Wednesday, September 14, 2011

From Bon Temps to Shreveport, Skarsgård's latest bad-guy role is in Straw Dogs

am Peckinpah's Straw Dogs was one of several films released in 1971 (A Clockwork Orange was another) that kicked off a long and loud debate about onscreen violence. The film included a highly disturbing rape scene and ended with an extended and unsparing sequence of bloodshed.
Rod Lurie's remake changes the scene from rural England to the American South, but the gist of the film is the same: A timid husband is forced to use extreme violence to defend his wife and his house against a group of menacing thugs.
The new film stars James Marsden and Kate Bosworth, in roles played by Dustin Hoffman and Susan George in the original. The chief villain in the remake is Alexander Skarsgård, best known as the vampire sheriff in HBO's True Blood
He registered in a small comic role as one of the male models in Zoolander and more recently turned up as the boyfriend in a Lady Gaga music video.

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