The Many Faces Of Stellan Skarsgård

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This week, Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac will be released (or unleashed, perhaps a better word here) in the United States. In that film, Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) tells a stranger the story of her life. The patient listener is Seligman, played by Stellan Skarsgård, and in this role he proves once again what a great and reliable actor he is.

While easily recognizable, few international stars can claim to be as average-looking as Stellan Skarsgård does, and this quality makes him versatile. His acting prowess is formidable: he can radiate an icy cold or a soothing warmth at will. And he is always totally believable, whether he is a knowledgeable professor, a nice neighbour, a boorish laborer, an emotionless assassin, or an arrogant prick.

So once again I'm going to use a gallery of eight shots of one of my favorite thespians to make a quiz. Click through the images and guess which eight productions they're from. No competition, no prizes, just for fun, try to see how far you get without using IMDB.

And I'll post the answers next Thursday (earlier if someone has all eight of them right).

And here he is in Nymphomaniac, his latest collaboration with Lars Von Trier. Needless to say this shot isn't part of the quiz yet, but all others are. So have a good cycle through them all, and see how many you get!

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KurtMarch 21, 2014 11:35 AM

SHot #4 is definitely RONIN, my favorite Skarsgard performance (well, tied with Insomnia, which is shot #8?)

DavideCoppolaMarch 21, 2014 12:26 PM

I love Stellan! or so I thought.. Only a couple of those seem familiar.

Ard VijnMarch 21, 2014 2:41 PM

RONIN is correct, INSOMNIA not. Keep at it!

owenMarch 21, 2014 3:55 PM

1. King of devils island
3. breaking the waves
6. Pirates of the Caribbean at world's end
8. The Hunt for Red october

IvanMarch 21, 2014 4:43 PM

King of Devil's Island, Mamma Mia, Riket (the Kingdom), Ronin, Good Will Hunting, Pirates of the Caribbean: At world's end, Thor: The Dark World, The hunt for red october

Ard VijnMarch 22, 2014 5:43 PM

It's the regular THOR, not THE DARK WORLD, but I'll let that slide (chances are Marvel used that shot for both films...).

Well done! I thought nobody would get the RIGET shot.

Ard VijnMarch 22, 2014 5:44 PM

No.3 is not BREAKING THE WAVES, but the others are correct!