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Alexander Skarsgard: Hamptons Film Festival's Breakthrough Performer!

Alexander Skarsgard: Hamptons Film Festival's Breakthrough Performer!

Alexander Skarsgard poses with Emily Browning at the press room at the Maidstone Inn during the 2011 Hamptons International Film Festival on Saturday (October 15) in East Hampton, New York.

The 35-year-old actor was chosen as one of the film festival’s Breakthrough Performers and participated on a panel with his fellow honorees.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Alexander Skarsgard

Alex was joined on the panel by Emily, Shailene Woodley, Anton Yelchin, Ezra Miller, and others.

The night before, Alex attended the premiere of his film Melancholia at the film festival.

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Credit: Brad Barket, Fernando Leon; Photos: Picture Group
Posted to: Alexander Skarsgard, Anton Yelchin, Emily Browning, Shailene Woodley

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  • ladybug
  • ladybug

    Oh, and I can’t read, that’s from two years ago. I still much prefer that look.

  • mforman

    @247—Ladybug—I have rented Melanchoia twice so far. The first time was definitely for AS, and his performance, I think was maybe one of the best of his career.

    The second time I rented it was just to watch a truly amazing film, and it really is. There are so many terrible movies out there nowadays, that when you get to see one like this, you not only want to see it more than once, but you want to recommend it, especially to people who you know will appreciate it.

    I really hope you decided to rent it and let me know what you thought.

  • ladybug

    @mforman: It’s scheduled to be at the theater 1/2 a mile from me, probably at the beginning of December. Since enough people here, plus other critics, have said see in a theater if possible, I have every intent of trying to see it in December.

  • mforman

    @#254–ladybug—I really hope that either you get to see it on your laptop (as I have) or in the theater, you will walk away stunned.

    There are very few movies worth talking about so highly but Lars, the cast and of course the crew all just seemed to work perfectly together it really was truly an amazing experience.

    I know you wil love it.

  • Camille

    I hope it will be playing close to me, but somehow I doubt it. Small towns usually only bring in the movies guaranteed to bring in an audience. Though, they did bring in the Woody Allen movie, so I guess it’s always possible.

  • Cafélady

    For the case that you guys haven’t seen it already…there is an new interview vid with Alex on Askars swedishmeatballs…anyhow I guess one couldn’t see this before…

    http://askarsswedishmeatballs.tumblr.com/post/12478164023/heres-a-longish-rambling-video-where-alex-talks

  • mforman

    @#257–Cafelady—Thank you for the link, but that guy had to be the worst interviewer I have ever heard. He asks the same questions over and over and even made sort of a rude comment about Battleship.

    Poor AS probably just got off a long flight, or was doing a whole bunch of interviews that day and had to deal with that jerk. He was probably saying to himself, “why am I here, with this guy, who set up this interview.”

    But thanks again for sharing any link with AS.

  • mforman

    @#257–Cafelady—Thank you for the link, but that guy had to be the worst interviewer I have ever heard. He asks the same questions over and over and even made sort of a rude comment about Battleship.

    Poor AS probably just got off a long flight, or was doing a whole bunch of interviews that day and had to deal with that jerk. He was probably saying to himself, “why am I here, with this guy, who set up this interview.”

    But thanks again for sharing any link with AS.

  • mforman

    @#257–Cafelady—Thank you for the link, but that guy had to be the worst interviewer I have ever heard. He asks the same questions over and over and even made sort of a rude comment about Battleship.

    Poor AS probably just got off a long flight, or was doing a whole bunch of interviews that day and had to deal with that jerk. He was probably saying to himself, “why am I here, with this guy, who set up this interview.”

    But thanks again for sharing any link with AS.

  • mforman

    @#257–Cafelady—Thank you for the link, but that guy had to be the worst interviewer I have ever heard. He asks the same questions over and over and even made sort of a rude comment about Battleship.

    Poor AS probably just got off a long flight, or was doing a whole bunch of interviews that day and had to deal with that jerk. He was probably saying to himself, “why am I here, with this guy, who set up this interview.”

    But thanks again for sharing any link with AS.

  • Camille

    Yay first pic of Alex from Shreveport. He’s still sporting the beard so I guess his character has one unless they haven’t started filming yet.

    http://s3.amazonaws.com/data.tumblr.com/tumblr_lubjcke6ys1qfoztro1_1280.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=AKIAJ6IHWSU3BX3X7X3Q&Expires=1320803036&Signature=1iy2fj0yhlimJF0L03%2BI9x6tG6Q%3D

  • ladybug

    @Camille: At least the beard’s filling in. I’m not fond of it, but it does look better once it’s had time to fill in the patches.
    And no beanie, but the Dodgers cap is back?

