Belfast Telegraph

Skarsgard: I only do easy stunts

Stellan Skarsgard has admitted he won't do any action stunts if he thinks he can get hurt.

The 63-year-old actor stars in new revenge thriller In Order Of Disappearance, about a snowplough driver on a mission to bring his son's killers to justice.

But Stellan confessed: "I don't do any action where I can get hurt. I have stunt guys for that, they're really good at getting hurt. So the only stunts I did was driving stunts and they didn't hurt."

And despite the dark subject matter of the film, Stellan insisted he had a good time shooting the movie on location in Norway as it was directed by his friend Hans Petter Moland.

He said: "It wasn't lonely - it was a big film crew and a lot of good friends and I had my family there so I never felt lonely. I felt cold."

Stellan said: "It is a revenge thriller, like a classic Western in a way, but the man I'm playing is a pretty boring and average guy that turns into this avenger.

"But the reason for that is he doesn't have the tools to handle his frustration and sorrow after his son gets killed. So everything has to come out somehow and it comes out in a way of killing a lot of people. Which is not morally OK, but as an audience you can understand it."

The Avengers star will next be appearing in a very different film - Disney's live action remake of Cinderella, directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Downton Abbey's Lily James.

Stellan said: " I think it's very nice that Disney have decided not to do Cinderella taking place amongst crack addicts or something - or modernising it or making it darker. But they go for the original story which actually has worked for 2,000 years plus. Which is a story about an innocent and good human being.

"And I think Lily James is perfect for that role. She radiates innocence and goodness. There's nothing nasty or devious about her at all."

He said of working with Kenneth, who also directed him in Thor: The Dark World: " I like him a lot. He's an actor, he knows what you need as an actor and I have fun working with him."

:: In Order Of Disappearance is in cinemas now.


From Belfast Telegraph