I smile, and I smile, and I smile.
“Melancholia” certainly isn’t the first film to contemplate the end of the world as we know it, but the dreamy drama from writer/director Lars von Trier does boast its own noteworthy debut: the teaming of father/son duo Stellan and Alexander Skarsgård.
In the movie, out Friday (November 11) in New York and L.A., Alexander plays mild-mannered Michael, the man who marries Kirsten Dunst’s slightly unhinged Justine. Father Stellan plays Justine’s boss and Michael’s best man, Jack - a role that required the elder Skarsgård to act out some less than savory behavior.
“He’s such a douche bag in the movie,” Alexander said with a grin.
“Your dad’s a douche bag?” Dunst answered, laughing.
“Well, he is. In real life. He plays himself.”
“They’re really cute together as father and son,” Dunst chimed in. “They’re like bros.”
Kirsten Dunst and Alexander Skarsgard would make a very handsome couple, as they do in the new film, “Melancholia.” The pair play bride and groom on their wedding day, both desperate to connect to the momentous occasion but failing miserably.
The epic film, which covers everything from this gorgeous wedding to the apocalypse, was directed by controversial auteur Lars Von Trier. Often getting himself into trouble with the media for his remarks – most recently about Nazis at this year’s Cannes film festival — Von Trier has also been known to be quite difficult with the talent, famously causing singer Bjork to flee the set of “Dancer in the Dark” due to his erratic behavior.
In an exclusive interview, Metro sat down with the co-stars of his latest work to find out what their on-set experience was like.
Director Lars Von Trier is notorious for controversial directing techniques. Was there anything unorthodox he did while on set?
Dunst: I think it’s going to be taken out of context if I were to say what I wanted to say. I mean, Lars could be a little pervy sometimes but I think that’s just because he’s Danish.
Skarsgard: I’m Swedish but I’m not offended at all. … [To Dunst] That’s why he likes you so much, because you bite back and he loves that. He does like provoking, but in a funny way. He wants to see emotions and what people will do. So he will be, like, at a very formal dinner, and he will stand up and say, “I am going to masturbate now” and he will see if he can get a reaction. So, he is just curious.
Dunst: It becomes super normal though. After, like, two dinners.
Skarsgard: Yeah, you can jerk off now, Lars.
Skarsgard talks ‘True Blood’
What he wants to see in Season 5: “I would love to have some flashbacks with Pam and Eric, to see how he turned her into a vampire. I always loved the relationship between Eric and Pam. It’s so dysfunctional and weird.”
Which supernatural being could beat his character, Eric Northman, in a fight: “A fairy would have a better chance than a werewolf.”
They play doomed newlyweds in controversial director Lars von Trier’s apocalypse drama “Melancholia” — but it seems Kirsten Dunst had an off-screen crush on Alexander Skarsgard.
Dunst — who plays a manic bride who all but dumps Skarsgard at their stuffy wedding reception — gushed about the “True Blood” star at the film’s post-premiere party at New York’s Stone Rose on Monday night.
“My wedding wouldn’t be anything like that — although it wouldn’t be bad to have Alexander Skarsgard as your husband,” she told Flash.
Earlier, at a “Melancholia” cast panel at Alice Tully Hall, Dunst regaled the crowd with tales Skarsgard’s buff body.
“There was one take where Alex took off his shirt. And [von Trier] was like, ‘No, it looks too good, you’ve got to keep your shirt on,’” she said.
Skarsgard said his dad and “Melancholia” co-star Stellan Skarsgard out-partied him on the Swedish shoot.
“My old man can throw down. [Co-star] John Hurt is a pretty decent party animal as well,” he told Flash. “You can’t keep up with them — they’re beasts.”
“Melancholia” at the 49th Annual New York Film Festival