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“Tarzan” Sneak Peek

Sneak peek: ‘Tarzan’ puts a twist on a legend

Welcome back to the jungle, Tarzan.

Lots of action, adventure and apes are on tap for the next incarnation of the iconic Edgar Rice Burroughs character played by Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood) in The Legend of Tarzan (in theaters July 1). And for director David Yates, it was a way to return moviegoers to a wondrous Africa in a properly romantic way.

“They haven’t been there for an awfully long time,” says Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter films.

Legend takes a different approach to Tarzan than Burroughs’ 1910s writings, the 1930s Johnny Weissmuller movies and other pop-culture adaptations that focused on the man being raised by simians and becoming lord of the jungle. Instead, the movie finds John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, a decade removed from his home in the Congo and fully entrenched as a British gentleman in 1880s Victorian London, with his beloved wife Jane (Margot Robbie) by his side.

He’s left his African home behind — his early days are seen in flashbacks — but is constantly reminded of his earlier exploits and gets invited back as an emissary of Parliament. While hesitant at first, Tarzan eventually returns to the Congo, old friends as well as Jane are put in serious danger, and his latest cliff-jumping, vine-swinging story kicks off from there.

“It’s almost the opposite of the classic tale, where it’s about taming the beast,” says Skarsgård, 39. “This is about a man who’s holding back and slowly as you peel off the layers, he reverts back to a more animalistic state and lets that side of his personality out.”

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Alex Gets Chilly For Climate Change

Jack McBrayer and Alexander Skarsgard Get Chilly For Climate Change

The actors, IRL friends, boarded a Greenpeace boat and went to the Arctic to make a Funny Or Die series.

Actors Jack McBrayer (30 Rock) and Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood) are unlikely pals, as evidenced by their recent nine-day journey to the Arctic on a Greenpeace boat. The two—who are IRL friends—partnered with Funny Or Die to shoot a comedy series that follows their travels through one of the coldest places on Eartth. The idea is to highlight the pressing climate change issue and build support for Greenpeace’s “Save the Arctic” campaign, which aims to create a wildlife sanctuary in international waters around the North Pole and end to oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean. In the series, which premieres today, McBrayer and Skarsgard may be at odds with one another. But in conversation, the two come across like best pals.

Esquire: Were you guys friends before making this?
Jack McBrayer: Nope. Still aren’t.
Alexander Skarsgard: Well, we were before, but not so much anymore. We were incredibly close until we spent nine days together on a boat in bunk beds.
JM: He saw the worst of Jack McBrayer. He saw Jack McBrayer’s insides.
AS: I saw the inside of Jack McBrayer. And I got to smell the inside of Jack McBrayer.

How was this project pitched to you?
JM: I knew some people over at Funny Or Die and when they were talking about this project with Greenpeace one of my friends over there was like “You know what? Jack McBrayer hates the cold. Let’s send Jack to the North Pole!” I knew I could only do this if I had a buddy with me, and it turns out that Alex was interested. I figured he was so busy, but as soon as I sent the email I got back “YES!” And I was like “Oh no, what have I done?”

What made you say yes to Jack so quickly?
AS: Well, I’ve been a member of Greenpeace since I was a teenager. It was such an amazing opportunity to go up there and learn more about the campaign. And Jack and I are friends from Los Angeles and I’ve been trying to get him to come visit me in Sweden or travel. He’s very happy at his pool in Los Angeles and I was very happy when he said “I’ll consider traveling and going on a little adventure.”
JM: That is true. Alex is inherently adventurous. He’s been to the South Pole. This was just another trophy on his shelf. And it’s just not in my DNA. I just don’t have wanderlust.

Why does a comedy video series make sense for a serious subject like global warming?
JM: A lot of times we associate Greenpeace and climate change and shrinking polar caps with heavy-handed, weighty material. It’s somber stuff. But with Funny Or Die we thought we could put an interesting take on it. Make it a little more palatable, especially for young people who tune into the website.
AS: That was beautifully put, Jack.
JM: Thank you. I love you.

Alex, as someone who has traveled a lot what did you find compelling about this particular trip?
AS: I was really blown away by the crew members. It was such an amazing experience to be able to spend nine days on a boat with these Greenpeace people. Some of them were scientists and some were crew members working on the ship. Just to hear their stories, like what drew them to Greenpeace in the first place and what they’ve been through. Every single second of the day they work to save the planet, which makes me as an actor feel quite insignificant.
JM: And meanwhile here we are like “Hey, we’re going to do some funny videos on an ice floe so if y’all could stop the boat for a few hours we’d appreciate that.”

Will you continue working with Greenpeace?
JM: If they have me back. I left a great deal of vomit on their boat so our relationship may be over.
AS: But it was all organic.
JM: Yeah, it helped the Arctic.


