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Anya Taylor-Joy and Alexander Skarsgård on making The Northman: “It’s a miracle that anyone survived this”

When Total Film met Anya Taylor-Joy and Alexander Skarsgård, we were all warm in our London hotel room (and surrounded by the TV crew). A million miles from the conditions they filmed The Northman.

Filmed primarily in Ireland with a trip to Iceland, the new Vikings epic is an intense viewing experience, but nothing compared to what the actors went through while making the film. Director Robert Eggers has tested Taylor-Joy and Skarsgård in action, and Skarsgård has previously said, “It was a really long and hard day and we were in the mud with the wind and cold and we were on top of this mountain.”

With Northman coming to theaters soon, we chatted with the cast of the film about the experience and Taylor-Joy also talked about her next big movie, Mad Max: Furiosa, a prequel to Mad Max: Fury Road. The following questions and answers have been edited for length and clarity.

Total Film: Northman lets you feel the cold through the screen. How authentic was this experience?

Taylor-Joy: I literally remember saying that to Rob. [Eggers], ‘I’d be so mad if I didn’t look this cold.’ We were all inside. Had a great time. I really enjoyed it. I think it definitely adds something to the movie. But everything you see is 100% real.

Skarsgård: When you make a Viking movie, you need to be immersive.

Taylor-Joy: You have to step in.

Skarsgård: As if buried in mud and covered in blood.

Taylor Joy: Casual.

Skarsgård: It’s not right to do this in a beautiful green space and a nice air-conditioned stage. It had to come out of the wilderness.

I love Anya’s arms around you, Alex. For example, ‘Oh, we’ve all been through it. We have PTSD.”

Taylor-Joy: It’s one of the things I really like about this experience, but it’s so hard to do. Everyone knows every morning that what we are trying to do is very difficult. So you connect with everyone around you and you have this intense brotherhood. Because it’s not like Rob sits in a nice, warm van and watches it. He’s in the mud. And we are all totally blown away by the wind. And at the end of the day you get it and go home thinking I did a good job today. I survived. We did a shoot and we feel great today.

Skarsgård: I like the way you say shoot because it’s always been a shot.

It would have been incredibly intense. It’s rare to make a movie this way, and there are good A’s. What was the most difficult one-shot for you?

Taylor-Joy: I know what mine is. Lamb’s head stew. get it right

Skarsgård: Where do you drop it?

Taylor-Joy: And you stand guard and I carry them. It was the only time I complained about the entire movie set. The ground is frozen and for some reason the smoke doesn’t seem right. We tried to get the smoke right on the windy hill. And I think we’ve done it twice before. we didn’t either [cinematographer] Jarron [Blaschke] today. I just remember, and I scream. My feet were actually frozen in the mud and I couldn’t move. I’m proud not to complain, but I shouted “please”. I said, ‘Please, please.’ And Rob was scared! He said, ‘Okay, let’s go. let’s go! let’s go!’

Skarsgård: When Anya says “Please…”

Taylor-Joy: It’s time. The time has come. However [Alex] crazy I can’t either. What is it? attack?

Skarsgård: Reid was technically very difficult with 40 other actors, 20 stuntmen, 300 extras, horses and chickens. It was a lot at one time. This was technically challenging, but in this sequence my character is in a berserk state. It didn’t take much time emotionally. He is a Bear He was channeling his powerful animal, the inner bear-wolf hybrid. Now the final fight was more challenging because it was a long and difficult sequence. But it also called for the film’s emotional climax. Embracing it while remembering the choreography of the whole fight when it’s cold and naked in the morning…

Taylor-Joy: My apartment consists only of floor-to-ceiling windows. It was like a bird feeder. And I remember going out. It was around midnight. I just texted Alex, ‘He’s been wielding his sword as if he wasn’t lying naked on a volcanic base four days in a row.’ Uneasy. It is a miracle that someone survived. And you nailed it. You did a good job.

