Over at Deadspin, movie columnist Tim Grierson has given Alexander his Best Performance in a summer movie Award for Monroe in “The Diary of a Teenage Girl“.
Best Performance: Playing a lecherous creep is easy—playing a lecherous creep you almost feel sorry for is hard. In the acclaimed 1970s drama The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Alexander Skarsgård is terrific as Monroe, the boyfriend of Kristen Wiig’s hippie-ish mother to precocious, awkward teen Minnie (an excellent Bel Powley). Soon, Monroe begins a clandestine relationship with the sexually inexperienced daughter, requiring Skarsgård to walk a delicate line between full-blown skuzzball and deeply troubled loser. As its title suggests, Teenage Girlchiefly focuses on Minnie’s coming of age, but it’s Skarsgård who’s instrumental in powering the story, giving us a man who’s never quite aware of the damage he’s doing to this young woman because he’s too busy being absorbed in his own selfishness.
If you are lucky there still may be time to see “Diary” at the cinema, but here in the UK it is disappearing fast.
The third and final season of Bill Skarsgard’s TV show Hemlock Grove will be released by Netflix on October 23 and all 10 episodes will be available to stream at once. I’m looking forward to finding out how everything ends for one of my current favorite bromance duos – Roman and Peter.
Here’s the first teaser promo, which features Bill.
Here’s an in-depth interview Alexander gave to The Herald Scotland during the Edinburgh Film Festival. He talks about growing up in Stockholm and his military service. There’s also some more mentions of “Tarzan” (only 11 months to go now) which only gets us really, really excited as we still await our first glimpse of the Jungle King.
When he was 19 Alexander Skarsgard signed up for national service. He didn’t do it for a laugh. He didn’t do it because he’d always wanted to join the army. He didn’t do it because he wanted to fire a gun. He didn’t even do it because he wanted to react against his lefty bohemian upbringing as embodied in his actor dad Stellan Skarsgard.
He is clear on this when I suggest it might have been. “I don’t know about rebellion,” he tells me as we talk almost 20 years later. “I come from a family of anarchists and socialists and pacifists and I was never into guns myself. I wouldn’t say I did it to p*** off dad or anything.”
No, he says, it was something else. “I grew up in south Stockholm in a very urban environment and I wanted that challenge of doing something that was extreme. It’s physically and mentally quite challenging and I was really intrigued by that.”
There’s now less than a month until “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” receives limited cinema release in the US and UK on August 7. Don’t forget to check your local cinema listings to see if you will be one of the lucky ones who gets a showing near you.
It’s definitely the case of …another festival…another award….. for Alexander Skarsgard’s movie “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” which has today been named the Best International Feature Film at the Edinburgh Film Festival. This follows awards at 2 previous festivals earlier this year – Sundance and Berlin.
Margot Robbie has been talking to elmundo.es about her Hollywood career, including a little bit about Tarzan and Alexander Skarsgard. The interview has been written up in Spanish, but our wonderful site owner Barbara has translated any mention of Tarzan for us. And whilst we are obviously always searching for the intellectual content of each article we couldn’t help but notice that Margot admits she has “never seen a body like his”.