October 25, 2010
Reporter Anna Lindberg of Stockholm
meets Stellan Skarsgĺrd.
He is one of the most successful actors, including films such as
"Mamma Mia" and
"Pirates of the Caribbean".
On the way to fame, he has turned down many roles, but also accepted
what he calls "dirty movies". But he
emphasizes that he does not regret anything. He says,
"Life is full of nonsense and difficulties, otherwise it is not a
is broken up in a smile and greets me with a
firm handshake when we meet on the south side of Stockholm. On the table
between us is a pile of books, among them the
screenplay for the film being shot now - The
Girl With The Dragon Tattoo", which is the U.S. version of the first
"We have just started
filming it and will last for eight months, "he says.
Stellan never goes on auditions
for movie roles. He is often contacted by
agents who wonder if he is interested in a particular role.
"It's easy for me to get roles in the sense
that I get many offers. It is not because they are bad.
It may be that I do not have time.
Stellan says that that a role should feel
worthy to pursue.
"It should be
important, brave and different. It's fun to be join
dangerous productions that tests the
boundaries and where the ice is thin. It'll either
go to hell or it will be great," he says with
a twinkle in his eye.
He points out that he does not regret anything he had done,
not even "dirty movies", as he puts it, when he says that there
are things that can be learned
"Life is full of nonsense and difficulties;
otherwise it is not a rich life. It might hurt
a little," he says, smiling his mischievous
Stellan likes to do different kinds of movies.
"I think it's fun to do things that I have not
done before. As a musical, for example, that I never thought I would do.
But it was fun and different," he says.
He usually does not watch his own films, but sees them only at the
premiere and sometimes during filming.
"It is better to forget and move on,"
he says with a laugh.
Stellan usually does not get stuck in
his roles, but after shooting, he is himself
again. He believes that it has to do with the fact he comes from the
theater where he was
used to playing several roles
in one night. Yet,
he believes that roles can affect him.
"When I did "Hamlet",
I chose to make him moody. After the role, I
never got back my low irritation threshold, but now I can get pissed
quickly. It becomes a kind of scarring," he
says with a laugh.
Stellan broke into stardom at the age of 17 in
the TV series "Bombi Bitt"
when he became something of a teen idol. Since there was only one
channel, it had an incredible impact. But fame
has its flaws.
"It's not fun to be famous, especially not
when we are down. All eyes can corrode a person.
Stellan thinks the
public image of him is not far from who he is. He stresses that he lives
a normal life and that is where reality lies.
"I discovered very early on what is worth
something. Even if I go first class when I fly
to America, it's clear that it is comfortable.
But it is not worth anything really."
Despite the success in the U.S., Stellan will
not move there for good. He believes that Scandinavia is the best place
"I like the Swedish mentality. It is a
non-hierarchical society in which we treat everyone as equal."
He says he has had very few dreams in his life.
"I think I've had an incredible life.
Sometimes it has been difficult and painful,
as it should. There is no man I envy and whose life I would rather have
lived," says Stellan with a smile.
Full name: John Stellan Skarsgĺrd.
Born: June 13, 1951st
Family: Wife Megan Everett, seven children.
Lives: In the south of Stockholm.
Favorite music: All kinds of music as long as it's good.
Interests: cooking, changing diapers and everything else that a
Hidden talent: Is a good cook. I also have a great sense of smell.
Favorite movie: "Children of Paradise" by Marcel Carné made a big
impression on Stellan as a child.