Alexander Skarsgård first gained major notice on the sexy HBO vampire series ‘True Blood’ which was equal parts gore and froth, but more recently, he’s taken steps to become *gasp* respectable. He has won a Golden Globe, an Emmy, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and more for his role on HBO’s acclaimed ‘Big Little Lies’. But sometimes those types of roles take a toll, which is why the Swedish-born actor says he jumped at the chance to star in a straight-up popcorn flick, next year’s ‘Godzilla Vs. Kong’.
“I’d done a row of darker, very intense subject matters and darker roles, like The Kill Team, The Aftermath, The Little Drummer Girl, a limited series that I did about the conflict in the Middle East, Hold the Dark, which was a Netflix movie that was also very, very dark, and Big Little Lies, which was about abuse. So, there was a row of extraordinarily interesting projects and subject matters, but I was also ready to play a character with a bit more levity and have a bit more fun in something that was not as dark and intense.
“I’d met Adam Wingard, the director of Godzilla vs. Kong, before, and I really liked him. And the guys at Legendary – Alex Garcia, Jay Ashenfelter and Mary Parent – are just awesome people and really good collaborators, if you’re gonna do a big action movie. It was a fun character to play. He’s a good guy and a likable guy, which I was quite ready to play after row of dark characters, but he’s also not boring.”
He might be playing a traditional action hero in ‘Godzilla Vs. Kong’, but Skarsgård will return to the dark side in CBS All Access’ adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’. He is portraying one of King’s most sinister villains, Randall Flagg. That project is now in production, and is expected to arrive next year.
In the meantime, ‘Godzilla Vs. Kong’ storms into theaters on March 13, 2020. Skarsgård can also be seen in the war movie ‘The Kill Team’.