Alexander Skarsgard on the Logistics of Burning in Snow
August 19, 2014 by Rachel Tsoumbakos
Especially Tricky When the True Blood Set is in Hollywood and Not Sweden:
Many truebies who were Team Eric went into absolute meltdown in the Season 6 finale of HBO’s True Blood last year. When Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) burst into flames, there was a panic of tweets asking if the viking vampire had met the true death or not. There was so much hysteria that showrunner Brian Buckner had to confirm Eric would indeed return in Season 7.
But how was that scene filmed? Recently Alexander Skarsgard spilled the beans on the naked scene:
That scene was just me on a rooftop in Hollywood — that’s where we shot it, with a green screen. And it was a very hot day, so I didn’t need the sock. It was supposed to be, when the scene was written, Bucky [Brian Buckner], the showrunner, and I talked about potentially trying to go back to Sweden, to shoot it there. We were very excited about it, and then we realized that it might, you know, be a little bit expensive [laughs] to fly the crew over to Sweden just for that one short scene. Then we were going to shoot it in the Rocky Mountains instead, and then that didn’t happen, for many different reasons, so then we ended up shooting it on the parking structure on the lot where we shoot the show in downtown Hollywood. And it was in June, so it was like 100 degrees. Yeah. Not quite like the mountains of northern Sweden!
So there you have it; it wasn’t Sweden, and it wasn’t even real snow!
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Source: Vulture – Alexander Skarsgård on The Giver, True Blood, and the Sack of Destiny
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