  • Camille

    @ladybug:
    I’m not fond of it either, but it does look better than when it’s patchy. I don’t think he is actually a fan of the Dodgers, more like he want a ball cap and that one was all black and said LA on it. LOL! It’s probably better for going incognito than a beanie.

  • ladybug

    @Camille: From Swedish Meatballs:
    Anonymous asked: Is he wearing that black LA Dodgers cap? I can’t quite tell…
    Yes, it has returned. I still don’t believe he even knows who/what the Dodgers are.
    Hah! I don’t think he does either, I think he just wanted a black baseball cap and that one looked good.

  • Camille

    @ladybug:
    Yep I agree. I don’t think many Swedes know that much about baseball.

  • http://none texas swede

    Is anyone else going to buy “13″ tomorrow. I have been waiting for this one also. I finally saw the TV ad for it and it only has a short peek at Alex. They will be showing Melancholia here in 2 weeks. It will be great to get a double dose of Alex performances in a month.

  • mforman

    I am so sorry for those 4 posts, it was only suppossed to be one, but sometimes the JJ postings go a little haywire.

    @267–texas swede–Yes I will be buying “13″ it looks very interesting and I cannot wait to hear what you think of “Melancholia”, I have rented it twice on my laptop. Once for AS of course and then the second time because I couldn’t believe how it was one of the most amazing films I have ever seen. The entire cast was just exceptional and I will buy that as soon as it is available.

    You will not be disappointed but simply amazed. Truly let me know what you think when you see it.

  • Camille

    @texas swede:
    I watched 13 a long time ago through other means. It’s….not the best movie ever, but you get to see Alex. He’s not in it a whole bunch, which is a shame and I hate that he dyed his hair dark brown for it because it doesn’t look great on him, but he does wear a really nice fitting pair of jeans and a leather jacket. :)

  • Canuck

    @Camille: He looks rather smirky in that one, lol

  • ladybug

    @Canuck: The new one? I think one of the tumblrs mentioned that we finally get a pic of him and of course he’s surrounded by women. Not that he seems to mind.
    as for the movie 13, it didn’t get very good reviews at all, but it’s the type of movie that my friend likes, so that’ll be my excuse for getting it from the library, that it’s for him (said friend, male, doesn’t quite understand my fondness for AS. He got upset when he realized how much I liked Viggo Mortensen, I’m not going to stress him out over AS).

  • Canuck

    @ladybug: Yeah, the photo. He looks like he’s a happy camper.

  • Camille

    @Canuck:
    Sure, he’s surrounded by ladies. LOL!

    @ladybug:
    It wasn’t good, but oh well. I think Alex chose it because the storyline is interesting, and it is, but the movie itself isn’t great.

  • ladybug

    @Camille: I suspect it was one of those that looked interesting on paper and didn’t end up translating onto film. I think this was filmed in Fall of 2008.

  • Camille

    @ladybug:
    Do you think? I thought he might have had the dark brown hair in season 2 due to that movie. I looks to be about the same colour in the movie as it was in some of the episodes of season 3.

  • ladybug

    @Camille: Per Wikipedia it started filming in November of 2008, so right before S2.

  • Camille

    @ladybug:
    Hmmm, he must have dyed his hair for something else during season 3 then. There were episodes when it was definitely dark brown, and some where it was blond.

  • ladybug

    @Camille: I don’t think he filmed anything else while he was filming S3.

  • http://none texas swede

    The lighting, hair product, and clothing he wears all effect his hair color on TB. It appears different shades in the same episodes sometimes. He has the type of hair that can change naturally in few days depending on how much he is out in the sun…hence the beanie and cap when he is filming TB.

  • ladybug

    @texas swede: The beanie/cap is also an attempt at going incognito as well, IIRC. Not that works very well.

  • http://none texas swede

    At 6’4″ the beanie does nothing to provide camoflage for him…LOL.

  • Canuck

    @texas swede: You know, it never occured to me that’s why he wears that. I just assmed it was bad hair days…

  • ladybug

    @texas swede: That was mentioned in the interview as well.
    @Canuck, apparently the beanie is popular among the younger HW set, as opposed to the baseball cap/sunglasses combo.
    I actually don’t think he really cares about bad hair days, not considering what the back of his hair was doing at the Hamptons FF.

  • Camille

    If he cared about bad hair days he’d let someone else do his hair every single day. Boy is hot, but he can’t do his own hair to save his life. LOL

  • ladybug
  • ladybug

    Newish interview:

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/11/09/alexander-skarsgard-on-melancholia-true-blood-and-more.html

    Considering the interviewer/author is a Columbia School of Journalism grad, it should have been a better article.

  • Camille

    @ladybug:
    Thanks for that. I’ve had a sh*t week and it was nice to have something to read.

