Alexander Skarsgard poses for a boxing-themed photoshoot: gross or sexy?

Alexander Skarsgard did a weird boxing-themed photoshoot with Women’s Wear Daily. I’m not sure what to make of this, unless this is the reason why Alex looked kind of banged up back in March (although that seems like a long time ago for a photoshoot). I like the motorcycle pics and the one of Alex looking haunted and bruised. Meh. I’m not into boxers really. Maybe that’s why I’m not feeling this. Alex sat down for an interview too, although he didn’t have much to say:

Actors he admires: “I’ve learned to be genuinely happy if someone likes what I do,” he says. It helps that he’s a fan himself. “I love Spencer Tracy. And Marlon Brando was phenomenal—I’m a huge fan of his. Paul Newman, as well, with Hud. There was a darkness and also something very naturalistic about the way they acted that you didn’t see so much of before that. They weren’t theatrical. James Cagney had it, too. That intensity. For a leading man, to have that darkness, and to be able to explore that, back when a lot of them were just flashy leading men… Cagney was awesome. Awesome.”

Deciding to join the army: “My dad is an actor and all his friends are artists, painters, musicians, actors—so it was great, growing up with these super-creative, interesting people. There were big dinner parties, and my dad loves to cook. Tons of wine—it was a crazy household, but so much love, as well. So I come from a family of these super-left-wing pacifist bohemians and wanted to challenge myself and do something completely different from what I was used to.”

[From WWD]

Ha, I had never thought of Alex as trying to be “rebel” against his free-love, left-wing parents. His parents are like “Food, parties, ART, dancing, socialism!” And Alex is all, “I’m going to join the Army and move to a capitalist country. Rebellion!” Anyway, the most interesting part – for me – of this WWD piece was Alex’s Disconnect director Henry-Alex Rubin lovingly describing Alex in detail:

Henry-Alex Rubin, the director of Disconnect, on Alex: “He’s less like his father and more like Victor Sjöström in Wild Strawberries—a great Swedish actor who did a lot with very little. As opposed to a lot of Americans, who come from the Stella Adler school, Alex comes from the Swedish school of doing a lot with very little. There are a lot of shots [in Disconnect] where he does absolutely nothing on screen. Just a tiny shift in the eyes. And that’s his choice.”

“True Blood capitalizes on his brooding, mysterious quality, but in real life Alex is very sweet and thoughtful and even kind of boyish. At festivals or when we’re out socially, I watch as he spends his time taking pictures with these middle-aged housewives and grannies. It’s little things like him bending at the knees, not to dwarf them in pictures. It reminds me of what I’ve read about James Dean, how respectful he was around women, which is a contradiction, because he was such a handsome boy. In a similar way, Alex doesn’t act like a handsome lady-killer. He’s very respectful, and that’s something you wouldn’t expect, because women find him to be a sex symbol, and he’s got these screaming True Blood fans. But he doesn’t exploit or even take advantage of his looks, and I think that’s telling. He has never said this to me, but I imagine he is tired of playing a vampire and wants to explore different sides of himself. I think, in the past, he has been underestimated, which is a great place to be, because then you can blow people away.”

Rubin has been out on the town with Skarsgård as well and reports, “He’s a really loving drunk. I probably shouldn’t say that, but you know how people’s personalities come out when they’re drunk.”

The director also talked about the filming of a key scene in Disconnect, when Skarsgård’s character finally loses it: “When he broke down and cried like a baby, even the crew was shocked. He really cracked—and when he cried, it was real. It wasn’t fake crying. He reached inside. He went in deep and he found it and he cracked. It was very emotional to experience, watching him do that on set. I imagine that it is difficult for anyone in Swedish culture, because they are incredibly restrained people who don’t often wear their emotions on their sleeves.”

“He’s a good mover… The way an actor moves through space is essential to believing them. Alex moves like a soldier. More important, there’s a mystery to him. You don’t meet Alex and immediately think, ‘I understand him.’ It takes a long time. If I were to compare him to someone that he is going to grow into, he reminds me of Clint Eastwood.”

[From WWD]

Comparing Alex to Clint Eastwood and James Dean? Yeah. I can kind of get on board with that. We need someone to step up and be the “New Clint” anyway. So many of these young guys are trying to be the “New Jack Nicholson” (fail) or the “New Marlon Brando” (fail) or “New James Dean” (fail), just as much as young actresses try to be the next Marilyn Monroe or Audrey Hepburn. Why not go for Clint? Or Ava Gardner.

Photos courtesy of WWD.

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  1. marie says:

    why is this even a question? always, ALWAYS sexy..

    now all I need to do is chase him down and get him drunk.

