ALEXAN­DER SKARS­GARD Me Tarzan, you semi-skimmed


Who’s the most fa­mous per­son in your phone­book?

My fa­ther [Stel­lan Skars­gård].

What’s your favourite word in the English lan­guage?

Hip­popota­mus. In Swedish it’s “svin”, which means hog. It just feels good to say it.

What’s the worst thing you’ve put into your mouth?

Prob­a­bly a goat’s-brain stew in a restau­rant in South Africa. I con­sider my­self quite ad­ven­tur­ous and when I travel I like to try the lo­cal spe­cial­ties, but this wasn’t de­li­cious. It was a grey slop. I’ve tried worms, ants and crick­ets, which I quite en­joyed, but goat’s brains weren’t for me.

Who was your first movie crush?

Jessica Lange in Toot­sie, and I was very, very young. It was not only my first movie crush, it was my first crush. I re­mem­ber it vividly. I felt very strange and I couldn’t take my eyes off her. Have I met her? No.

What’s your karaoke song of choice?

I tried The Fi­nal Count­down once, be­cause I thought it was a good sing-along song, but I hadn’t re­alised how dif­fi­cult it was to sing un­til it was too late. It’s easy to sing the [breaks into

song] “It’s the fi­nal count­down!” bit, but the cho­rus is in­cred­i­bly high-pitched. There was a great vibe in the room for the in­tro, but it all went down­hill. I com­pletely butchered it!

What char­ac­ter were you in your first school play?

I was a knight that got turned into a tree by a witch. She cast a spell on me in the first scene of the play and I stayed on stage for the du­ra­tion. I got three min­utes of acting and the rest of it I was pet­ri­fied wood. The princess slayed the dragon in the fi­nal scene and re­leased me from the spell, so it was very pro­gres­sive. My par­ents loved it. I was hooked for life.

How much is a pint of milk?

I’m guess­ing $1.75. I buy half-gal­lons of milk, which is usually about four bucks.

What one thing are you bet­ter at than any­one else you know?

I’m kinda medi­ocre at most things, to be hon­est. As a teenager I tried to find some­thing else to do be­cause I didn’t want to fol­low in my fa­ther’s foot­steps, but I couldn’t find any­thing I was good at. I thought, “Ah shit, I’ll be an ac­tor.”

On a scale of one to ten how hairy is your ass?

Eleven. I just played Tarzan. Why do you think they called him the Ape Man?

Do you have any tat­toos?

I have one. When I was in my twen­ties, my much younger brother doo­dled a bird on my calf with a green marker. I took a pic­ture of it and a year later had it done as a tat­too. I hadn’t seen him for three or four months and was very ex­cited to go home to Stock­holm and show him it. I thought it would be this re­ally emo­tional mo­ment, but when I rolled up my trouser leg to show him it, he just stared at it and said, “What the fuck is that?” He was not im­pressed at all.

Do you have a sig­na­ture dish?

I like to cook stews. Coq au vin or beef bour­guignon — those stews that take hours.

When have you been the most starstruck?

It’s when I meet the play­ers of my foot­ball team, Ham­marby. Meet­ing ac­tors or mu­si­cians doesn’t phase me; it’s the 22-year-old kid who plays for my shitty team that turns me into a real fan­girl. I’m in awe. I still go to Ham­marby when­ever I’m in Stock­holm and sing along. It’s like ther­apy.

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