If you’ve ever stopped by this blog before, you know that I ADORE HBO’s scary and sexy summer series, True Blood, in general, and Alexander Skarsgard’s deliciously devilish Viking Vampire, Eric Northman, specifically. Honestly, can you blame me? How can you NOT love a man who looks like THIS . . .
And SOMETIMES this . . .
And OTHER TIMES this?
So, yes, he’s pretty to look at. (DUH!) But there’s more to it than that . . . much more. Skarsgard’s Northman is smart and sardonic. He also has a mean streak a mile long.
It’s true. Vampire Eric can be brutal, but he can also be charming and surprisingly sweet. Eric Northman has the unique ability to make you go from laughter, to tears, and back to laughter again, with nothing more than a sharp one-liner, a withering look, and a (seemingly) sincere apology.
Eric is strong and ambitious. He has a take charge attitude about every aspect of his life (and undeath). This attitude encompasses his work, as much as his play. This Vampire is Pure Epicure. He LOVES being undead. And undeath loves him . . .
Did I mention he can make your DREAMS COME TRUE?
But, as much as it seems as though Alexander Skarsgard was BORN to play Eric Northman, there WAS life B.V., “BEFORE vampire”
It’s ALIVE! Hallelujah!
As it turns out, Skarsgard’s been doing this whole “acting thing” for quite some time. According to Wikipedia, his acting career began in 1984, when he was just 7-years old. Back then, he starred in the Swedish film, Ake and His World, based on a children’s book by Bertil Malberg. Here’s what he looked like back then . . .
How cute was HE?
But Alexander Skarsgard didn’t enter MY life until about 17 years later, in 2001. That was when he appeared in THIS film . . .
Even those of you who SAW this movie, might not have caught this. (I certainly didn’t, when I first saw it.) But, in Zoolander, Skarsgard played Meekus, Derek’s model friend, who died tragically in a freak gasoline accident.
OK. Maybe some of you already knew that. But did you know that Skarsgard also makes for a really pretty girl?
I always knew Alexander Skarsgard was better looking than I was. But does he also have to be a better looking WOMAN? NO FAIR!
In 2006, just five years after his small part in Zoolander, Skarsgard starred in the kidnapping and crime caper, Kill Your Darlings, as a disturbingly hot, and decidedly suicidal, transvestite, named Geert.
Here’s a clip from the film that I think you’ll really like . . . You’ll figure out why in just a few seconds . . .
So, by this time, Alexander Skarsgard was quite the A-list star in Sweden. However, he hadn’t quite “made it” in the U.S. just yet. (Tragic Zoolander death, notwithstanding). That all changed in 2008, when he landed the role of Sergeant Brad “Iceman” Colbert in the HBO miniseries, Generation Kill. The series, which was based on a book of the same name by Evan Wright, detailed the lives of a real-life Marine Corps battalion during the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
Just like a certain vampire he would begin to play that same year, Iceman was a force with which to be reckoned — a calm, cool, and calculated soldier. Though many lives were undoubtedly lost at the hands of both of these “killers,” both Eric and Iceman possessed, beneath the surface, a refreshing amount of humanity and heart.
Now I know that a good film and television viewer can separate any character from the actor playing him. And yet, I couldn’t keep myself from being reminded of Eric Northman when watching THIS scene . . .
No one does the deadpan delivery of a “biting” one-liner like Skarsgard!
Finally, this year, while on hiatus from filming True Blood, Skarsgard took the opportunity to flex his comedic chops in Beyond the Pole, a British mockumentary about a group of friends who head to the North Pole on a mission to save the world from the scourge of GLOBAL WARMING.
Here, Skarsgard plays Terje, a gay Norwegian athlete, with a tendency to get a little frisky (and dance-y) after a few drinks (and you all KNOW how I LOVE my stars getting dance-y). Check THIS out . . .
I’m willing to bet that Sookie is wishing she was the guy in that video, RIGHT NOW . . .
So, there you have it. A brief, and slightly smutty, look into the wild and wonderful film and television career of Alexander Skarsgard. But, before you go, I DO have one more Alexander Skarsgard image you might enjoy. This one comes from a film he made in 2000, called Hundtricket or The Dog Trick.
WARNING: You might . . . (clears throat) . . . need a COLD shower, after viewing this . . .
21 responses to “Before They Were Vampires – My Slightly Smutty Tribute to Alexander Skarsgard”
I don’t think an icebox could cool me off after that last gif! Anyone who doubts the existence of God clearly has never seen a picture of Mr Skarsgard!! Thank goodness for his Swedish background and his complete comfort with wearing very little… or nothing at all!
