Alexander Skarsgard Is A VAMPIRE No More

Published on March 18, 2016

ALEXANDER SKARSGARD chose to star in comedy WAR ON EVERYONE to prove to everyone he’s not just a vampire.

Alexander Skarsgard

The Swedish hunk’s biggest role to date is blood-sucker Eric Northman in TV series True Blood, but with several upcoming movies to his name he’s slowly leaving his fangs behind. One is funny flick War on Everyone, in which he and Michael Pena play two corrupt cops who decide to take on some bad guys.

“To me, I was working on a television show for seven years,” he told Complex. “We had five months off every year. Because I wasn’t known before the television show, that was the only character that people knew. It was like, ‘Oh, he’s Eric Northman.’ So people have a tendency to typecast you.

“I want to prove and show people I can do something else. It’s just like you said: why would I spend seven months shooting True Blood and then, during my hiatus, play the same character?”

Michael, whose film titles include The Martian and Ant-Man, weighed in on why he doesn’t choose to do comedy projects all the time. He mixes work projects up like he would with his diet, explaining after eating pizza for so long – doing films he loves – he fancies a taco, meaning he’ll pick a different role.

He and Alexander had never met before filming War on Everyone but bonded immediately, and their onscreen chemistry is off the scale.

Alexander Skarsgard

“We didn’t want to make it trivial,” Michael said of their union. “(my character) Bob is so important to Terry (Alexander). He’s like the most important person in the world. Terry feels stupid. I’m lost without him. That’s how it feels. It’s funny and broad in many ways, but it’s also a beautiful love story between these two.”

When asked to sell the feature, Michael admitted viewers will “probably be offended”.