Alexander Skarsgard Compares True Blood & The Giver

August 21, 2014

Is There Any Similarities between True Blood’s Eric Northman and Father in The Giver?

Alexander Skarsgard stars as Eric Northman in HBO' s True Blood Season 7 Episode 9 (entitled ' Love is to Die')There seems to be little comparison; Eric Northman (played by Alexander Skarsgard) is a 1,000 year old viking vampire, and Father (from newly released movie, The Giver) raises children from infancy. How on earth are these two characters alike? But, for the actor who has played both roles, he can definitely draw a distinction.

In The Giver, we are presented with a world that appears Utopian on the surface. Everyone practices ‘sameness’ in a bid to keep a peaceful state. There is no uniqueness at all. Alexander’s character, Father is tasked with raising children in a world where love isn’t even acknowledge. A task he rose to:

Emotionally getting to that place, knowing what I had to do, it was difficult but it was also kind of what I found fascinating about the character, what drew me to the project… I thought it was really interesting to play someone who does what he does in the film — horrible things, but without being a bad guy. If you don’t know what you’re doing, what is the morality? Where does that come from? If you don’t understand the concept of death, is what he doing wrong? Of course it is, in a way, but at the same time, he doesn’t know — he thinks they’re going to a better place. He doesn’t know what “elsewhere” is, what that means. It was also a challenge to play someone who embodies “sameness,” as Father does in the movie. He’s a perfect citizen, in a way. But you also have to, as an actor, find something to not make him a robot.

You could very well compare this lack of emotional output to that of his True Blood character, for sure. An idea that Jennifer Vineyard from Vulture was eager to explore when she asked Alexander if Father was similar to Eric Northman when he amnesia in Season 4 of HBO’s True Blood:

In a way, when Eric went through that, it was almost the opposite. Living the way he did for 1,000 years, having seen and gone through all that pain and suffering, he had almost shut down, emotionally. That’s why I thought it was an interesting love story between him and Sookie, because she was one of the few he ever let in. So when Marnie cast that spell on him, he suddenly opened up in a way. It’s the opposite of what Father does in The Giver, because Eric let his guard down and he was very open and very curious — he wanted to feel, he wanted to experience things in a way that I think, deep down, Father wants, but he’s medicated, and he’s not in touch with his emotions, at all.

As for life after True Blood, besides The Giver, what else does Alexander have on the cards? It seems a permanent move to New York is in order! While he has no plans after he finishes shooting Tarzan (which is currently in production in London), he is toying with the idea of working on the stage for a change. Wouldn’t that be fantastic?

You can read the full interview Alexander Skarsgard did with Vulture by clicking here.

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Source: Vulture – Alexander Skarsgård on The Giver, True Blood, and the Sack of Destiny

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Alexander Skarsgard on the Logistics of Burning in Snow

August 19, 2014

Especially Tricky When the True Blood Set is in Hollywood and Not Sweden:

Alexander Skarsgard stars as Eric Northman in HBO's True Blood Season 6 finale, Episode 10, entitled 'Radioactive'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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True Blood’s Tara Buck Talks About Ginger & Eric & THAT Scene!

August 18, 2014

Tara Buck Describes the Logistics of a Sex Scene with Eric Northman:

Ginger (Tara Buck) and Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) get intimate in HBO's True Blood Season 7 Episode 9 (entitled 'Love is to Die')Well, wasn’t Episode 9 of HBO’s True Blood Season 7 interesting? For one cast member in particular, it was the climax of a promise made years earlier! If you haven’t watched the episode yet, you can read our recap by clicking here.

Tara Buck, who plays everyone’s favorite screamer, Ginger, finally got her moment on the throne with Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard). And – surprisingly – she didn’t even scream:

In the script, there was a wonderful note: Ginger doesn’t scream. Everybody’s expecting her to scream, so do something else. What they wrote was a high-pitched, almost electric sound that’s almost a little eerie. So we tried all kinds of things. I thought it would be fun if there was a moment where you think Ginger’s actually having a heart attack—you think it could be the end for her.

