But I was blown away – it felt like we were in the jungle.” The gorillas and elephants were created by CGI, which must have been disorienting. I worked mostly in independent movies where you can say, ‘This isn’t working, let’s change this or rewrite the scene.’ But even though it was a massive movie, a big beast of a production, when you’re there with the director and other actors it doesn’t feel that different from working on a tiny movie like or with Lars von Trier, because it’s about that connection that you have together. Lars shot everything using natural light and with just him and the cast in the room. But David’s an amazing director who trusts his actors and he makes everyone feel they’re working with him and not for him.“I’m standing there caressing this tennis ball [as a stand-in] instead of looking into an elephant and of course it felt incredibly ridiculous. He genuinely wanted everyone to pitch in and he had this incredible way of getting people excited.” Skarsgård spends much of the second half of the film showing off his 8-pack abs, for which he had a 7,000 calories-a-day diet.” , Skarsgård conveys a look of smoldering exasperation as though he’s just seen a compilation of Leeds United’s greatest hits before being reminded of their present sorry plight.) Despite spending eight months in England filming, he never made it to Elland Road.“I did go to one game, Arsenal-Man City, which was great.
I can’t turn it down because it has to be shirtless!
In 1999, a full decade after he quit acting, Skarsgard began pursuing a variety of Swedish film and television roles.
He made his American film debut as an airheaded male model in the wildly popular 2001 comedy (2003), an acclaimed short film featured at the Tribeca and Cannes film festivals.
The show was shot over seven intense months in Namibia, South Africa and Mozambique.
It received rave reviews, and Skarsgard earned critical acclaim for his performance.
But they spent those 15 months hanging out drinking and smoking pot. I wanted to see what it would do to me to go through all of this." During his 15 months in the marines, he trained in hand-to-hand combat, small-squad battle tactics and anti-sabotage attacks. "A lot of the guys I served with wanted to be James Bond, whereas I was a hippie.