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the release of BORG/MCENROE in the UK, Stellan has been doing a
number of interviews. You can read the first one with Culture Whisper
at this link. Obviously,
Stellan didn't have to endure the rigorous tennis training that Gudnason
and LaBeouf went through but he did have to endure wearing a bald cap in
order to simulate Bergelin's comb-over. "It was horrible!" he laughs,
"It was in hot sunshine. We shot two weeks of tennis in Prague. The bald
cap got more and more filled with sweat. They had to drain it now and
again, and it was really disgusting! It was like sapping trees!"
Like the tennis players, Stellan
also became famous as a teenager, as the title role in the Swedish
TV-series "Bombi Bitt och jag" before Hollywood and English-language
projects beckoned, so the spotlight that the tennis stars lived under
was familiar territory for him.
He shared, "The problem with fame
is if you try to live up to the expectations of society and the media
and everything, then you will ruin your life, so throughout my career
it's been very important for me to make sure that nobody thinks I'm
better than I am. I sort of deflate anything that resembles that because
eventually it will kill you."
4-minute video interview with Stellan by The Upcoming at the
And some new publicity stills from
On his role as Bill in the sequel
to "Mamma-Mia", he said, "They’ve started shooting and I got through the
humiliation of singing one of the songs in front of [ABBA star] Benny Andersson when we recorded it. I saw the pain in his eyes and his ears
and in his face when I was slaughtering an ABBA song." Stellan admits he
was no fan back in the 70s. "When ABBA had the 'Waterloo' song out, you
heard it on the radio ten times a day every day for months. I hated it!
It wasn't my kind of music and I was too artsy-fartsy and snobbish to
succumb to ABBA."
reported last Sunday, eldest son Alexander won an Emmy for "Big Little
Lies" and he was happy to share the evening with his mom. More photos of
the twosome. As a mother of five sons as well, I can certainly relate to
her "pride and joy".
Alexander's first Emmy nomination for his role in HBO's adaptation
of the Liane Moriarty novel BIG LITTLE LIES and he won last
night! I, for one, was certainly thrilled that
he nabbed it because his performance as the abusive husband to Celeste,
played by Nicole Kidman (who also won), was worthy of this recognition.
In his speech, he thanked his mother for coming to the ceremony and
added, "And thanks for giving birth to me. That was pretty cool as
well." It was great seeing My Skarsgård
in the audience looking very proud of her eldest son. Congratulations to
Alex! You were so awesome in that role! Stellan must be very proud as
September 14th, Stellan was in London attending the premiere of
BORG/MCENROE with director Janus Metz and
co-star Sverrir Gudnason. You can watch a video of their arrival at this
31 European countries represented, the list of 51 feature films selected
for European Film Awards 2017 has been announced. In the coming
weeks, the more than 3,000 members of the European Film Academy will
vote for the nominations in several categories. The nominations will be
announced on November 5
at the Seville European Film Festival. The presentation of the
winners will take place on December 9 in Berlin. Among the 51 films is
a Stellan Skarsgård
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The film just opened in Sweden.
Jan-Olov Andersson of Aftonbladet writes, "What makes this movie hit so
hard is Skarsgård's ability to cast so much life into a cultural man
that he becomes engaged in his destiny, even though he is largely an
egoistic dirtbag who wants to have his cake and eat it too when it
applies to women. He loves his wife, but curiosity cannot make him
forget about the past romance... Skarsgård is as multifaceted as in the
Netflix series River"
I posted a
gallery of photos taken during
the Toronto Int'l Film Festival. You can also see video interviews with
Stellan at these two links:
BORG/MCENROE opened the Toronto
International Film Festival with a press conference this afternoon
and a premiere screening in the evening. Chcck out the photos
at this link.
The photo below shows Stellan with
Björn Borg's son Leo, who played the younger Borg in the film. In an
interview with Sveriges Radio, Stellan admitted, "I could not claim to
play 'Labbe" as he really was." He said he was so embarrassed when he
had finished the role of coach Lennart Bergelin, that he called his
widow Rose Marie and in principle said "sorry". She responded, "Oh,
that's no documentary" which freed him from that responsibility. Stellan
continues, "Lennart, Björn and his wife Mariana lived a spartan,
intimate, but also busy life together, while Björn was a great world
star. It fascinated me a lot."