Alexander to Star in “Mute”

Paul Rudd, Alexander Skarsgard to Star in Duncan Jones’ Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Mute’

Lotus Entertainment has come on board to handle international sales starting at the upcoming AFM

Paul Rudd (“Ant-Man”) and Alexander Skarsgard (“Tarzan”) are set to star in Duncan Jones‘ sci-fi thriller “Mute,” it was announced Tuesday.

Set in Berlin 40 years from now, “Mute” follows Leo Beiler (Skarsgard), a mute bartender who has one reason and one reason only for living here — and she’s disappeared. But when Leo’s search takes him deeper into the city’s underbelly, an odd pair of American surgeons (led by Rudd) seem to be the only recurring clue, and Leo can’t tell if they can help, or who he should fear most.

“Mute” is based on a script by Jones and Mike Johnson that was recently rewritten by Damon Peoples. The film will be produced by Stuart Fenegan under the Liberty Films banner he shares with Jones.

Lotus Entertainment has come on board to handle international sales at the upcoming AFM. CAA, which arranged financing for the film, is handling its domestic sale.

Lotus’ Bill Johnson, Jim Seibel, and Ara Keshishian will serve as executive producers on the film, which is slated to start production in March. Keshishian, the president of production at Lotus, negotiated the deal on behalf of the company.

“I’ve been working towards making ‘Mute’ for 12 years now. I cannot tell you how thrilled I am that we’re finally going to shoot this utterly unique film. The fact that I get to make it with Alexander Skarsgard and Paul Rudd makes it all the more exciting! ‘Mute’ is a film that will last. It is unlike any other science fiction being made today,” Jones boasted.

“We’re very excited to work with Duncan and Stuart. They are an immensely talented team that will surely deliver an exciting and cinematic film. Director Duncan Jones is a true visionary filmmaker and the real deal. It’s his caliber of talent that makes storytelling both visually exciting and captivating,” Seibel said.

“Bill, Jim and Ara share the same passion I do for building another vision of the future with Duncan. I look forward to going on this journey with them, and also reuniting with Sam Rockwell and composer Clint Mansell … can’t do sci-fi without Sam and Clint,” added Fenegan.

Skarsgard recently wrapped production on David Yates‘ “Tarzan” for Warner Bros. and is represented by CAA. Rudd just completed “Captain America: Civil War” for Disney/Marvel and is represented by UTA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.


Alexander Skarsgard: 9 Things You Need To Know

Alexander Skarsgard: 9 Things You Need To Know

MARIECLAIRE.CO.UK – Alexander Skarsgard is the rumoured new beau of fashion favourite Alexa Chung. Lucky him. Lucky her.

Now, you’ve probably heard of the True Blood star (he plays vampire Eric Northman in the lust-filled HBO series), but what else is there to know about the Swedish hunk and possible flame of a one Miss Chung?

Here’s your Alexander Skarsgard cheat sheet:

1. He is the epitome of Scandi-cool, having grown up in Stockholm in the now-popular SoFo (south of Folkungagatan) neighbourhood. If the dating rumours are true, Alexa can expect some raucous family vacays at the Skarsgard pad. Talking about his childhood, Skarsgard has said: ‘The doors were always open. On any given night, there would be 10 to 15 people around the dinner table. It was very loud, very crazy, there was a lot of food, a lot of alcohol, but it was also very loving.’

2. Acting runs in his blood. While his mum, My, is a doctor, his dad is Stellan Skarsgard, an actor who’s done a tonne of Swedish theatre, art-house movies and… Mamma Mia!. Alexander and his dad even starred alongside each other in 2011’s Melancholia with writer/director Lars von Trier casting Stellan as the ‘douchebag’ best man of Alexander’s character. And Skargard jnr loved it. ‘We’re more like brothers than father and son,’ he said of his old man. ‘We hang out. I’ll take him out with my buddies in LA or in Stockholm, and it’s never awkward or anything. He’s 60, but he likes to party.’

3. Not just a pro at TV and movie work, he smooched the face off Lady Gaga when he played her love interest in her 2009 music video for Paparazzi.

4. And he’s no stranger to famous girlfriends; his ex is Kate Bosworth. The pair dated for two years after meeting on the set of Straw Dogs in 2011. It all ended perfectly amicably, which bodes well…

5. The actor’s big break came in the form of HBO’s Generation Kill in 2008. It followed young marines as they led the offensive in Baghdad during the first few weeks of the Iraq war. You’d be forgiven for wondering if his time, as a teenager, doing Swedish military service helped with his prep for the role? About that, he’s said: ‘For me it was just a personal challenge. I’m very happy that I did it. It was tough. I hated it at times; the unit I was in dealt with anti-sabotage, anti-terrorism in the archipelago, so some of the people who applied were total warheads. There were a lot of really cool guys, but the mentality sometimes got a little too testosterone-fuelled for my tastes.’

