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Finally, A Man Worth Killing

By TK Burton | Industry | October 6, 2009 |

By TK Burton | Industry | October 6, 2009 |

Stellan Skarsgård, one of the least discerning actors in Hollywood — or Sweden, for that matter — has finally been cast in Marvel’s Thor, although who he’s playing has yet to be announced. I say “finally” because, really, don’t act like you haven’t been wondering if he was going to be in it. His son, Alexander Skarsgård, was at one point in talks to play the God of Thunder himself, before the studio went with Chris Hemsworth. But seriously, how could we make a movie about Norse deities without ol’ Stellan?

Skarsgård, you may recall, has overacted in such gems as Deep Blue Sea, King Arthur, and Angels and Demons, and was utterly embarrassing in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Sure, he’s got some good films tossed in there as well — he was damn good in Good Will Hunting and fantastic in Ronin and the original Insomnia. But let’s be serious — the dude is basically the Swedish Christopher Walken.

Although, he does have one of the best arm-severings-by-shark ever filmed:

He’s got the second-best death in that movie, though I couldn’t find a clip of it. Alas. Anyway, Thor, now featuring authentic Norsemen!

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