The Swedes have been underrated for a long time (in my book). As someone adopted into a Swedish/Norwegian family, I’ve enjoyed the meatballs and the pancakes, the pepparkakor and being my MorMor’s “lilla flicka”. It doesn’t get much better - well, not until I saw a Skarsgård incompletely dressed.
But before Alex came Stellan, a fine character actor (Good Will Hunting, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Dogville, Breaking the Waves) who is about to be all over our big screens in the American adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Thor and Lars von Trier’s Melancholia (in which his son also stars). Meanwhile, Stellan is getting rave reviews for his performance in A Somewhat Gentle Man, finally opening stateside in limited release this Friday. The black comedy follows ex-Con Ulrik (Stellan Skarskgård), just released from prison and trying - against all odds and old bosses and accomplices - to go straight.
Here’s the trailer:
For his “low-key” and “brilliant” performance in Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland’s film, Skarsgård was awarded Best Actor at the 2010 Fantastic Fest.
Meanwhile, for those of you looking for the next big Swedish thing (did your mind go where mine just did?) - there are a pair of writers (Anders Roslund and Börge Hellström) who just released their latest crime thriller Three Seconds. And lest we forget our favorite ginger-pigtailed heroine, Pippi Longstocking, word is out that Winter’s Bone director Debra Granik is working on a film treatment.
(Sources: IFC, LA Times)