Thursday, August 12, 2010

True Blood’s Alexander Skarsgard Based Eric on Lions and so did Charlaine !

There is a basis in the books for this....
Dead to the World 

Eric looked at me intently. I couldn't read his expression. "Had you ever killed anyone before?" he asked.
"Of course not!" I said indignantly. "Well, I did hurt a guy who was trying to kill me, but he didn't die.
No, I'm a human. I don't have to kill anyone to live."
"But humans kill other humans all the time. And they don't even need to eat them or drink their blood."
"Not all humans."
"True enough," he said. "We vampires are all murderers."
"But in a way, you're like lions."
Eric looked astonished. "Lions?" he said weakly.
"Lions all kill stuff." At the moment, this idea seemed like an inspiration. "So you're predators, like lions and raptors. But you use what you kill. You have to kill to eat."
"The catch in that comforting theory being that we look almost exactly like you. And we used to be you.
And we can love you, as well as feed off you. You could hardly say the lion wanted to caress the antelope."
Suddenly there was something in the air that hadn't been there....

Alexander Skarsgård has revealed that he based his True Blood character Eric on lions.
Skarsgård explained that he had been inspired when he watched a wildlife documentary.
“I was fascinated by the male lion, the way he moved, the confidence,” he said. “When he just sat down and looked straight at the cameraman, he did absolutely nothing, but for a second you didn’t know whether he was going to yawn and fall asleep or pounce.
“I thought it would be interesting to try to find that. You don’t show your teeth, you don’t say anything, you don’t show it. It’s the not knowing that’s interesting. Anything could happen.”
Skarsgård also explained that he tries not to “overplay” Eric, saying: “I’m a huge fan of all the old vampire movies, Max Schreck in Nosferatu or Béla Lugosi in Dracula.
“But this guy functions in human society. He’s a club owner. So I wanted to underplay it a bit and make it real. At the same time, I try to find that animalistic quality and the element of danger.”


Rita said...

Always love his interviews as they are
always very telling.He is very open.