|Stellan might be in "ARN"
- Afltonbladet (Swedish newspaper)
January 30, 2007
He's done roughly thirty Hollywood-movies since his
last Swedish film. But now Stellan Skarsgård, 55, is being considered
"I'm not excluding anything. But first I want to read
the latest script," he says.
The greatest international star in the country
finally has nothing on his scheduele. That's why he's hanging around the
Gothenburg Film Festival this week. Holding a Master Class about acting
in front of an audience tonight. Doing press with director Milos Forman
for "Goya's Ghosts" later this week. Meeting friends and spending time
with actor son Alexander, also on location in Gothenburg.
How do you look upon this journey with the career abroad? What has been
right and wrong?
"Ten percent is really good, ten percent of the movies is crap, and the
rest are sliding around in the middle. But I don't regret anything. Even
the things that turned out bad can prove to be a learning experience."
Is it true you turned down two of the great masterpieces in motion
picture history, "Star Wars" and "Lord Of The Rings"?
"Well, it was mostly about them asking. For "Star Wars" they wanted me
committed several years beforehand, and it doesn't work like that for
me. And for "Lord Of The Rings" my agent asked me if I could imagine
spending the next two years in New Zealand. I couldn't..."
Haven't you ever considered moving abroad?
"Nah, I'm one of those people who enjoy a solidary society. I don't mind
paying a lot of taxes. I stand firmly against things like the current
privatization of hospital care."
Why no Swedish films during the past ten years?
"A few projects have been very interesting. I would've liked working
with Björn Runge, but that clashed with other jobs. And if I'm doing a
normal action film, I'd rather do it in America and get paid a whole lot
It's been speculated a lot lately about you and "Arn".
"Sometimes it seemed that the whole Skarsgård family would star in it. I
declined early when the script wasn't very good. Now I won't exclude
doing a part if the new manuscript has been improved. I'm waiting for
"Goya's Ghosts" is a historical drama that takes place in Spain during
the late 17th and early 18th century. Stellan plays the artist Francisco
de Goya (1746 - 1828).
"It was the whole package - a good script, director and co-stars (Javier
Bardem and Natalie Portman) - that got me to do it. Milos Forman knows
what he's talking about. He doesn't intellectualize in vain. We talked
more about where we'd grab some dinner at the evenings."
While shooting in Madrid Stellan gained nearly 22 pounds.
"The studio had great food. I didn't have to wear the
fat suit for more than the beginning of the shoot.
When we're about to split up after an hour, Stellan
says (with a bit of pride), "Did you notice something about me? I don't
After three packs a day he finally quit for good a
"Now I use snuff. It's too hard when smoking isn't
allowed anywhere. And they told me it's dangerous too..."
[Kindly translated by Robin Solsjö