Souls" and as co-writer for "The Vault", "The Sport of
Kings" and "Ringmen", all of these scripts remain in development. The latter
project takes place in rodeo circles in the USA and expectations are
that Hans Petter Moland would direct with Stellan, Gustaf and Bill among
the cast. Perhaps someday...
I reworked the film page for JIM OCH
PIRATERNA BLOM (1987) and added several more images. The
film ended up being quite a family affair. First of all, it was
co-written by Stellan with the film's director Hans Alfredson with the
story based on a cartoon strip. Not only did both of them also star in
it but Stellan gave his wife My and toddler son Sam cameo roles. You can
watch the entire film (minus English captions) at this
youtube link, but their cute scene is at the very beginning
about 3 1/2 minutes into the film.
It's understandable why Stellan
appears in the film as the ghost of Jim's dead father in full chef
costume. Knowing what a foodie he is, it was probably his idea. You'll
laugh watching him in the kitchen showing his son how to sharpen knives
or chop up onions. Personally, I think this is one of Stellan's silliest
performances and it's fun to watch his slapstick antics. In March of
this year, Netflix offered it in several European countries so it's
still considered a worthy film for both young and old audiences to
come across several Skarsgård family
headers created by fans. The one I'm sharing today of Alexander is
aesthetically splendid! One of the best!
& son - Artwork by Duong Dam
Following in the footsteps of
his father - It was 24 years ago when Stellan had a guest appearance
in director Lars Von Trier's Danish TV mini-series "Riget" (aka
The Kingdom) playing advocate Stig Helmers. According to Swedish media,
son Alexander has a minor role as an attorney in the final series called
"Riget Exodus". Trier’s series about a
haunted ultramodern hospital in Copenhagen
ran from 1994 to 1997 with the two seasons
consisting of a total of eight episodes. The
Danish director would have liked to continue the story with a third
season, but in the meantime several protagonists died, so Trier
abandoned the plan. More than two decades later, however, the
opportunity to continue arose again, and now Trier’s production company,
Zentropa, has announced that the third, finishing season will be
completed in five installments. The series is scheduled to be unveiled
on Viaplay in 2022. The following publicity
photo was featured at moviezine.se. Yes, that's actor Mikael Persbrandt
who will be playing one of the physicians.
in the process of updating film pages since some have not been touched
since they were first created as far back as 17 years ago. Today I
worked on ÅKE OCH HANS VÄRLD.
most of you know, this was Alexander's debut into the cinema world. He
didn't nab the lead role, but as Åke's best friend Kalle Nubb, the
seven-year-old showed he had screen presence. That was
over 37 years ago in 1984. The IMDB has the film's US premiere at
the Chicago International Film Festival in October 1985, but this
information is erroneous because it actually premiered earlier that year
in April at the San Francisco International Film Festival.
Stellan had a minor role in the
film as a character named "Ebenholtz, a recluse who occasionally comes
out of the shadows to talk about his murderer-father while he himself
does his level best to look like Boris Karloff on an off-day." That
description comes from Variety journalist Keith Kellar. Since Stellan had a history of working with
director/actor Allan Edwall, we have to assume
"Dad" was instrumental in Alexander landing this role. Stellan and Allan
had just finished two productions the previous year just before casting
began. There is a clip with Alex from the film with English captions at
The little boy named Martin
Lindström who starred as
Åke did not go on to a stellar
acting career like his co-star. He made only two other feature films,
both starring Stellan within a three-year period. He was adorable with
youtube interview with the cast of DUNE with the actors
in their respective hotel rooms while in Venice. Stellan had some
interesting comments about his Baron character but host Jake Hamilton is
a bit over the top for my tastes.
Warner Bros. Studios
has released a new featurette for the film
revealing more footage from the movie and clips from behind the
scenes of its production. Director Denis Villeneuve and the film’s stars
offer insights regarding key characters and the roles they play
within their respective factions. Check out this
Though the film will be released
in most of Europe a week before its theatrical release here in the
states, it will have its US premiere on October 7, 2021 at the New York
Film Festival. Its North American premiere will take place this Saturday
at the Toronto International Film Festival.
night Stellan and his wife attended a Valentino party at Venice's
famous hot spot - Harry's Bar. The event was thrown in celebration of
Zendaya, a Valentino Ambassador, who also stars in DUNE.
