Monday, July 13, 2009
Date Of Birth August 25, 1976
Born in Stockholm, Sweden
Alexander Skarsgard is an actor best known for his role as Eric Nothman on the HBO series True Blood. He is the son of My Guenther, a doctor, and Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgard,( Amistad, Good Will Hunting, Exorcist: The Beginning, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Mamma Mia!, and Entourage) he has a brother named Gustaf Skarsgard. Alex studied political science, rendered military service in the Marines and intended to study at a school of architecture in Stockholm. In 1997, however, his longing to act grew stronger so he opted to study at Marymount Theatre School in New York City. In 2003 he was nominated for a Guldbagge for male supporting role in the movie Hundtricket. This was followed by several international productions such as Revelations and The Last Drop. In 2007, he played one of the main characters in the American miniseries Generation Kill.
In 2008, Skarsgard was cast in the HBO vampire series True Blood from Six Feet Under creator Alan Ball. Skarsgard plays the Role of Eric, a 1000-year-old Viking vampire and owner of Fangtasia, the fictional vampire bar.
Alexander Skarsgard did a recent phone interview with Oliver Polumbarit of the Philippine Daily Enquirer. Alex on what he researched to play Eric Northman:
“Yeah, when I did my research, I re-watched movies that I’ve seen, like the old Nosferatu with Max Schreck from the ’20s, Bela Lugosi’s “Dracula,” and Werner Herzog’s “Nosferatu” from the ’70s. Obviously, Eric Northman’s quite a different character. But diving into that old culture of vampirism was to get my creativity and inspiration going, basically. When you create a world with vampires, it’s up to you if you wanna do the whole thing with crosses or garlic or what happens when a vampire meets the sun. We hung on to a couple of those, but some of them we just dismissed. So it’s very open to interpretation …”
A rumor had been circulating about Alex being cast as Thor to be directed by Kenneth Branagh. In an interview with MTV News, Alexander Skarsgard revealed he'd actually gotten as far in the Thor casting process as trying on the outfit and filming an audition. He confirmed to MTV that he met with Marvel Studios Chief Kevin Feige and Thor director Kenneth Branagh a number of times before ultimately losing out on the leading role to Chris Hemsworth (Captain James T Kirk's dad in the latest Star Trek film). Denny Says they Fu**ed up by not casting Alexander as Thor…but time will tell ;)