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 . . .