  2. spugzbunny says:

    Oy. I’d climb that like a tree.

  3. Amelia says:

    I’m not a fan of the photo shoot.
    It reminds me a little of (please don’t shoot me for this!) that ridiculous spread BabyBieber did when he was covered in blood in a boxing ring; cue Beliebers fawning over their ‘strong and mighty’ hero *vomits*.
    I’m not really into huge displays of brute force.
    I prefer the subtle insinuation that a guy *could* easily beat the crap out of someone, but chooses not to because he’s smarter than that/can’t be arsed/doesn’t need to prove his masculinity to anyone.
    I don’t like the way they’ve styled his hair here, but I’d still be all over it like a house on fire.

  4. ncboudicca says:

    Alex Skarsgard is the real life Alex P Keaton?

    I don’t really dig his hair styled like that but I can’t object to shirtless sweaty photos of ASkars.

  5. dcypher1 says:

    The Viking dong looks hot in this shoot I would hit that even if he was dressed like a clown.

  6. silken_floss says:

    Alex can do no wrong in my book. Looks good to me :)

  7. Faye says:

    Not a fan of this look, but it’s an interesting shoot from an artistic perspective. On a selfish level, I want Alex in a well-fitting suit 24/7 (when he’s not naked in bed with me, of course), but I guess we have to let him try different things once in a while :) .

    I agree with Rubin that Alex has always given off a vibe of being respectful toward women. I don’t know how to put my finger on it, exactly, but something in his interviews and the way he talks about/relates to women just seems respectful. And that is a nice contrast to much of Hollywood, frankly.

    I don’t think his joining the army was a rebellion — it kind of seemed like just a new experience. From his interviews it seems like he’s very close to his family, and that they sort of just shrugged when he joined the army. I think it’s cool that despite their very left-wing views, they were supportive of him and just let him follow his own path.

    Also, regarding “moving to a capitalist country,” although Sweden is pretty liberal, there are plenty of capitalists there!

  8. Tig says:

    The photo shoot is awful, but he was so cute on Conan the other night! Great interview.

    Did anyone else’s hackles go up a bit re the director’s oh- so condescending remarks re “middle aged women and grannies” being fans of his? What, there’s an age limit on fans? I so despise that attitude- guess what, those fans are part of the reason he’s in your movie- so be grateful to them! OK rant over, off to get coffee!

  9. Vee says:

    Not a fan of glorified violence. I really dislike this shoot. But, I love the article and the directors very revealing thoughts on Alex.

  10. sauvage says:


    Way to go, Alex. Once “True Blood” ends, grow it out and never ever shave it off again. Yours sincerely. Yeah, I am somewhat stoneage-y when it comes to men.

  11. MichelleR says:

    I like him….but I find his personality so much more attractive than his face. He is so damn charming.

  12. Samigirl says:

    He is the most handsome man alive, IMO (sorry, husband). Even bloody and bruised. On Conan, he said he likes aggressive women. Here, we learn he’s a loving drunk. So, if he ever comes back to my hometown for a movie, I’ll be getting him drunk and being very aggressive!

    • Veronica says:

      He is gorgeous. And also notorious for saying outlandish things to pander to his decidedly female fan base/audience. And it works, doesn’t it? Look how many fans are praising him for now “liking aggressive women” even though out of the other side of his mouth he’s said he can’t stand aggressive women.

      • lostinspace33 says:

        I’m fairly certain his comment about liking “aggressive women” on Conan was very much tongue-in-cheek, as were most of his responses during that interview. It’s one of the things I like about him…he doesn’t take himself too seriously.

  13. Jenna says:

    LOL Oh, those pictures made me laugh. Especially the ones where he’s on the ropes and knocked out. But he does looks good on that motorcycle. Still don’t want to bang him anymore though.

  14. Ashling says:

    I like the motorcycle pic, but the rest not so much. He was cute on Conan.

  15. lucy2 says:

    The shoot is OK, something different. I think he looks his best all dressed up in a nice suit.

    His Conan interview was great. Some girl in the audience screamed that she loved him, and he was like “I don’t know you , but eventually I could love you too I guess” or something like that.

    Finally saw Maisie – very good movie. Hot as he is, he’s also a really good actor, and I’m glad to see him getting so much varied work.

  16. RHONYC says:

    this is EXACTLY how Skarsie would look after one night with yours truly. ;-)

    *drops mic*

  17. GiGi says:

    You must go here and watch the second link where he talks about how he likes his women and about being a devoted “I’ll love you for the rest of my life” type…. very nice.

  18. Veronica says:

    After the startlingly dumb appearance he gave on Conan the other night my hots for him are seriously in a cooling period. Dude, come on. You’re almost 37.

