Stellan Skarsgard speaks out about the issues that concerned Stieg Larsson

An article in the Orlando Sentinel provides insight into actor Stellan Skarsgard’s thought process about becoming involved with the David Fincher The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo film. He plays Martin Vanger in the upcoming Sony version of the story. Excerpts below. Full text at: EXCLUSIVE: Stellan Skarsgard on ‘Dragon Tattoo’ and what Stieg Larsson knew about Scandinavia’s extremists.

Stellan Skarsgard

Stellan Skarsgard, star of “Mamma Mia!,” the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies and this summer’s smash, “Thor,” is nothing if not diplomatic when talking about the earlier versions of “Dragon Tattoo” tale, films shot in Sweden and starring Swedes. He wasn’t in the films, but he wasn’t “kicking himself” when they came out and became huge worldwide hits. Still, Stellan, father of Alexander (of “True Blood”) did make certain to get on board the Hollywood remake, starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara.

“The books were written at a time when the feminist movement in Scandinavia were very much preoccupied with trafficking of women, and violence against women. Stieg Larsson was a journalist who was, of course, very much a part of that debate. So that’s reflected in the books, and that dictated that this very vivid imagery of violence against women turns up in the movies.

“If people think these novels reflect Scandinavian society in any accurate way, they’re wrong. It’s fiction.”

What of the talk, after the Norwegian massacre, that Larsson was onto something –writing a decade ago about far right wing groups in Scandinavia?

“Larsson was aware of the region’s problems with right wing extremists, Scandinavian neo-Nazis. We’ve had problems with Christian fundamentalists. The Norwegian mass murderer called himself a ‘Christian warrior.’ But that’s not limited to Scandinavia, of course. You have had bombings and killings here in America, too, from the far right.

“I think it’s a global problem, any place you have people ascribing to some rigid ideas and doctrine, you run into this.”

“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” hits theaters Dec. 21.

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