Note that each of them is holding
a mask in their hand. Good for them! I also found a video of Stellan
with his DUNE cast at the premiere. This photo is not that clear since I
captured it from a miniscule video. He appears to be the only one
wearing a mask. Better to be safe than sorry!
surfaced today of Stellan staying on in Venice and now we finally have
proof that wife Megan is with him. Thoughts for the day - I can't figure
out why she favors kaftans, usually saved for much larger women or
Indian women. I am beginning to realize that her gray hair is not
natural and I can understand the reason is probably to bridge the age
gap. I'm not sure I've ever seen Stellan with an iPhone in his hand and
I salute him for that though he probably has one tucked away in his pant
pocket if you look closely at the photo. I like that he's holding
I admire Stellan for his tolerance
and kindness toward the paparazzi and his fans, generous with the
autographs. Love that smile!
can watch the DUNE red carpet coverage at this
youtube link. For more photos from Venice, check out the
Updated 4:10 pm
and Megan will be returning to Stockholm tomorrow after spending
three days at the Marriott Hotel. It's just been announced that our
Swede has captured another award. This time it's an Italian cultural
award, which goes to someone who has often filmed in Italy or in
other ways has had good relations with the Italian film industry.
The prize is called the Premio Internazionale Cinearti Chioma di
Berenice. Other recipients have been Oscar-winning photographer
Vittorio Storaro and director Abel Ferrara. Stellan will place his
new award in his office where he stores all his others. He comments,
"I did not know that I have contributed to Italian culture, but I
have, of course, filmed at their studio Cinecitta several times. I
am very honored." He, however, can't help but joke that "it is a
prize for those who will soon die."
He tells the press that he
will be headed to Finland in November for the film "What Remains",
written by his wife and helmed by Chinese director Ran Huang.
Production has previously been delayed due to the pandemic. The film
is about the dependent relationship between doctor and patient. Son
Gustaf has the main role with Stellan in a minor role.
past week Valter attended the Stockholm premiere of a new series,
"Två systrar" (Twin Sisters), which will premiere tomorrow on Viaplay.
These two photos show him with actress Roshi Hoss - one at the premiere
and the other an older shot. Valter is definitely more handsome as a
blonde. His comment on the premiere photo was "I love
that I’m stone cold sober and
this was at like 7pm but I look like I’m at the end of a 3 day bender".
Yeah, you got that right, kiddo! Get rid of that hat!
our first photo of Stellan arriving on a beautiful day in Venice. The
DUNE cast are all staying at the luxury hotel JW Marriott Venice
Resort & Spa on the island of Isola delle Rose in the lagoon. His wife
Megan has accompanied him.
Stellan complains about these arrangements saying, "It's damn
boring. You want to hang out at Hotel Excelsior... During the day, I
will mostly sit in my hotel room in front of a TV screen and do digital
interviews with journalists around the world." Stellan says he does not
think he will attend the press conference today. Not everyone gets a
place on the podium and his role as Baron Vladimir Harkonen is quite
small though important. The red carpet gala premiere will be held
Stellan flew to Budapest a couple
times for the shoot and worked a total of ten days with several hours in
makeup alone. He says, "They made a suit that is like a silky nightgown
over the naked body suit, which weighs 40 kilos. You will see that it
is me, but with a huge body. It's not a character with a deep
psychological mind, but it's fun to visually try to create someone who
might be unforgettable."
press conference and photo call were held this afternoon without Stellan.
You can watch a video of the press conference at this
youtube link. In the photo below is director Denis Villeneuve
with actors Javier Bardem, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Timothée
Chalamet, Oscar Isaac and Josh Brolin.
the Hollywood Reporter: "Reviews won't
be out until after the film's official world's premiere tonight, but
early buzz emanating from the first press screenings has taken the Lido
by storm... Marvin Wiechart of Germany’s Yorck Kinogruppe cinema chain
said the film was 'out-of-this-world in every sense of the word and a
theatrical experience unlike any other.''
