So it’s a fond farewell and a great big thank you to Roma Fiction Fest. We have thoroughly enjoyed the show – The Skars Show that is of course. The festival came to a close last night with a pink carpet event attended by our favorite viking, Alexander Skarsgard. Thank you to the organizers for inviting True Blood, and for making the start of this year’s show hiatus a little less painful to bear!
ROMA FICTION FEST OCTOBER 5 2012
Some more interviews are now on-line as well, where he talks about Eric. (As usual, please excuse the google translations).
The series is so crazy, so over the top, the character so unique and complex that I loved him immediately: he is first introduced as a villain but then reveals a certain depth, the bottom is also vulnerable and I liked him a lot. I’m still discovering many things about him, this is so interesting to continue to interpret. And then of course, all those things like ripping hearts fly, shred the people are great. I love doing these things (laughs)!
It was 2007 and I was in the African desert to shoot Generation Kill, an HBO show focused on the war in Iraq. I got this call from my agent saying to me, ‘They want to interpret a Viking vampire in a TV series for Alan Ball. I’ve always been a big fan of Six Feet Under, so I’m excited now. I remember being in Mozambique and walking on the street while talking on the phone for the first time with Alan. He won me over and told me that this vampire was introduced as ‘the bad guy on the throne.’ “ Have you ever had to put pressure on Alan Ball to intervene narrative about your character? No. The truth is that I was blown away right then: little by little, in fact, I realized that the character of Eric goes beyond the concept of evil. Suddenly he is able to show off a softer side, almost tender. One side fair. He was great having to play with a broken heart as when Godric commits suicide.
And one from The Wall Street Journal
Your character on “True Blood” was redeemed in an unexpected way this season. Did you like the twist?
AS: It was an interesting direction that Bill went to the dark side and not [Skarsgard’s character] Eric because Bill has always been this southern gentleman and kind of the good, sweet guy and Eric has been the darker one of the two. Instead of doing the obvious easy choice, instead of letting Eric go even darker and turn to some sort of villain again, if he ever was, and it’s cool that he now has to protect Sookie and that Bill has gone bat shit crazy.
We think it’s cool that Eric is protecting Sookie now too, let’s just hope that continues next season!