Alexander Skarsgard Video Interview Translation – Part 1

April 2, 2009 by  

Alexander SkarsgardAlexander Skarsgard of True Blood was interviewed by TV4’s morning show “Nyhetsmorgon” and discussed his experience on Generation Kill and True Blood. This video interview is in Swedish but it has been translated from Swedish to English and you will find the translation below the video.

Everyone has been wondering if there is an English translation for this video, well we finally got the video translated.

This is for all you Alexander Skarsgard/Eric Northman fans!

Alexander Skarsgard Video Interview Translation – Part 1 This translation may be reproduced in part only if credited to with link provided to this page.

Host 1: Alexander was only eight years old when he made his debut as an actor, and has now starred in about 30 movies. Now he is one of the leading characters in the reality-based American TV-show Generation Kill, which is about the beginning of the war in Iraq.

Host 2: It will be broadcasted here in Sweden this fall, and we will also be able to see Alexander Skarsgård in True Blood, where he plays a thousand year old vampire Viking. Welcome Alexander!
So, vampire Viking sounds… exotic.

Alexander: Yes, it is (laughs).

Host 2: What is that?

Alexander: He was a Viking when he got bitten, and then after that, of course you stay as a thousand year old Viking, and that’s how you become a vampire Viking.

Host 1: Was this soon after the filming of Generation Kill?

Alexander: Yes it was.

Host 1: Was it hard to go from playing one roll and think, oh well now I’m gonna play that other character?

Alexander: No, it was really fun. I needed that, because Generation Kill was such a long job, we were in Africa for 7 months, and after that we were in New York for four months and did all the after work such as applying sound effects and things like that. It was an amazing job, but after all those months…

Host 1: We have some scenes from Generation Kill.

(Some taglines from Generation Kill)

Alexander: Yeah.

Host 2: What is it we can see here?

Alexander: This is the opening scene of the first episode when we still are in Kuwait for training.

Host 1: Looks intense.

Alexander: Yeah.

Host 2: And who are you there, we talked about Iceman earlier and, erm…

Host 1: … how did it all start for you, with this show?

Alexander: I was home in LA in May last year, and I got a phone call from my agent in London saying that they met up with a girl casting for this movie and that they are still looking for someone to play one of the lead characters, and told me to go out and buy the book. So I bought the book and read it the same night and called them up the next day and said “This is something I just have to do”.

Host 2: What was it that you liked about the book?

Alexander: It’s amazing, it’s based upon a journalist who is embedded for five weeks with a marine platoon, and you get to follow them from Kuwait up to the point where they drive up to Baghdad. And it’s about the guys in the platoon and what they are going through in this journey.

(Pictures of the book cover Generation Kill)

Alexander: It was pretty amazing, or, it was really amazing because what you get to see from the war in Iraq is very censored, right now there’s about 130,000 Americans in Iraq, that’s as if we were to send a whole Swedish city somewhere (laughs). But you don’t really know anything about what they are going through there and they don’t show any injured soldiers, again it is very censored in the news. You never get to see injured or dead soldiers, you never get to see when they are coming home and very little is followed up of what they are going through over there, that’s what this book brings forward, and some of them are so young, like 18 to 19 years old. It was very interesting reading about what they are going through when they are over there on an everyday basis, what they see and what they do.

Host 1: And after that your career took off?

Alexander: Yeah, because I travelled around for three weeks, New York, London, Baltimore, and then back to New York, it was a huge casting process, where you meet producers and other people with so many opinions. But when it was all done, it was finished in May, and I was planning on going home for vacation in Sweden that summer. I spoke to my mum a few days earlier and said that on Thursday I’ll come to your place and we will just hang out have a good time. But then I had to call her again and tell her that “I think it will be Christmas the next time I’m home” (laughs).

Host 1: What a shock!

Host 2: And then it was straight off to Africa?

Alexander: Yes, and then I actually got kind of scared, because I had been a bit cocky the whole time. The character I play is called Iceman, and that’s because he is sort of… he is a team leader in the platoon. He is very cool and laconic and a tough guy, he is really cocky and knows that he is good at what he does. So during the casting process I had to enter the room with the same kind of cockiness because if I didn’t do that I thought, how am I gonna be able to convince the director or producer?
But I remember that I woke up when I was in the airplane and I saw the seven manuscripts and the monologue, the marine language is so strange, so even my American friends didn’t understand half the words, and so for me as a Swede it was even harder, because it’s military talk, and that scared me to death and I thought: oh my god, what is this.

Host 1: When did it start to sink in, when did you start to think “Yes, I’m here now”?

Alexander: This morning (laughs). No, but it took a while, we landed in the desert, and the very next morning there was a marine soldier that took us to a camp for ten days, and we needed that, because it wasn’t just about the physical, it made us understand everything from the structure of the marines and understand how you address an officer compared to how you address your equals, to handle the weapons, what a blue force tracker is, the computer, all those kind of things, so it teaches you all that in ten days.

Host 2: How long was the preparing phase before you could start with the screen tests?

Alexander: It was those ten days and then we had a week with intense rehearsal on different scenes. And after that we got going.

Host 1: I understand that the language was a challenge as well? Many people seem to think that your American accent is very nice, but it wasn’t like that from the start, like you could speak in that accent?

Alexander: My American accent was alright before, but there was no way I could screw up here because the guy I played exists in real life. Sometimes when a European plays an American it can sound totally fake because there are so many different accent in the US, and then you can always find a back story and say that he is born in Prague and then came to America, for example. But this guy is called Brad Covert and is from Midwest and it is hard for me to get away with an accent that is not really American. We had a dialect coach that was with us there in the desert during the filming, and he totally saved me.

Host 2: You guys must have had everything with you, it was an incredible budget, this is a real splurge, isn’t it?

Alexander: Yes, it cost quite a lot of money, a lot of people and a lot of vehicles; it is a pretty big machinery.

This is the end of the translation for video one.  Stay tuned, we will post part two of this video interview tomorrow!

Photo Credit: (Rick Stephens/PR Photos)