The Should-Be-Recognized Swedish Export.

Article by James
Ok. Another shout out to actors you see but don’t account to the celebrity blah-mill of life. Stellan Skarsgard.

I recently needed to admit to myself that I am a HUGE fan of Las von Triers, but had not seen his most acclaimed film, 1996’s Breaking the Waves. So I made the effort to watch it. I didn’t particularly like 2003’s Dogville (I think it was Kidman), but have always admired the filmmaking of this man. I understand the misogynist tag. I do. And I do reel against it at times. But, he does produce performances that are utterly brutal and essentially beautiful. Emily Watson in Breaking the Waves, like Bjork in 2000’s Dancer in the Dark; ahhhh, Charlotte Gainsbourg was astonishing in 2009’s Antichrist. And then of course there is Kirsten Dunst in 2011’s Melancholia. Who would have thought?

But Stellan Skarsgard has actually been in most von Trier’s films and is currently a supporting cast member in the current American version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. He is a solid supporting actor that has given many the best springboard for a performance worthy of award. As Watson’s crippled husband and focus of obsession in Breaking the Waves, to supporting cast member across 2006 and 2007’s Pirates of the Caribbean films to 2011’s Thor. The man even braved leading the cast for 2004’s Exorcist: The Beginning. Flawed and crucified (mild pun intended) by critics. I loved it.

 Support this guy. He returns in 2012 with the much-anticipated 2012 flick The Avengers. He plays Dr. Erik Selvig. Lost I’m sure amongst Iron Man, Captain America, etc, but well worth the attention. Dig him people.

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