However, Brian Truitt of USA Today
wrote that the film "is an odd bird and a mixed bag". He continued,
"'Dune is impressively ambitious in scale, like Villeneuve mashing up
the worlds of 'Star Wars' and 'Game of Thrones,' but with that
unmistakable signature style he showcased with 'Arrival' and 'Blade
Runner 2049'. While the film has a lot going for it, including a pretty
stellar cast, real-world metaphors and an intriguing twist on a
war-movie aesthetic, it's lacking in character development and aspects
of the book's substantial mythology are tossed in to keep your head
swimming over 2½ hours... Even with its imperfections, 'Dune' as an
experience is awesome, with astounding special effects, great production
design and a propulsive Hans Zimmer score." Truit describes Stellan's
character as "a slovenly mix of Jabba the Hutt, Colonel Kurtz and the
Emperor from 'Star Wars'."
David Ehrlich of IndieWire,
describing the film as a "massive disappointment" points out that the
characters with less screen time make more of an impact, especially the
gluttonous robber-baron Harkonnen. He writes, "Stellan Skargård is the
undisputed MVP as Baron Harkonnen himself, whose performance finally
answers the question - What if 'The Island of Dr. Moreau'-era Marlon
Brando could fly."
1:40 PM -
First photo of Stellan on the red carpet -
PM - More photos are located in the
With 26 reviews already
in, Rotten Tomatoes scores DUNE with a score of
85%, which is a good sign that the film will do well at the box
From Alex Noble, The Wrap:
hailing Denis Villeneuve’s ambitious adaptation of Frank
Herbert’s 1965 novel as a transporting viewing experience —
but with about 100 asterisks attached, mostly pertaining to
the flatness of the screenplay and a lack of direction to
where this mission is exactly headed.
Steve Pond’s review
for The Wrap calls 'Dune' both 'dazzling and frustrating,
often spectacular and often slow. It’s huge and loud and
impressive but it can also be humorless and bleak,' adding
that 'it tries valiantly to address the problems of taking
on Herbert’s complex epic, which requires a director to
spend lots of time setting things up and explaining the
world before they can even get the damn thing off the
Scott Collura’s critique for IGN noted that the story
essentially 'ends at Act 2,' arguing that there’s 'a
shapelessness to the latter part of the movie that drags it
down and distracts from its beauty.'
Even the more positive reviews, like Leah Greenblatt’s for
Entertainment Weekly, admit that the film adaptation’s
handling of the complex plot is 'mostly prologue.'
Still, Greenblatt insisted that Villeneuve’s famous remarks
that watching 'Dune' on television would be like 'driving a
speedboat in your bathtub,' were not self-aggrandizing BS
but right on the money, hailing the flick as 'the kind of
lush, lofty filmmaking wide screens were made for; a sensory
experience so opulent and overwhelming it begs to be seen
big, or not at all.''
78th Venice Film Festival got underway yesterday with a slew of
Hollywood stars expected on the red carpet for the September 1-11 event.
According to Variety, the "entire 10-member cast" of Denis Villeneuve's
DUNE are headed to the Lido on Friday.
That obviously includes Stellan so I guess we can look forward to his
presence in Venice. And here I am 45 years ago enjoying my gondola ride
through the city's canals. Great memory!
Sunday, DUNE had an ultra hush-hush press screening at the
legendary WB parking lot. Journalist Jeffrey Wells managed to get three
anonymous critics to share their brief reactions on the film:
First Person: "I tend to like epically scaled movies, even flawed ones
or those that are hard to follow [as Dune] has a number of distinct
characters weaving in and out. What Dune viewers need to do, in other
words, is get themselves into a place in which 'flaws' don’t especially
matter and 'following the action' isn’t all that vital."
Second Person: "I loved Dune and went into something of a trance and was
mesmerized from beginning to end. Seeing it on a big screen was
fabulous, and I might well see it again sometime just for the immersive
Third person: "Dune‘s not bad. It just makes no sense. But that’s okay —
it’s a mood piece. Good to see if you’re really stoned. Greig Fraser‘s
cinematography is quite mesmerizing and you can coast along on that
aspect to your heart’s content. The plotting was too complex and it
seemed as if everyone was speaking some kind of foreign tongue. This
sense of being lost and adrift had not, to put it mildly, coagulated
into anything special."
