About.Com Interview -
August 19, 2004
Stellan Skarsgård Talks About
"Exorcist: The Beginning"
In person, Stellan Skarsgård is an imposing figure. Friendly and frank,
in this interview from the World Premiere of "Exorcist: The Beginning",
Skarsgård addresses the differences between Paul Schrader and Renny Harlin's version of
Queston: What kind of research did you do to play the role of a priest?
I had a couple of meetings. Then between the first and the second one,
I read the Bible. The entire Bible.
Question: Did you study Max von Sydows performance?
No, I told them I cant do him. Hes good at doing him, Im bad at doing
him (laughing). [Doing a very good impression of von Sydow] No, then I should talk more
like this, and I cant.
Question: This movie was filmed twice. How does that change how you play the
It actually changed because its two different genres, its two different
films. I always sort of try to make my role work for the film, so I had to change the way
I acted in each.
Question: What was the major difference between how you played him the first
time, and how you played him in Renny Harlins version?
The first one was the psychological thriller where I went much darker and deeper. The
second one is lighter not lighter, but its not so concerned with the
characters psychological problems as the first one was, so its more about
making a horror film, the second one.
Question: Which one was more of a challenge for you as an actor?
I dont know. Every job is a challenge. Ive made about 60 films and Im
scared every time.
Question: Do you have a preference between the two versions?
No, not at all. Theyre different genres.
Question: What was it like working on this project?
It was fun, twice.
Question: Have you been approached yet by any fans of the original
No, not yet. I dont know if I will have to hide my face when I come out of here