Brothers Gustaf and Alex
joined Bill on the red carpet on Tuesday for his premiere of
Stephen Kings' IT, in which Bill plays a terrifying clown called
Pennywise. The premiere took place at Hollywood's TCL Chinese Theatre.
Producer Barbara Muschietti said. "We auditioned literally hundreds of
potential Pennywises and it was an amazing process. We got to audition
people that don't audition anymore and a huge gamut of talent: women,
younger age, older age. We really went through the spectrum of actors.
Bill came in and blew our socks off, because he was doing his very own
interpretation of Pennywise, very erudite...very, very familiar with the
novel and with Pennywise in the novel, which for us was a huge help,
because we went in the casting process with the book in mind. We read
the novel when we were teens, we saw the miniseries much later in the
game, so Tim Curry's performance is extraordinary but that is not
necessarily what we link to Pennywise immediately. For us, the Pennywise
is the Pennywise in the book, which is quite different. Bill gave an
amazing performance in all his screen tests. Because [the character is]
a shape shifter, we wanted to make sure that he could play in different
grades, right? And he did. He's amazing. And what's even more amazing is
that he kept the character very unpredictable, and that's what scares us
the most,when you don't know what way he's going to go."
Here are a few photos showing how
unfazed Bill was with his brothers hamming it up for the camera.
From Gentleman's Quarterly:
Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård
has a number of sons, at least three of whom are actors: Gustaf (36),
Bill (27), and Alexander (41). But this isn't an old-timey Swedish
folktale. It's a story about a stylish family. All three sons descended
on the red carpet last night to celebrate the youngest Skarsgård’s
new movie, It, in which he plays a most terrifying Pennywise. All three
men stand 6’4” tall and have sparkling Siberian Husky eyes, and all
three can wear a suit damn well, too. If you haven’t exactly snapped out
of cargo-shorts mode just yet, the photo of these three standing
together looking like they’re about to storm down a runway and/or
annihilate a pitch meeting should help.
But this isn't just thanks to some recessed Skarsgård
suit-wearing gene. There’s a more practical lesson here: the three
brothers represent three different, all equally respectable ways to suit
up right now.
Gustaf is the minimalist in the group, accessorizing his slim dark suit
with nothing but some chest hair and a signet ring. If you want to look
like the guy who signs the checks, follow his lead. Bill’s layered-up
Prada look, meanwhile, is the ultimate young-guy fashion play—what to
wear when you’ve got (or want) the top job in a creative field. Given
that Alex is the oldest—and the most famous—it seems fitting that he
played the part of the superstar. His double-breasted Ermenegildo Zegna
Couture suit even manages to steal some attention away from Bill’s
out-there ‘fit, which says a lot. Want to look like you're on a
first-name basis with the oldest, coolest tailors in all of Italy? Peak
lapels are your answer.
But the Skarsgårds aren't just
one-suit ponies. They're ready and willing to out-dress you in other
style arenas, too. Bill’s ‘fit on Jimmy Kimmel yesterday—a soft leather
bomber, not-too-skinny black jeans, and suede boots—is the kind of
off-duty style that outclasses vacation shirts and graphic tees. If you
want to give onlookers chills when you walk by, wear this exact outfit,
down to the not quite blacked out shades. That, and find a day job that
involves you playing a child-eating clown.
confirmed that he will be joining the original cast for the sequel,
MAMMA MIA: HERE WE GO AGAIN. The new film will be written and
directed by Ol Parker and will include a soundtrack of Abba songs not
featured in the original movie. The location will be on the Greek island
of Kalokairi. The sequel is scheduled for a July 20, 2018 release.
