Alexander Skarsgard felt conflicted with his acting career after filming The Northman because it’s “a hard act to follow”.
The Big Little Lies actor felt like a changed man after spending several grueling months filming Robert Eggers’ Viking epic in the desert, and he struggled to figure out which projects to take on next.
“It’s a tough act to follow,” he admitted to Empire magazine. “A lot of things that I might have said yes to a few years ago, I just don’t feel like doing anymore. I feel a bit lost. I don’t know where to go from here. This experience… It definitely changed me. I think it changed most people who were on top of the mountain.
The Swedish actor recalled doing an ambitious one-take sequence, which culminates with his Viking prince ripping someone’s throat out and feeling like “a wreck” at the end.
“The choreography was so difficult, with all these elements, 50 people fighting simultaneously, the extras and the horses…to get it perfect was a real undertaking,” the 45-year-old explained. “That climax, where I rip a guy’s throat out and howl at the moon…it was primal. I let it all out. I was exhausted, and I think you see that in the shot. I was a wreck. Truly a wreck.”
Since granting the interview, Skarsgard has found his follow-up project. He recently wrapped filming Brandon Cronenberg’s sci-fi horror Infinity Pool alongside Mia Goth.
The Northman hits theaters in April.