Skarsgård: It’s been quite a week. all week…

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(Image credit: Universal)

It sounds incredibly intense. It is also known that one of Anya’s next projects will come from the intense franchise Mad Max. Do you think this experience prepared you?

Taylor-Joy: I remember having a very special moment looking at all the greenery in Ireland. It is a very special green space if you are lucky enough to visit. And I remember looking at it thinking, ‘I will not see greenery or snow.’ It would be an awe-inspiring sight, but it would be the exact opposite of this wet and fertile place. I just think, ‘Wow, okay, I’m really going to see both extremes this year.’ But I am very excited about it. Both filmmakers have ambitions to provide captivating images to their audiences. The people who draw you into this experience are those who share this vision so much that they are willing to do whatever it takes to make it a reality. rights?

Skarsgård: I’m looking forward to seeing it.

And finally Alex, you get into beast mode. You embody the bear. Was that the most intense shooting experience? How does it compare to what you did before?

Skarsgård: Yes… it was definitely the most intense experience I’ve ever had. But the most rewarding thing is…

Taylor-Joy: He doesn’t complain. i like it.

Is it good not to eat 10 chickens a day now?

Skarsgård: That’s where it comes from. [He looks lost for a second] It’s like being in the fog for 7 months to shoot. And when I get out of it, I still feel like, ‘Oh, wow. It was hard work physically and mentally, but I was so happy that what I had been planning for years had actually come true. It’s in Belfast with Rob and these guys, the whole gang, and a great crew. unbelievable. When you’re so motivated and passionate about what you do, it gets a little chilly.


Northman opens in UK cinemas on April 15th and in US theaters on April 22nd. Check out the most exciting upcoming movies coming out soon for more details.


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Anya Taylor-Joy and Alexander Skarsgård on making The Northman: “It’s a miracle that anyone survived this”

When Total Film meets Anya Taylor-Joy and Alexander Skarsgård, we’re all warm (and surrounded by a television crew) in a London hotel room – a million miles away from the conditions under which they made The Northman.
Filmed predominantly in Ireland, with excursions to Iceland, their new Viking epic is an intense watching experience, but nothing compared to what the actors went through while making the movie. Director Robert Eggers truly put Taylor-Joy and Skarsgård through the wringer, with Skarsgård previously telling us that the “days were really long and hard, and we were out in the mud, and up on these mountaintops with the wind and the cold.” 
With The Northman heading to cinemas imminently, we caught up with the film’s cast to discuss the experience, with Taylor-Joy also touching on her next major movie, Mad Max: Furiosa, a prequel to Mad Max: Fury Road. Here’s the Q&A, edited for length and clarity.
Total Film: With The Northman, you can feel the cold through the screen. How authentic was that experience?
Taylor-Joy: I remember literally saying to Rob [Eggers], ‘If this doesn’t look as cold as it actually is, I will be so angry.’ We were fully in it. I had a great time. I really enjoyed it. I think it definitely adds something to the film. But everything that you’re seeing is 100% real. 
Skarsgård: If you’re gonna make a Viking movie, it’s got to be immersive.
Taylor-Joy: You gotta jump in.
Skarsgård: Like, bury yourself in the mud, covered in blood.
Taylor-Joy: Casual.
Skarsgård: It wouldn’t be right to do this on a nice, conditioned soundstage with a gorgeous green room. It had to be out in the wilderness.
I like the calming arm that Anya has put over you, Alex. Like, ‘Oh, we’ve all gone through it. We’ve got PTSD.’
Taylor-Joy: That’s something that I really love about these experiences, that it’s so difficult to do. Everyone every morning knows that what we’re going out to do is something that’s very difficult. And so you bond and you have this intense fraternity with everyone around you. Because it’s not like Rob’s in a nice warm van watching it happen. He’s in the mud. And we’re all being absolutely pummelled by the wind. And then you get it at the end of the day, and you go home and you’re like, I did a good job today. I survived. We did the shot, and I feel good about myself today.
Skarsgård: I like how you said the shot, because it was always one shot.
That must have been incredibly intense. It feels like a rarity to make a movie this way, and there are such good one-ers. What was the hardest one-shot for you guys on this?
Taylor-Joy: I know what my one was – sheep heads stew. Getting that one right. 
Skarsgård: The one where you drop it?
Taylor-Joy: And you’re keeping watch, and I’m carrying it. It was the one time I complained on the entire film set. The ground had frozen and, for some reason, I think the smoke wasn’t quite right. We were trying to get the smoke right on a windy hill. And I think we had done it twice already. We also didn’t have [cinematographer] Jaron [Blaschke] that day. I just remember, I squeaked. My feet had actually frozen into the mud and I couldn’t move them. I pride myself on not complaining, but I squeaked out a ‘please’. I was like, ‘Please, please.’ And Rob was terrified! He’s like, ‘Okay, let’s go. Let’s go! Let’s go!’
Skarsgård: If Anya’s like, ‘Please…’
Taylor-Joy: Then it’s time. It’s time. But [Alex] had crazy ones. I can’t even. Which one is it? The raid?
Skarsgård: The raid was technically very difficult because we were both there with 40 other actors and 20 stuntmen and 300 extras and horses and chickens. It was a lot in one shot. That was technically difficult, but my character in that sequence, he’s in a berserker state. It didn’t demand much emotionally. He’s a bear. He channeled his inner bear-wolf hybrid, his spirit animal. Now, the end fight was more challenging because it’s also a long, difficult sequence. But it also demanded the emotional climax of the movie. To get that in there while remembering the choreography of the whole fight, when you’re naked and cold in the morning…
Taylor-Joy: My apartment was just floor-to-ceiling windows. It was like a bird box. And I remember going outside and it was just hailing. It was around midnight. I had just sent Alex a text and I was like, ‘He’s naked on the base of a volcano right now for the fourth day in a row, swinging the sword like it’s not.’ It’s not easy. It’s a miracle that anyone survived this. And you nailed it. You did such a good job.
Skarsgård: It’s quite a week. Quite a week…

