Alexander Skarsgård originally auditioned for the role of Bill Compton on True Blood, creator Alan Ball has revealed.
The Swedish actor, who eventually won the role of Eric Northman on the HBO vampire drama, was keen to play Bill, but the part was later won by Stephen Moyer.
Ball told Details: "Alex wasn't quite right for Bill, but I remember that he was giant and also beautiful. So when it came time to cast Eric, I thought of him."
Skarsgård also told the magazine that his audition for Eric was done on tape from a hotel room.
"I thought, 'Oh, vampires - I don't know', but then they said Alan Ball was behind it, and I was a huge fan of Six Feet Under and American Beauty. I auditioned on tape from my hotel room in Mozambique."