6. Did you know he was in Zoolander, too?

7. So infactuated are his fans that they’ve coined the term ‘skarsbrow’ about him. It’s basically a reference to the unbelievably sexy way he raises his left eyebrow. People go wild for it. People… and us.

8. He supports Leeds United football club. His love of the Yorkshire team stems from the six months he spent studying English at Leeds Metropolitan University. He’s described his time in the northern city as a ‘blast.’

9. In what promises to be perfect casting, Alexander will play Tarzan in the 2016 version of the movie. Ready, set, loincloth…

Alexander Skarsgard On Sex Scenes In ‘The Diary Of A Teenage Girl’ & The Double Standards Of Female Sexuality

Alexander Skarsgard On Sex Scenes In ‘The Diary Of A Teenage Girl’ & The Double Standards Of Female Sexuality – “It was important to layer their relationship and not make him solely a predator,” says Alexander Skarsgard of his Diary of a Teenage Girl character. In the film, Skarsgard plays a man who’s sleeping with his girlfriend’s 15-year-old daughter, played by newcomer Bel Powley, in 1970s San Francisco. Based on a graphic novel adapted by writer/director Marielle Heller, the movie unfolds without side-stepping around the controversial issues at hand.

“It was very emotional,” Skarsgard says of watching the film for the first time at Sundance Film Festival 2015. “It’s always fun when you watch it for the first time to listen to the audience and see what they find funny.” Like what? “Bel giving me a blowjob, apparently that was funny.”

The 22-year-old actress from the UK and the True Blood star shared at least a dozen sex scenes together as teenage Minnie and 30something Monroe — some carnal, others funny, and a few even sweet. But for all of them, Skarsgard has the same advice: “You can’t over think it. You have to be in the moment and play the character,” he says. “Minnie in many ways is like a young child, very juvenile and inexperienced. I thought it would be interesting if Monroe had that quality as well,” he explains. “He can almost be like the same age as Minnie in some moments. He’s like a teenage boy. But then he catches himself: ‘Oh shit, I’m in bed with a 15-year-old girl, and this is my girlfriend’s daughter,’ and then he becomes suddenly a mature grown-up guy now. Minnie symbolizes youth, something he’s desperately holding on to.”

The Diary of a Teenage Girl is neither a cautionary tale or a preachy anti-sex PSA. Actually, it’s the opposite. ”It’s something I’d never seen before: A coming-of-age story about a girl that’s raw, addressing issues that are taboo,” Skarsgard says. “These themes are often legitimized when it comes to guys, but for girls, we aren’t supposed to talk about sex the way Minnie does.”

As writer/director Heller pointed out, setting the film in the 1970s gives the audience a “buffer” when it comes to accepting Minnie’s sexual promiscuity and experimentation. “It’s in the wake of free love,” Skarsgard says. “It was a time of experimentation and letting your kids make their own mistakes. Sexually as well, experimenting with sleeping with a guy, a girl, two girls…”

Skarsgard has noble hopes for the film’s reception: “I hope that girls see this film and realize they’re not weird,” he says. “That it’s OK as a young girl to think about sex. This movie never feels like, ‘Well I’m a female filmmaker making a story about a young girl, this is so brave of me…’ it just feels like such a true story.”

‘True Blood’ Season 7: More on Alexander Skarsgard

Carter Matt talks True Blood season 7 and Alexander Skarsgard.

“True Blood” season 7 is starting to creep up on us, so why not present a little bit more fun and speculation on the ending?

What we know for sure about the way the show is winding down is this: The ending has the difficult task of trying to tie together dozens of story threads, and we don’t expect all of them to have a perfect ending. What we do imagine is that we will be presented with something that shocks us, and at the same time presents a little bit of hope for the future of some characters. (With that being said, it will probably come at the expense of others.)

Most responses you get from cast members about the nature of the grand send-off are pretty generic, but one actress in Amelia Rose Blaire (Willa) had an interesting perspective on it in a chat with Uinterview:

“The end of True Blood is going to make fans very happy and heartbroken at the same time … Because that’s what True Blood does best.”

Given that we are such big-time fans of all things Eric Northman, she also gave this pretty fun quote marveling at the mere stature of Alexander Skarsgard, who she has worked with pretty extensively so far:

“He’s really goofy! He’s really goofy and always likes to make a lot of jokes. So he’s a lot of fun to work with and of course he’s very, very tall. He’s like 6’5” or something, so he’s definitely a figure to behold, but he’s really nice and really down to earth. And he drives a really nice car!”

Eric is going to somehow find a way to survive that near-death experience on a top of the snowy mountain we saw in the season 6 finale … but for now, everything else about his character and the future is under a heavy lock and key until the show likely returns on June.


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