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Guest post: Types of Roles We’d Love to See Alexander Skarsgard Play

posted by DeeDee @ 1:06 pm on May 15, 2012

As we count down the last few weeks before Season 5 (not to mention recovering from Deadlocked), here’s a guest post about Alex to tide us over.


Alexander Skarsgard has come a long way since his bit part as Meekus in Zoolander.

Skarsgard’s big break came as sexy, blonde vampire Eric Northman on HBO’s True Blood in 2008. The Swedish actor’s fan base has grown rapidly since appearing on True Blood and his role as Eric has opened doors to a more prominent acting career. He starred in 2011’s Straw Dogs, alongside James Marsden and Kate Bosworth, as a less than lovable construction worker from the south with a flair for violence. While this role was beautifully acted and emotionally powerful, fans of this talented and Greek God-esque beauty, such as myself, would like to see him in roles that suit not only his acting, but also our fantasies. Here are some movies that we’d love to see Skarsgard star in:

Skargard’s tall frame, broad shoulders, and slightly muscular build are reminiscent of old Hollywood actors like Cary Grant and Gene Kelly. Musicals similar to Singing in the Rain, Moulin Rouge, or even The Rocky Horror Picture Show would suit Skarsgard and thrill audiences. Everybody loves a man that can sing and dance, and we would love to see Alexander doing just that. Maybe a remake of an old classic would suit his fancy, or True Blood could even be turned into a musical for the stage. We would love to see Sookie, Eric, and Bill singing and dancing their way through the vampires, werewolves, and other mythical creatures that would inevitably pop up.

While Eric Northman’s character in True Blood doesn’t necessarily prove that Alexander would be amazing in a musical, Northman’s old world charm proves that he has the stature and potential to play a powerful leader or member of royalty. Skarsgard would be stunning as a king or leader of an empire, like King Henry XIII. There is a large body of work about King Henry XIII and the amount of historical data surrounding his reign is nearly limitless. Even though other actors have already portrayed aspects of his life, like Jonathan Rhys Meyers in The Tudors, Skarsgard could bring a different perspective to
the story. His look is so different from other actors that have portrayed King Henry that the opportunity for changing the story line would be easier to accept.

Women certainly love royalty, but they also love accents. Skarsgard is originally from Stockholm, Sweden, so why not star in a movie about his native country? The beautiful scenery (and beautiful men) would only be additional perks to what would prove to be an already interesting movie. He could even star in an auto-biographical film about his own life in Sweden, and his rise to fame.

Finally, fans (and again, me!) need to see Alexander get the girl! In True Blood, Eric Northman falls in love with Sookie Stackhouse, but his feelings are never fully validated. A romantic comedy would fit Skarsgard perfectly. We can see his funny side along with his sensitive, romantic side. And we can only hope he would woo his lady with an acoustic guitar and a beautiful song. The audience would swoon! Plus, we can finally feel happy about him falling in love with a girl, and those feelings being reciprocated.

However, whether or not Alexander Skarsgard will actually play any of these roles is yet to be determined. There are so many other types of roles we’d love to see him in – a superhero film, perhaps? (Just imagine Alex in a cape and tights playing opposite a smoldering vixen in a Wonder Woman costume.) He already has a few films slated for release in 2012, such as Battleship, The East, Disconnect, and What Maisie Knew. Plus, we can only assume he will continue to thrill us in True Blood, and have a continued presence in Hollywood. Whatever he does, we’ll always be fans, but a girl can dream, can’t she?

Allison Heard is from HalloweenCostumes.com, where she is totally fine with writing articles that involve daydreaming about Alexander Skarsgard.


Thanks for the guest post, Allison! What are your thoughts? Did Allison nail a genre that you’d love to see Alex try, or do you have something to add to the list? Comment and let us know!


  1. I would love to see Alex in a remake of The Dead Zone.I thought Christopher Walken was fabulous in the original but I think Alex would be great in a reamake. He has the look and he could pull it off. I would also love to see him in a thriller where he’s fighting for his life. I don’t know about a musical,it depends. I am so looking forward to his movies this year. I want to see them all.

    Comment by Betty — May 16, 2012 @ 12:01 am

  2. I would like to see Alex in a James Bond type movie. I think he could pull off espionage. I would also like to see him is a action piece playing the super hero. I was sorry he didn’t get the part of Thor, but if he had, I guess he would evetually would have to give up True Blood. I cannot see him doing a musical or playing Henry The Eighth, but I could see him doing a period piece. I am looking forward to Battleship, but I am afraid his part is so small in that. In the previews I have seen, you barely see Alex. I have only seen him is one or two scenes. I hope I am wrong. I hope his part is a little more substantial than I thought. I think Alex should be the lead in the movie, not just a glorified extra.

    Comment by La Verne — May 16, 2012 @ 11:00 am

  3. Christian Grey in the much talked about 50 Shades of Grey would be an ideal role for him. It wouldn’t be much of a stretch from the Eric Northman character; dominant, authoritative, a leader, and he’s certainly got the looks for the part.

    Comment by Zigette — May 18, 2012 @ 5:14 am

  4. itis ERIC that I love. I love the whole package of Erik as played by AS.. I’ve seen a few of the other AS films including the Swedish ones and I know the big differences between EN & AS. Maybe I just love the unatainable “bad boy” with 1000 yrs of experiences.. AS is OK in the other roles, but he is NOT EN.
    Straw Dogs had a bit of the Erik character..ummmmm sexy

    Comment by eriklover — May 20, 2012 @ 1:40 pm

  5. Alexander has starred in numerous Swedish films. I can’t remember any at the top of my head but some a quick google search will get you those movie titles.

    Comment by Lily — May 24, 2012 @ 5:34 pm

  6. She just meant that she’d like to see him in more Swedish films. =)

    Comment by DeeDee — May 26, 2012 @ 1:07 am

  7. I would love to see Skarsgard in more movies, I feel like Alan Ball sold Eric’s character short so far, and other than Straw Dogs, I haven’t seen many movies where he gets a leading role (Though Om Sara was ah-mazing, if you don’t mind the English subtitles). Quick note though, Henry XIII translates from Roman numerals to mean Henry the 13th. X is the Roman numeral for 10. I could tell you meant Henry VIII, which means Henry the 8th. V is the Roman numeral for 5. It’s an honest goof.

    Comment by Ed. — May 29, 2012 @ 11:46 pm

  8. Yes Eric is by far my favourite caracter in True Blood. I’d like to see him more and mor. Perhaps it’s an idea for him to appear in a romantic comedy for HBO. A movie like the ones made before (Love actually, New Year’s Eve etc.)would please us very much.
    I hope True Blood can last a couple of seasons!
    Love Anna

    Comment by Anna Maria Muller — June 7, 2012 @ 3:22 am

  9. I just finished reading the Fifty Shades trilogy all I can think of while reading was Alexander Skarsgard is The perfect Christian Grey. Maybe someone will here us Zigette.

    Comment by Cati — August 28, 2012 @ 11:27 pm

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