    • yipeeeeeee says:

      Yeh that was a serious boner killer huh? He just seemed so stupid and dumb.
      He probably get around a lot and he’s bored with the women who throw themselves at him and was looking to attract a new set.
      Last month he was talking about kids.
      If he was doing it for attention it worked.
      Do not find him attractive right now.

    • like father like son says:

      Well, his dad Stellan Skarsgård, at age of 62 and with 8 children still does that, so obviously “immaturity” aka playfulness runs in the family. What I’ve seen on the other forums seems that Veronica is very alone with her “not liking Alex’ Conan appearance” opinions. Who would know that any “Trubie” could be so prude and narrow minded.

    • Liz says:

      I think he was just over-prepped. You could tell he was waiting for the questions that his PR team gave Conan. Maybe he is a little about his accent and how he answers questions. He seemed way more comfortable when the obvious questions were not coming and when they went on commercial break and like when he was going back and forth with Andy. He has not been the best interviewer in general. His smile makes me want to faint. And his hands make me want to faint right after that.

  19. Veronica says:

    I love the photo shoot. It’s dramatic and dark and different. How many photos can a man take with one expression on his face and his arm over his head? That one where he’s acting knocked against the ropes is so masculine and amazing. The interview…same ol’, same ol’. Nothing new.

  20. Miss Kiki says:

    *sigh* My beautiful Viking. Never change.

  21. Londongal says:


    Seriously. The Viking is:
    tall, hot, interesting, smart and well travelled and now we hear, respectful of women. SIGH. Literally couldn’t fancy him any more.

  22. Jen34 says:

    I think the photos are just awful. However, the interview kind of confirms what it I think (dream) he is like.

  23. Minx says:

    Lol! Sounds like The Viking has someone’s panties all in a twist. *snickers*

    Adore Alex, and he was soooo good on Conan! He was just adorable.

    As for the photoshhoot? Totally hot. I get what they were going for. They mentioned it in the WWD article. “To commemorate the change, M set him up at Fortune Gym, on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, to re-create the sweaty Hollywood glamour of Somebody Up There Likes Me (starring Paul Newman, 1956), or Champion (Kirk Douglas, 1949)”

    It worked.

  24. Anonny says:

    That nose is not gonna age well.

  25. drea says:

    I thought I would like him more with this hairstyle, but no. Maybe Skarsy should go back to the buzz cut he had in Generation Kill.

  26. RHONYC says:

    the only ‘NEW’ anything i could equate him with since he came on the scene was the ‘New’ sexier, blonder original Darren from TVs ‘Bewitched’.

    seriously, i think Skarsie, Dick York AND Jim Carrey could be cousins.

    jussayin :-D

  27. Mew says:

    Some of the photos are quite dumb / badly executed, but that’s hardly Alex’s fault. Not the best shoot, some pics are ok, some are just kind of embarrasing.

  28. Roo says:

    I still like him but haven’t seen the Conan appearance yet. He is a beautiful man, and his torso is a work of art!

  29. Annie says:

    Am I the only person who saw that second to last photo and thought “Dogpile!!!!!”?

  30. mary g says:

    Photoshoot: uncomplimentary, doesn’t make a fashion statement, isn’t interesting in composition, doesn’t say anything ‘new.’

    Conan: AS was polite, amusing, somewhat ill at ease, and a little slow on the uptake. Conan was ridiculous, asking the same questions AS has been asked a million and one times. Is there nothing else to discuss besides female fans, being a vampire on TB, and being Swedish?

    Article above: the director was trying to say nice things, but was inept at doing so. Being nice when drunk is not what you want published about a celebrity. AS should no longer remind anyone of being a little boy. He’s mid-thirties, time to act adult.
    He did make a good point, saying that AS has been underestimated, and that’s a good place to be. That’s true, but it’s only an advantage when you deliver a lot more than expected. I hope he does. He seems like a very nice guy.

    • lostinspace33 says:

      I think his “slow on the uptake” issue, which is apparent in all of his interviews, is due to the language barrier. People seem to forget, because his English is so incredibly good and he has almost no foreign accent, that English is not his native tongue. I imagine he still thinks primarily in Swedish and whenever he is asked a question, there is a second or two of translation necessary in his brain before he can formulate and speak an answer. The worst interviews are the ones where the interviewer doesn’t give him a chance to translate and thinks he doesn’t know what to say, so they jump in immediately and try to lead or answer for him. He was interviewed on Regis and Kelly once a year or two ago and Regis did exactly that. The whole interview was terribly awkward and uncomfortable because Regis kept trying to answer for him.