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Alexander Skarsgard

Alexander Skarsgard

Melancholia, Battleship, Straw Dogs

Total Film

June 2011

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It’s in his blood, clearly. Alexander Skarsgård – progeny of the legendary Stellan – has been sinking fangs into nubile necks for the past three years as True Blood’s sexy Viking vampire Eric Northman. The coiled blonde bloodsucker turns avenger in Season 3, about to come out on DVD. But the 34-year-old hasn’t been hanging out in his native Sweden during Blood’s off-season – he’s been carving himself a film career. Skarsgård missed out on Thor, but with the Straw Dogs remake, $200m blockbuster Battleship and Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia (“he’s a teddy bear”) all arriving soon, he has plenty to crow about. “A couple of years ago, my agent would call up producers saying, ‘Check out this guy, he’s been in a bunch of Swedish projects you’ve never heard of,’” says Skarsgård. “Now film producers are calling my agent saying, ‘I’m a big fan, I’d love to meet him.’ I have True Blood to thank for everything.”

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