Might have to take a looksee at Generation Kill – Alex in uniform?! I’m sold! And he was totally adorable as a little boy :). Thanks for such a great insight into his acting background. I can’t believe some of the movies he has done! No one can accuse him of being typecast, that is for sure!
It is a tough call, but I think I would still rather be the cream filling in a Salvatore brother sandwich than hook up with Mr Northman. But, I must admit that this post was an excellent argument in his favour! Hot AND has a sense of humour!
“the cream filling in a Salvatore brother sandwich” – AWESOME mental image there! Kind of like an Oreo, with the Salvatore brothers as the cookie part! A SALVATOREO! I imagine it would look something like THIS!
(I use that image all the time, BTW . . . never gets old.) 😉
Thanks so much for your kind words. As you know, I’m a HUGE Salvatoreo fan myself, but that doesn’t mean I can’t have a little Vampire Eric, on the side, right? 😉
Interesting observation re: Skarsgard’s Swedish roots and the HIGH nudity quotient in his films, particularly the European ones. They are defintely WAY more comfortable with sex over there than we are here. I’m willing to bet that a good portion of Skarsgard’s films would get NC-17 ratings, if they were released in the U.S.. (Believe it or not, I actually had trouble getting to a lot of his YouTube videos, because they were flagged as “inappropriate.”)
I actually didn’t catch Generation Kill during its original run either, but it looks amazing. And I heard really great things about it. So, I may be watching with you! 🙂
Skarsgard’s acting career thus far IS definitely refreshingly diverse. Anyone who can seamlessly morph from a child star, to a male model, to a tranny, to a soldier, to a gay explorer, and finally to a vampire, is OK in my book ;).
Funnily enough, I have an open package of Oreos at home (yes! we can get them in Oz!)… let’s just say that when I dunked them in milk today they had never tasted SO DAMN GOOD! Seriously, the word Salvatoreo deserves its own trademark or something!!!
I love the pic and your frequest usage of it in recaps! To be Nina during that photo shoot… 🙂
And I agree, there is plenty of room for all these hot vampires! I sometimes wish there was a little more of the devilish charm Eric has in the books in the TV series. At least there are snippets of it… “Passionate, primal sex” comment anyone? Or saying Sookie was “superb” after sucking the bullets out of his chest, and kind of implying that she had given him a sexual favour? 🙂
In any case, I’m curious to see what Alex has coming up!
True! Book Eric is a bit bawdier (at least in terms of sweet and sexy comments to Sookie) than Show Eric (of course, in amount ACTUAL SEX, Show Eric wins hands down – Book 4, notwithstanding ;)).
I was actually kind of disappointed last season that we never got to see Vampire Eric sport those super tight hot pink pants and “nail” Sookie on top of the car, like he did in Book 2. (Classic scene, BTW! One of my favorites in the series.) I have a feeling this will ALL CHANGE in Season 4, however . . .
Alex has a TON of new movies coming out within the next couple of years! According to IMDB there are FOUR to be exact:
He’s even starring in a movie based on that old board game, Battleship, alongside Taylor Kitsch from Friday Night Lights. You can check out my blogger pal Amy’s article on the topic here. (Sexy pictures of stars included)
Oh, and here’s a trailer for Alex’s upcoming Swedish film, Trust Me, in which he is starring alongside his younger brother, Gustaf. (Contains English subtitles.)
Well, if he is clad in a certain red article of clothing in S4, I can forgive Alan Ball the transgression of not dressing him in the hot pink pants 🙂 Hehe!
The thought just occurred to me that the shower gif you gave might be a bit of foreshadowing for things to come???
Thank you, thank you, thank you for the links to all the Skarsgard goodies coming our way! I wonder when the man sleeps?? One thing’s for sure, we’ll be able to enjoy the fruits of his labour!
LOl, “FRUITS” being the operative word! 😉
OMG! How could I have POSSIBLY forgotten the Book 4 shower scene! I think I’m going to have to do a “gif comparison” when that plays out on TV next season. 😉
And the “certain little red article of clothing” – YUM! Alan Ball is certainly going to have his work cut out for him, if he wants to please us Vampire Eric and Skarsgard fans next summer ;).
To many guys again in this blog… Ever hear of vampirella? How about some equal time for the female vampires..
LOL. Point taken, Buddy. But in my defense, what exactly were you expecting from a post entitled the “Slightly Smutty Tribute to Alexander Skarsgard?” 🙂
What I CAN offer you is a very nice dream sequence between Eric and Sookie, which features quite a bit of Anna Paquin cleavage . . . and some soft core . . . which EVERYBODY loves, male AND female! 😉
Honestly all my thoughts flew on the window when I saw the last gif. I can’t begin to produce a coherent thought that, well let’s be honest, doesn’t end up thinking rauchy thoughts about Mr. Alexander Skarsgard.