has previously attended the Venice Film Festival several times, most
2009 for "Metropia", in 2014 for "Nymphomaniac" and in 2019 for "The
came across another well-designed banner for Alexander. Love
knowledgeable are you about the films Stellan has starred in? Have
you seen most of them? I've seen 62. Here's a quiz on his famous co-stars. Name the
film. The answers are at the bottom of this page right before the news
archive. Good luck!
| 1. Gerard Depardieu
2. Lauren Bacall
3. Salma Hayek
4. Uma Thurman
5. Sean Connery
6. Ben Kingsley
7. Daniel Day-Lewis
8. Matthew Modine
9. Tom Hanks
10. Robin Wright
11. Keifer Sutherland
12. Bruce Dern
13. Demi Moore
14. Matthew McConaughey
15. Cate Blanchett
was interested in how many films with Stellan had been screened at the
Cannes Film Festival and found these 7 films:
To my surprise, I wasn't aware of
"The Film Worker" shown in 2017. It's a biographical documentary
centered on the life and career of Leon Vitali and his working
relationship with film director Stanley Kubrick. Among those interviewed
was Stellan who knew Vitali as the assistant director for the 1985
Swedish TV production of "Hamlet".
"Leon had a lot of knowledge not only about filmmaking, but also about
literature and everything. And at the same time, he was a workhorse. Uh,
he'd do anything. I mean, he'd carry logs for you. Film workers are
slightly different than other people. And that goes for theater workers
too. They're usually there for the love. They work the worse hours.
They're usually not at home. And they do all this with a fantastic
capacity of creating a functioning social unit that is extremely
intimate within hours."
Stellan is asked - "Are you obsessive about creativity too?
"I don't know. I don't think about it. I am creative. I work a lot. And
when I'm not working, I'm cooking. And when I'm not cooking, I'm
fucking. It's all creative work. (Stellan laughing) I worked as an
assistant for a very, very good Swedish director in the Royal Dramatic
Theatre for several years. I did small roles in his plays. And I
assisted and did a lot of assistant work. And I loved it. And after a
while, you feel how he feels. You think how he thinks. And you learn to
see what's going on with his eyes. And that's a fantastic revelation as
I had a very small image of a 1992 issue of Cafe magazine featuring
Stellan on the cover. I can now post a much larger photo.
Bill's current film project has just begun shooting, according to
Variety. It's called "Burn All My Letters" based on Alex
Schulman's successful novel of the same name. It is a Swedish film
directed by Björn Runge, whose last
film "The Wife" (2017) I greatly admired. The story is described as a
fiery love drama about Karin Stolpe's complex relationship with her
husband Sven Stolpe (Skarsgård) and
her torrid afffair with Olof Lagercrantz. The film shows the impact of
jealousy, passion and anger across 70 years, involving different
generations. Sounds very appealing to me. The film is expected to
premiere in Swedish theaters in the fall of 2022.
years ago, I posted this information on a youtube.com video regarding
Stellan cooking nasi goreng - November 2, 2011 to be exact. Yes, this
archive of over 21,000 files is full of delightful trivia. If you google
the name "Stellan" and "nasi goreng", you will bring up
You may have caught the following
video on the Internet, but in case you haven't, you have to see it!
Follow this link. It's from Swedish TV back in 1987 and shows
Stellan preparing dinner for his family while also helping Alexander
with his homework. By the way, for those who may not be familiar
with nasi goreng, it's considered the national dish of Indonesia. The
fried rice dish was one of my favorite meals during the year I lived in
Holland. Stellan made my mouth water!
I like to eat my nasi goreng with
a loempia, always homemade in this house. If you live in New England,
try Tasya's Kitchen in Somersworth, NH. Yummy!
And here's more trivia - did you
know that Stellan was considered for the lead role in "Schindler's
List" (1993)? He would have been awesome! Would he have won an
Oscar? Probably not because Liam Neeson lost to Tom Hanks for his role
in "Philadelphia". What a bummer for Liam!
has given us a more detailed description of Stellan's role in
"The Baron speaks - 'The desert takes the weak. My desert. My Dune.' One
of the wealthiest members of the Landsraad, House Harkonnen is the
bitter rival of House Atreides. This sinister family is ruled by the
cruel, hedonistic Baron Vladimir Harkonnen. As Dune begins, House
Atreides has been granted control of Arrakis by the Emperor, displacing
House Harkonnen, who had controlled the harvesting of Spice for
generations. While Baron Harkonnen pretends to be outraged over losing
control of Arrakis to his rival, Duke Leto, in reality he hopes to use
the situation as an opportunity to destroy his enemy once and for all.