Stellan doesn't sound too enthusiastic commenting that he will have to
undergo degrading song and dance exercises again when people will laugh
and wife Megan attended the premiere of Ruben Ostlund's film, "The
Square" this week. Winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes, the screening
was held at the Rigaletto Cinema in Stockholm.
son Bill has concluded a deal to voice Moomintroll in the newest
addition to the Moomin films MOOMINS AND THE WINTER WONDERLAND
alongside his father. As reported previously, Stellan, who will
executive produce the film, will voice Moominpappa and Alicia Vikander
will voice Sorry-oo and Little My. Bill told the press, "So excited to
be a part of this lovely project and bringing Tove Jansson fantastical
world to the big screen. I grew up with my mom and dad reading Moomin
and their adventures to me at bedtime, so it will not be the first time
I hear my dad voice 'Moominpappa.'" The film follows the success
of Filmkompaniet's previous project, Moomins and the Comet Chase
(with voice cast including Max von Sydow, Alexander Skarsgard, Mads
Mikkelsen, Stellan Skarsgard and Peter Stormare) which was released in
3D and distributed in over 80 countries, including USA, UK, France,
Japan, China, Brazil and Australia.
March 16th of this year I posted news of Stellan's participation in the
Czech film, THE PAINTED BIRD, based on Jerzy Kosinski’s
bestseller. Filming took place that month but Stellan's scenes were
filmed recently over two days. Directed by Václav Marhol, the film also
has cast German actor Udem Kiere and American actor Harvey Keitel.
Stellan plays a German lieutenant and said he accepted the role seven
years ago when Marhol approached him about the story, adding, "I know
how hard these films are born today, so I decided to join."
The dramatic story is about a
small Jewish boy whom his parents hide from their relatives in the
country during WW II. In a hostile world he encounters fear, disdain and
cruelty. Marhol has decided on a black and white film. Wise man. What
would "The White Ribbon" have looked like in color?
In the breaks during filming,
Stellan enjoys the crew, listens to his colleagues and willingly takes a
selfie with his co-star, nine-year-old Petr Kotlár, who is most pleased
with Stellan's presence. "We are trying to communicate really bad
German, which is the only way we can talk together. But I think we are
doing well together," says Stellan.
The film is scheduled for a 2019
release. Here are more production photos:
will walk the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival
(TIFF). The Festival will open its 42nd edition with a world premiere of
Thursday, September 7th.
Directed by Janus Metz, the film, set to be released by Neon in North
America in 2018, stars Shia LaBeouf, Sverrir Gudnason and Stellan. Piers
Handling, Director and CEO of TIFF said, "Borg/Enroe has a
powerful tension about it that is on par with the electric energy of
Toronto on opening night."
LaBeouf plays tennis bad boy John McEnroe in the biopic about one of the
greatest sports rivalries of all time, as Borg/McEnroe traces the
long-running battle for supremacy in the tennis world between McEnroe
and Swedish star Bjorn Borg in the 1970s and 1980s. Swedish actor
Gudnason plays Borg and Stellan plays Borg's coach Lennart Bergelin.
The photos below show the three
leads attending the film press conference at Gothenberg, Sweden last
has lent his voice to a cartoon turtle in the animated film by Linda
Hambäck called GORDON AND
PADDY. Adapted from the book by Ulf Nilsson and Gitte Spee, the
story by Janne Vierthabout is about a police
turtle called Gordon, voiced by Stellan. Melinda Kinnaman and Felix
Herngren also do the main character voices. The animation is created by
Dockhus Animation with music by Martin Landquist. The film will premiere
in Sweden on December 22, 2017.
Director Volker Schlöndorff's
RETURN TO MONTAUK starring Stellan and
Nina Hoss opened in French theaters on June 6th. Sadly, there is still
no release date for the states. It'll open in Stellan's homeland on
September 15th. Here are the French critiques:
Praise for the film will obviously
depend on whether you're a romantic at heart. One French critic
discussed the ambience of the film. They wrote that this small fishing
village at the end of Long Island with the oldest lighthouse in the
United States gives the feeling of being in a timeless bubble,
especially when the two lovers return out of season to revive the flame
of their old passion. Add some gorgeous casting and an entire band of
strings and the film easily captures a beautiful and nostalgic story of
lost love and ghosts of the past.
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