While Ginger has been an Eric Northman groupie for longer than most of us truebies, she admitted that for Ginger, the anticipation leading up to her sexual encounter with the viking vampire, may have been her very undoing – and why that sex lasted such a short amount of time.

With the deed completed in only a few short moments, in reality, it took hours of filming to get the scene just right. This meant that by the end of the day’s shooting, Tara’s core strength had gotten quite a workout:

I had the stunt double and was thinking to myself, “I only get three pumps. I am not letting somebody else come in here and finish this off.” [Laughs] So the only way to have a dismount is to slowly fall back. In my head, I imagined the funniest thing would be climax and then Ginger just falls out of frame. But we couldn’t shoot it that way. I had imagined a soft pad or something that I could just fall off of him onto. But when we were doing rehearsal, there was no pad there yet. So from the noise—the tea kettle, sort of hissing—she just sloooowly falls backward and then slides off of him. Mostly I slid off of him because I was trying not to get hurt in rehearsal.

Considering Ginger is the ultimate Team Eric groupie, Tara fully admits she ‘took one for the team‘ with last night’s encounter with Eric:

I do love that after everything that Ginger’s been put through, she finally got hers. As an actress who looks after her character, loves her character, feels very emotionally connected and attached, I am proud of Ginger. I feel that she worked very hard for that carrot at the end of the trail, and good for her. I also think Ginger became the archetype for Alexander’s fans, so for all the ladies out there, I took one for the team, and I couldn’t have been happier to do that. [Laughs]

You can read the full interview Tara Buck did with Entertainment Weekly by clicking here.

What did you think of the sex scene between Ginger and Eric in Episode 9 of HBO’s True Blood Season 7? Hilarious or cringe worthy? Let us know by commenting below!

Source: Entertainment Weekly – ‘True Blood’ postmortem: Tara Buck talks Ginger’s moment

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Kristin Bauer van Straten Talks About Reading the True Blood Script Ever

August 17, 2014

SPOILERS: At Least Pam Makes it to Episode 10!

Kristin Bauer van Straten stars as vampire Pam in HBO's True Blood Season 7 Episode 8 (entitled 'Almost Home')For many fans of HBO’s True Blood, Season 7 has been particularly hard, knowing it will be the very last one. But, even with our multitude of combined tears, it is pretty obvious that the person most upset with True Blood meeting the true death is Kristin Bauer van Straten (who plays Pam, the vampire with more snark than anyone). But how did she cope with receiving – and reading – the very last script?

It is so funny. We were so heavily immersed in shooting and also night shooting. There were so many moments that were just business as usual, and then it would hit me that we’re coming closer to the end. I saw script 10 in my email and thought, “I’ll bring my iPad so I can read it when I’m in hair.” I didn’t think anything of it.

Then, my makeup artist had a paper copy of the script and said to me, “I skipped to the last couple of pages and read those first.” I thought, “What is she talking about?” Then I realized, “The last few pages? Oh my God.” It hit me so hard I couldn’t read the script. I put off reading it. I couldn’t even confront looking at the first page. It took me a day or two to even go into Adobe Reader and look for my Pam scenes.

So, at least we now know that Pam has scenes in Episode 10 (entitled Thank You). But for this vampire, it has been a tough season, aside from the actor’s grief. Pam has not only had to deal with the death of her progeny and lover, Tara Thornton (Rutina Wesley), but she has been trying to pull her maker, Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) back from the brink of death. In the process, we have seen a more vulnerable side to Pam. One that Kristin was happy to explore:

To have Eric weaker and to know that their time is limited makes Pam more human. We see their child/father relationship. We really don’t have relationships like this as humans. Our relationships can’t be so multi-faceted. You can’t be a lover and then also a maker and a father and an enemy and then go back to being a lover. Also, our human relationships can’t span over a century. I can imagine if I had over a 100 years with my father, who was one of my greatest allies, and that’s something that is hard to lose. It was hard for me to lose my dad after 30 years, much less a 100 years. I can layer that with my friendship with Alex Skarsgard.

