Inspirational Quotes by Stellan Skarsgard

I don’t know if I am a good cook, but I am a dedicated cook.

Stellan Skarsgard

I do believe in humanism, and I believe that we should treat each other with respect and care and look after each other. All human beings should have an equal chance to survive in society, and inequality is a big problem in society.

Stellan Skarsgard

My father used to stress that he valued us all as individuals, but that no one in the world was worth more or less than anyone else. This was a good principle to establish in a large family.

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It’s not in the tradition: not even the schoolkids have hot lunches in Norway. They bring a couple of sandwiches from home.

Stellan Skarsgard

Even if you’re the President of the United States, you still act like a little child and think like a little child sometimes. Childish behavior is what I look for in all of my characters because that is what makes them human.

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I don’t feel ashamed or humiliated when I am naked, but I definitely feel it when I am playing games.

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I love having 30 shots of every scene.

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One of the beauties of ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ is the very delicate and strange relationship between the two main characters.

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I’m in Stockholm in my office. I just got here after seeing my eighth child on an ultrasound, so I’m in a good mood. It’s beautiful: an energetic little skeleton.

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Even the most despicable person is still a human being.

Stellan Skarsgard

Even the most despicable person is still a human being.

Stellan Skarsgard

The distribution systems and the cinemas have adopted to the blockbusters, and they now get their main income from selling popcorn, and if you don’t make a film that sells popcorn, it’s very hard to get it out there.

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I grew up in a family where you were allowed to say anything; you were allowed to show weakness… I have no problems talking about anything, basically. But at the same time, I know I’m different than a woman.

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From my second son Gustav, I bought one of his complaints for 200 kroner. He was complaining that he was a middle child – he wasn’t the beloved first child, and he wasn’t the cute little youngest child. So I said, can I use that same wording in a film? And he said yeah. So I bought it from him.

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Norwegian kids, they grow up well educated in film. So they have a lot of good directors there.

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The way I look at humanity, I don’t think there’s good guys or bad guys. We’re all potentially bad and potentially good.

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I was the eldest of five children, and although I never saw myself as any kind of leader, as the eldest, like it or not, you have some power inherent in that position.

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Maybe there is something specifically Scandinavian that comes out of the long, dark winters – you have to learn to laugh at misery, in a way.

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I started acting as an amateur when I was a kid, but I wanted to become a diplomat. It was self-centered and weird, but I had this idea of going out in the world and solving conflicts and making the world a better place. But I kept on acting, and eventually, I just dropped out of school and continued acting.

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It takes a long time to make me beautiful, but it goes fast to make me ugly.

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There is no overacting, only untrue acting.

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I played a heap of snow in a school play. I was under a sheet, and crawled out when spring came. I often say I’ll never reach the same artistic level again.

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I treat everyone as equals. I can’t work if I’m not having fun, and I can’t have fun if not everyone is happy.

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I never help my kids and I never encourage them and I never give them any advice.

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People don’t want to read subtitles.

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Casting a film, you can have the greatest actors in a film and it doesn’t work. It’s a combination of all of the elements.

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All directors are control freaks and very obsessive. I get the feeling that directors as kids, they all have had a childhood with not too much contact with other kids. They constructed their own reality and they continue to do it. It’s a funny breed, directors.

Stellan Skarsgard

All directors are control freaks and very obsessive. I get the feeling that directors as kids, they all have had a childhood with not too much contact with other kids. They constructed their own reality and they continue to do it. It’s a funny breed, directors.

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There was a Russian director named Elem Klimov, who did his films during the communist days. They were constantly struggling with the authorities and to be allowed to express themselves. But he did one of the best war movies I’ve ever seen – it’s called ‘Come and See.’

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Norway is a small country, about half the size of Sweden, but it has a very good film climate because they have municipal cinemas, so even in the smallest towns you have a cinema that shows art house films from all over the world.

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Shooting should not be about delivering something I’ve prepared; it should be a live process of finding things out. When things happen that you haven’t planned, that’s when the film comes alive.

Stellan Skarsgard

I’ve never thought of myself as a professional. I very rarely do something I don’t enjoy.

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With Fincher, you can take chances and try things. And what happens is that any pretension and preparation you’ve done, all the square, intellectual work, you can’t keep that up for 40 takes. It breaks down, and new things start popping up. This, for me, is the most exciting thing about film-making.

Stellan Skarsgard

I think Dan Brown is a terribly bad writer, but he has cliff-hangers after every chapter which makes you continue reading.

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I only did ‘Thor’ because it was Kenneth Branagh directing, but I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would.

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It’s good to pay high taxes – you have free schools, free universities. It’s a much more decent society than those where everybody pays their own way, and some people don’t get anything.

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The first time I did a big American film, I was surprised by all the different financiers who came to the set and told the director what to do.

Stellan Skarsgard

In Europe, the director is the king: it’s his vision. It’s an auteur tradition.

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Kenneth Branagh is one of the funniest directors on the set. You laugh a lot. He’s very skillful.

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I am indeed a fan of John le Carre’s novels.

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I think I was 13 years old when my father put in my hands ‘The Spy Who Came in from the Cold.’ It was the first real adult book I ever read, and it opened a new world.

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I really enjoy being part of the Marvel Universe. It’s a cool bunch of people to work with, and they know what they’re doing.

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I’ve made six films for Disney, and they have a clause in their contracts called the morality clause that I’ve always refused to sign.

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The biggest enemy of any actor is fear.

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I know how to cut meat, yeah. I know how to cook, basically.

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The only respect you should have is the one you earn.

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Even with limited success as an actor, you usually have a more interesting life than in many other professions, so it’s not an unreasonable choice.

Stellan Skarsgard

The Sermon on the Mount is a very nice piece about being good, but most of the Bible is a very revengeful, childish, brutal God.

Stellan Skarsgard

I wanted to be a man who travelled the world to make peace. I didn’t realise that most diplomats are megaphones for their governments.

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I reflect over my actions; I don’t dwell on them.

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When you have kids, you see what’s important.

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Acting is such a strange, vague profession, but my kids know it’s hard labour.

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Of course, working with Halle Berry is fantastic. Every day, you’re looking at a performance that you would be prepared to pay to watch. She’s truly great and truthful, and it’s a joy.

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