Ok moving on lol I remember him a little in Zoolander, but had you told me he was to play Eric in True Blood I would have called you crazy.
But honestly amazing actor who has the best lines of all time. One-line always wins. Just ask Connor Paolo from Gossip Girl.
But I love him, never fails to put a smile on my face even when alter-ego Eric is being mean to Sookie. More of him, please and thank you.
On a more embarrassing note: when he was attempting to light himself on fire I totally yelled “Is he gonna fire himself!?!” True story lol
“Is he gonna fire himself!?!” – LOL. Well, he WAS fired . . . so it’s not as though you were incorrect. 🙂
It’s funny. I was reading the comments for the Zoolander YouTube video, and someone mentioned how CHEAP gas must have been in 2001, that they would all just feel free to go spraying it all over eachother like that. THAT would cost a FORTUNE, today! Then again, they never did end up having to pay . . . *shakes head, sadly*
(Connor Paolo DOES have some AWESOME one liners on GG! But Ed Westwick still reigns as El Supremo One-Liner King, in my humble opinion. ;)).
I know I love Vampire Eric, because, even though he WAS mean to Sookie last week, I totally justified his actions in my head, and to everyone who brought it up in our weekly TB discussions. (“He didn’t really MEAN that. He’s just trying to get vengeance against Russell for killing his parents, and he doesn’t want Sookie to blow his cover. He LOVES Sookie!” – Yeah, I’ve said this speech A LOT this week.)
Of course, when BILL was mean to Sookie a few weeks prior, I had NO SUCH SYMPATHY! 🙂 Go figure . . .
Vikings with beautiful abs, that look especially good soapy, can do that to a girl . . . 😉
Thanks for your fab comments as always, M! It’s always fun to fangirl with you!
Cannot think properly after the .gif
This post is such perfection. I didn’t half of this stuff. The travestite. Like, OMG.
But seriously, I cannot think properly because I’m without sleep for 25 hours now. I may comment again when I get some sleep, but I’m not sure. Sorry about this crappy comment
LOL! Thanks so much Carol! 🙂 I’m so glad you enjoyed the post, and that you loved that SOAPY gif as much as I did.
Pretty racy, right? I was actually worried that I would wake up this morning and find my blog stamped with an “adult content” label. I’ve read that they do that on WordPress. Then again, it would probably increase my hit count for my blog to be labeled that way. . . 😉
I thought your comment was fabulous, by the way! 🙂 So no worries there. And I hope you have a good sleep . . . As someone who rarely manages to get more than four hours a night, I can certainly relate! 🙂
* “I didn’t know half of this stuff”
see? cannot even type
Well now we know what the definition of a perfectly hot guy is…..he looks great as a little boy, great as a woman, great as a man, great as a gay guy, great as a soldier, great as a vampire. I vote for Eric Northman. Thanks for the great blog KJewls…I’ll be rereading it (videos included of course) many many times.
Well put, Amazon Annie! Alexander Skarsgard is literally a jack of trades . . . well jack of all LOOKS, actually. And he’s a pretty darn good actor too.
Talk about reinventing yourself, over and over again! Skarsgard has more personas out there than MADONNA! Better still, he is able to completely inhabit each and every role, seamlessly. He makes it all look so easy!
And I hope you enjoy re-watching those videos! (I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve already watched them more than a few times, myself!) 😉
Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! 🙂
Whew! I was getting worried as I got towards the end of this post that you were NOT going to have that shower scene!!
How could I EVER DOUBT YOU???!! :-pppp
Of course you know he was named “Sexiest Man Alive” in Sweden for like – 5 years running?
I sent “Generation Kill” back to Netflix without watching it. I guess my desire for “hot shirtless vampires” is stronger than my desire for “hot shirtless soldiers.”
I save the best for last! ALWAYS! I know where MY bread is buttered! 😉
Apparently, those Swedes have good taste . . .
Somewhere on YouTube, SOMEONE must have made a video that boils down the entire series of Generation Kill to just Skarsgard shirtless scenes. And when I find it I will post it here . . . We lead busy lives! Efficiency is key! 🙂
Hey, when we’re “World Famous FanGirl Bloggers” we can hire someone to find – or better yet – MAKE stuff like that FOR US!
Can you put “Must be cute, male and willing to be shirtless” in a job description??
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