Actor Stellan Skarsgård endured hours of heavy makeup to transform into
the monstrous, morbidly obese Baron, who is strapped into "suspensors"
in order to move (or, more precisely, float) and literally lord over
other characters." You can watch the
at this link. I think the photo below is the best one so
far of Stellan.
TIFF has announced their
schedule and will screen DUNE several times beginning at noon on
September 11 at the Scotiabank Theatre in Toronto and again on 9/13 at 8
pm. It will also be screened at the Cinesphere IMAX Theatre on
9/11 at 7:15 pm, on 9/12 at 7:30 pm, and on 9/18 at 8 pm.
this summer announced that Alexander had joined the cast of
Brandon Cronenberg's new sci-fi thriller "Infinity Pool". My
first question is what cast? Production is about to begin in 9 days and
there still is no word on who else will join Alex. What we do know is
that the Canada-Hungary-France co-production has been stalled for a
couple years due to financial problems, which have now been resolved.
Based on an original screenplay written by Cronenberg,
the film will center on an rich couple named James and Em who take an
all-inclusive vacation on a picturesque island. Outside the hotel gates
is something dangerous and seductive which will give their vacation a
sinister turn. The film will be shot in Budapest, Hungary and the coast
of Croatia. Alex will also act as an executive producer. It is rumored
that Robert Pattinson was offered the lead role, but passed.
Did you know that Brandon is the
son of the famous David Cronenberg? OMG, he's directed so many films
that I've loved - "The Dead Zone" (1983) with Christopher Walken, "Dead
Ringers" (1988) with Jeremy Irons, "eXistenZ" (1999) with Jude Law,
"Spider" (2002) with Ralph Fiennes, and three Viggo Mortensen films - "A
History of Violence " (2005), "Eastern Promises" (2007) and "A Dangerous
Method" (2011). Except for "Spider", they're all available via streaming
this photo was used in 2014 by a European newspaper, I believe it's a
much younger Stellan. An unusually sexy shot!
was finally able to view Alexander's "Godzilla vs. Kong"
on HBO this week. I highly doubt this film will do anything positive for
any of the cast members except give them a paycheck. Alex did fine, as
usual, although I was almost embarrassed for him when he spewed out some
of this really dumb dialogue. With its ridiculous plot and lack of
character development and expected suspense, you have to rely simply on the CGI
effects for entertainment. I ask you why can't a summer blockbuster be
intelligent? Think of "Jaws", "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and the original
"Star Wars". As CGI has progressed over the years, the phrase "mindless
action movie" has surfaced. I long for the old school effects - those
glorious days of men in rubber gorilla suits! My biggest complaint is
the fact they stole from Spielberg's "E.T". We all loved the sweet
relationship between the little girl (played by Drew Barrymore) and E.T. and their
"phone home" connection. This time an eight-year-old does sign language
with Kong signaling "home". Shame on the writers!
When Alexander was asked why he signed onto the film,
he replied, "I did the 'Little Drummer Girl', which is a limited series
based on the John le Carré novel about conflicts in the Middle East, and
I had just come off 'Big Little Lies', two seasons of domestic abuse.
They were two of the most rewarding experiences of my career but also
really, really draining, really intense experiences. I was just craving
something fun and exciting. I hadn't done any big tent pole
matinee-style movies since 'Tarzan'." Okay, we'll forgive you, Alex.
is a unique photo taken in either late 2002 or early 2003 during the
filming of "Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist".
The translation of the caption says Stellan is in Rome taking an
opportunity to shop for such things as artichokes. He is happy with food
and happy cooking. In the evening he plans to cook osso buco for his
family and director Paul Schrader. Notice the dangling cigarette!
ANSWERS: City of Ghosts,
Dogville, Time Code, Nymphomaniac, The Hunt for Red October, The
Physician, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Wind, Angels & Demons, The
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Melancholia, The Glass House, Passion of
Mind, Amistad and Cinderella.