  • ladybug

    “But when he grins – and he grins almost non-stop – he immediately loses 15 of his 35 years, plus any hint of danger. It’s like flipping on the lights to reveal that the monster in the corner is actually your favourite teddy bear.”
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/arts/movies/johanna-schneller/skarsgard-gets-his-teeth-into-roles/article2233678/singlepage/#articlecontent

  • Camille

    @ladybug:
    Thanks again. Funny how he spent his nights having dinner with Charlotte and Kirsten yet KB says she took romantic bike trips for a month. Something doesn’t add up there. I never quite believed her story, since it was obvious he was busy.

  • Camille

    I see on yuku they posted a twitter sighting of Alex getting gas in LA. Don’t know if it’s true or not and they seem to be wondering that too. Maybe he got the weekend off though they did post other stuff, and it shows the movie is still filming.

  • ladybug

    @Camille: He’s also said that he’d take trips to Stockholm when he had time, so if she was taking all those romantic bike trips perhaps she was by herself, he seems to have been pretty busy.
    As for the Twitter ‘sighting’, could be mistaken id, has happened before. I think this summer someone posted some photos from one of the photo sites that had id’d someone as Alex, when it wasn’t (same beanie and jeans/tshirt, but missing the build and the height).
    I have to admit, while I’m glad that he seems to have escaped the crushes of fans, or the pap shots, in Shreveport , I’m kinda of missing the random pap shots of him leaving the gym (yes, I’m shallow).

  • Cafélady

    @ladybug: I suppose, they (the film-team in Shreveport) have may be done something to secure the shootings (‘closed set’ or something similar, I think). Otherwise we had seen some fan-pics already, I guess.
    I mean, after this -I would almost say- annoying thing at the ‘Disconnect’ shooting -screaming(!?) fangirls and a lot of people who obviously can’t behave themself in a good way- it would be understandable. And should I be right, this decision would have my full sympathy.
    Sure, we have all read in one and the other interview that Alex naturally enjoys it to having fans and love it, respectively (even though if they behave a bit crazy like during the named ‘Disconnect’-shooting and even then if it’s probably sometimes a bit stressful for him especially if he is at work, I guess ) but one could read on several sites, that mentioned fan-crowd and their behave there, apparently had an disturbingly effect to the shootings too. So I could imagine that they perhaps tried to avoid something like this, for this time. Just a personal thought of course…

    I mean, really there are a lot of people at work during a shooting – and not only Alex. I mean, it’s one thing to visit a shooting and to be allowed to watch it, and a other thing to disturb it with screaming and what not and other -a bit crazy- behave…

  • Macy

    @ladybug:
    Exactly. He didn’t have time to go traipsing around the Swedish countryside, which is where KB said she was. He was busy shooting, and hanging with his castmates and when he wasn’t he was with his family in Stockholm, which is most definitely NOT the country/rural part of the nation. Either she was lying, or she was with someone else going through the countryside. Cher said she got inspiration from Sweden, maybe she went there. The house was for cast and crew. As far as I know nobody else stayed there, and Von Trier doesn’t seem like the type to let people come by and lollygag around his sets.

  • ladybug

    @Cafélady: The first two weeks that he was filming Disconnect it seemed out of control, as if the producers/security couldn’t figure out how to handle it.
    Shreveport seems a little more low key in that regard, it’s a much smaller city and as you said they may have closed sets (if they’re doing exterior shooting) just to keep a lid on things.
    @Macy, I can see KB visiting the set, but no, LVT doesn’t seem the type to have her hang around set just because she’s dating one of the actors. So she may have spent time wandering around with someone else. And she certainly wasn’t there the whole summer.

  • melancholia
  • Macy

    @ladybug:
    I agree. She was probably there for a few days with him, and then went off on her own.

  • Macy

    @melancholia:
    It’s obvious she was there, we all know that.

  • ladybug

    JJ has put up a new post, but it’s from the MTV interview he and Kirsten did a few weeks back.

  • mforman

    @#293–Macy–I remember he didn’t ask her to go to Sweden that time, she invited herself, that is the time they had their huge blowout at the Way Out Music Festival, she must have gone with Cher and spent the time with her.

    After he returned from filming this things really seemed strained, if you go back to the stories and especially the photos.

    This was also when she started bringing up Sweden in a lot of her interviews and insulting the people there, but she got what she wanted, she got to keep bringing him up in any way shape or form. He was probably so happy she couldn’t get near him. Lars really doesn’t seem the type to want someone like her hanging around his set. He respects and admires talent, not whatever the creature is.

    I really think at the beginning he really did like her, but that burned off really, really fast and it just kept going from off/on again until he said enough is enough. Every single thing she has done has represented a woman scorned and her behavior is just getting more and more desparate.

  • An Even 300

    ^ I agree. That is all.

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