While we saw her maker healed in Episode 8 (entitled Almost Home), there still appears to be issues for her to sort out right until the very end of Season 7 with Kristin hinting that Pam is still not over the death of Tara yet. I wonder just how that will unfold?

You can read the full interview Kristin Bauer van Straten did with Comic Book Resources by clicking here.

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Source: Comic Book Resources – Kristin Bauer van Straten Talks Gore, F-Bombs and the End of ‘True Blood’

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Alexander Skarsgard: His First Crush & Those Christian Grey Rumors

August 16, 2014

Listen to Alexander Skarsgard Talk About his Newest Movie & the End of True Blood:

Alexander Skarsgard stars as Eric Northman in HBO's True Blood Season 7 Episode 9 (entitled 'Love is to Die')It seems Kristin Bauer van Straten (who plays Eric’s progeny, Pam) is not the only one crying over the demise of HBO’s True Blood. Eric Northman actor, Alexander Skarsgard, admitted he too was in tears after the end of the long running vampire series this year.

Besides this endearing revelation, he also discussed the following in a radio interview with Mark and Mercedes on Mix94.1FM:

  •  His upcoming movie, The Giver, which was released in theaters this week.
  • How his first ever screen crush was with Jessica Lange after he saw the movie Tootsie and whether or not he has ever told Jessica Lange about this crush.
  • When his next holiday will be.
  • His True Blood contract and whether it contains a clause about vampire actors being able to tan or not.
  • Just what Tru Blood really tastes like.
  • Why he thinks it was a good time to end True Blood with Season 7.
  • And, finally, he puts the Christian Grey rumors to bed with the admission that while he knows the producer of the 50 Shades of Grey movie but he wasn’t approached to play the role.

Along with this great interview, click on the image below (which will take you to the radio interview on Mix94.1FM) and listen in as Alexander agrees to gag call the program director, Charese.

Alexander Skarsgard's radio interview with Mix94.1FM

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Source: Mix94.1FM – Alexander Skarsgard Interview

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Alexander Skarsgard On Meryl Streep & Crying Over True Blood

August 15, 2014

The True Blood Star’s New Dystopia Movie Released 15th August:

ALEXANDER-SKARSGARD-THE-GIVERFor Team Eric fans, the 15th of August 2014 marks the day they can watch Eric Northman actor, Alexander Skarsgard, on the big screen once more. His newest movie, The Giver, is being released today and is based on the dystopian novel of the same name written by Lois Lowery.

The book is a huge following among fans of the genre, but for Alexander, it was the chance to work alongside acting legend, Meryl Streep, that closed the deal for him on this movie – even if they only got one scene together and he never got the opportunity to catch up with Meryl offset:

It was a small supporting role, but how could I possibly turn down the opportunity to work with Meryl? We were never able to overlap, so that was quite disappointing. But I’m still in the same movie as Meryl Streep!

And while Alexander has moved on from playing Eric, the actor reveals what it was like for him on the last day of shooting True Blood:

I remember shooting my last scene with Kristin Bauer [van Straten, who plays Pam]. I knew that it was going to be very emotional, I knew that it was going to be difficult, but I had no idea how hard that would hit me the second they yelled cut on our last take together. In that moment, we just looked at each other and burst out crying.

And so will all the Truebies when HBO’s True Blood winds up in less than two weeks!

Are you going to see Alexander in The Giver? Let us know by commenting below!

Source: People – Alexander Skarsgard Joined The Giver to Work with Meryl Streep

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True Blood Season 7 Spoilers: Goodbyes, Weird Sex & Love Triangles

August 15, 2014

Could an Original Cast Member Die in Episode 9 of HBO’s True Blood ?

Tara Buck stars as Ginger in HBO's True Blood Season 7It seems Episode 9 (entitled Love is to Die) will say a final goodbye to yet another original cast member of HBO’s True Blood! But will they die? It seems the devil is in the fine print of what TVGuide had to say about the upcoming episode recently:

With only two episodes to go, there are a lot of narrative threads to tie up, including the issue of Bill [Compton]’s mortality. I will only say this: At least one original cast member will say goodbye for good this week. In possibly related news, a longstanding love triangle will be resolved and you’ll see one of the show’s weirdest — and funniest — sex scenes between a long-unrequited pair.

How interesting is that news? With the admission of a long term love triangle also being resolved, one could assume that with Bill’s (Stephen Moyer) death, Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) finally chooses Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard).  Consolation prize anyone? However, there is another love triangle going on at the moment – that of Hoyt Fortenberry (Jim Parrack), Jessica Hamby (Deborah Ann Woll) and Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten). Perhaps TVGuide are referring to that triangle instead? Maybe Jess and Hoyt get back together and Jessica decides to move to Alaska to be with him? After all, it doesn’t specifically say the cast member will die.

And what of that sex scene, huh? Who do we know on True Blood that is part of an ‘unrequited pair’? Could it be Sookie and Eric? Probably not, since they have been intimate before. But it sure doesn’t leave many other options. Perhaps Arlene (Carrie Preston) and Keith (Riley Smith)? Especially since TVLine had this spoiler to announce:

Not everyone will get a happy ending on True Blood… but I think it’s safe to say that Arlene and Keith will be among the lucky few. Though we’re not going to get another pool table scene, this Sunday’s episode does show the effect Arlene’s relationship with Keith is having on her. (Spoiler Alert: She’s a very happy woman.)

But they haven’t been an item for very long, and many wouldn’t even really consider them as such. Oh, hang on a minute – what about Ginger (Tara Buck) and Eric? Now that would potentially be hilarious and weird!

Let us know your thoughts on this by commenting below!

Sources: TV Guide – Mega Buzz: True Blood’s Cure, an NCIS Return, and a Vampire Diaries Mystery

TVLine – Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Parenthood, Chicago Fire, True Blood, Glee, S.H.I.E.L.D., The Killing and More

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True Blood Season 7 Finale: Episode 10 Synopsis Revealed!

August 13, 2014

Who Makes it to Episode 10 (entitled Thank You)?

One Last Bite True Blood Season 7 promo posterWith only two more episodes left of HBO’s True Blood, fans are starting to worry at how all the loose ends will be tied up. Who will die? Who will live happily ever after? Who will Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) finally chose?

Well, we have the press release for the True Blood Season 7 finale! Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) makes it to at least the start of the episode, but it seems he is still suffering from his virulent dose of Hep-V – will he take the antidote or meet the true death? Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell) makes a choice – hang on a minute didn’t he already do that in Episode 9? How many choices does Sam have to make? Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) and Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) also make it to Episode 10 (entitled Thank You) of True Blood. It seems they are not entirely comfortable with their relationship with Mr. Gus (Will Yun Lee) though – could one of these three die? And, finally, we come to an interesting little titbit: Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer) gets an unexpected inheritance. This one disturbs me, after all it wasn’t that long ago that Bill was seeking legal advice about his will. Could Andy be the benefactor of Bill’s estate? And, if that is the case, does Bill die?

You can make up your own mind on this synopsis and let us know your thoughts by commenting below!

Episode 10 Synopsis:

Episode #80: “Thank You” (series finale)
Debut: SUNDAY, AUG. 24 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Sookie Stackhouse weighs a future with and without Bill Compton. Eric Northman and Pam struggle with their uncomfortable partnership with Mr. Gus. Sam Merlotte makes a choice, while Andy Bellefleur comes upon an unexpected inheritance.

Written by Brian Buckner; directed by Scott Winant.

Source: HBO Inc./SpoilerTV – True Blood – Series Finale – Press Release

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True Blood Props and Costumes Auction

August 12, 2014

SceenBid to Auction Many True Blood Items:

Eric Northman's (Alexander Skarsgard) throne from HBO's True BloodWant to own Eric Northman’s (Alexander Skarsgard) throne from Fangtasia? How about one of the frocks Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) wore? Maybe an authentic piece of Merlotte’s bar?

Well, here’s your chance!

ScreenBid is auctioning off many items that were used on the set of HBO’s True Blood over the last seven seasons. Items will go to auction from the 20th August 2014 and conclude on the 25th of August 2014. There are 54 items in total as part of this rare opportunity to obtain genuine prop and costume items from True Blood.

Details of the auctioning process are below:

FAQ
Q: How do you get all these items?
A:ScreenBid conducts auctions on behalf of studios and producers who want to make props, wardrobe items, set decoration and other items available to fans and collectors.

Q: But how do I know it’s authentic?
A: Because ScreenBid conducts auctions on behalf of studios and producers, everything we sell comes direct from the source. And every ScreenBid item comes with a Certificate of Authenticity issued by the studio or producer, guaranteeing the authenticity of your purchase.
To ensure you know exactly who certifies authenticity, ScreenBid posts that information on every item’s individual page.

Q: Will I know if someone has outbid me?
A: You sure will. We’ll email you.

Q: Can the computer bid for me?
A: Sort of. You can set a maximum bid – some people call it a “proxy bid” on any item. If someone bids higher than your earlier bid, the computer will automatically increase your bid until you either win or reach your maximum. Other bidders won’t know that you’ve placed a maximum bid. They’ll just know that they have been outbid.

Q: How do I know if I’ve won?
A: You can watch the auction as it closes – it’s really interesting. But you don’t have to. ScreenBid emails all winners as soon as their item closes.

Q: I won! Now what?
A: Well congratulations! The next few steps are easy – and they’re up to you.
You’ll receive an email outlining what to do. We will bill the credit card we have on file for you after the entire auction has ended. If you’d rather pay by cash, check, wire transfer, or PayPal, we’re happy to accommodate you. When you receive your invoice, let us know immediately that you want to pay by a method other than credit card. We’ll take care of it.

Q: Will you ship my item to me?
A: While you are welcome to make any delivery arrangements you’d like, we are happy to have our shipping department help you. Whether we ship or you make other arrangements, we include a $14.95 handling fee on all items ($24.95 for items shipped outside the United States), and large items may require an additional fee.
Our shipping department sends all items individually — one item per package. If you have us ship for you, we’ll send you a tracking number as soon as your package leaves our facility. To protect you, we insure all items for the full amount you pay. Your invoice will list the cost of that insurance.

Q: I live outside the United States. Can you help me with shipping?

A: Sure!
There’s a handling charge of $24.95 for international shipments, and you will, of course, be responsible for any tariffs, duties, import fees or other requirements imposed by your government.

If you want to see all the awesome items on offer, then you need to click here to go directly to the True Blood auction lot page.

Let us know what items you’re bidding on by commenting below!

Source: ScreenBid – True Blood Auction (#1000069)

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VIDEO: True Blood Season 7 Episode 9 (Love is to Die) Sneak Peek

August 11, 2014

Bill Remains Resolute in His Decision:

Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) says no in HBO's True Blood Season 7 Episode 9 (entitled 'Love is to Die')Well it appears Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) can be as stubborn as a mule when it comes to deciding when he will die. After refusing to take a sip of Sarah Newlin’s (Anna Camp) restorative blood at the end of Episode 8 (entitled Almost Home), it seems Bill will be sticking to his guns in Episode 9 (entitled Love is to Die) of HBO’s True Blood Season 7.

As for the others still left in Bon Temps, Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten), Jessica Hamby (Deborah Ann Woll), Hoyt Fortenberry (Jim Parrack) and Bridgette all seem to have issues to sort out yet. Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) is seen flying off with what appears to be Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) and Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) is all bound up again.

Will Bill really meet the true death? Let us know what you think will happen in the penultimate episode of True Blood by commenting below!

Synopsis:

Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) retreats in confusion. Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell) makes a choice. Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) exercises uncharacteristic restraint, while Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) faces a dilemma after being caught in a lie.

Written by Brian Buckner; directed by Howard Deutch.

Source: YouTube – True Blood 7×09 Promo “Love is to Die” (HD)

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