(Image credit: Universal)
It sounds incredibly intense. Anya, one of your upcoming projects is also notoriously from an intense franchise, Mad Max. Do you think this experience has prepared you for that?
Taylor-Joy: I remember, there was a very specific moment where I was looking out at all of the green of Ireland, if you’ve ever been lucky enough to visit, it’s a very specific green. And I just remember looking and thinking, ‘I’m not going to see green, or snow.’ It will be a vista this impressive, but it will be entirely the opposite of this wet, fertile place. I’m just like, ‘Wow, okay, I’m really going to experience both extremes this year.’ But I’m so excited about it. Both filmmakers have a real ambition to bring fascinating images to audiences. The people that they attract to those experiences are people that share that vision so much that you’re kind of ready to do anything to make it come true. Right? 
Skarsgård: I’m excited to see it.
And finally, Alex, you go full-on beast mode. You embody the bear. Was this the most intense filming experience you’ve had? How does it compare to what you’ve done before?
Skarsgård: Yeah… It was definitely the most intense experience I’ve ever had. But also the most rewarding…
Taylor-Joy: He doesn’t complain. I love that. 
Is it good to not be eating 10 chickens a day now?
Skarsgård: It’s coming out of that. [He looks lost for a second] It’s almost like you’re in a haze for seven months shooting it. And coming out of it, I’m still a little like, ‘Oh, wow.’ It was physically, mentally exhausting, but I was so incredibly excited that it was actually coming together after years of planning. To be there with Rob and these guys, the whole gang, an amazing crew there in Belfast. Unbelievable. When you’re that motivated and excited about what you do, it’s worth being a little cold.
The Northman in UK cinemas from April 15, and US theaters from April 22. For more, check out the most exciting upcoming movies heading your way soon.

#Anya #TaylorJoy #Alexander #Skarsgård #making #Northman #miracle #survived

Anya Taylor-Joy and Alexander Skarsgård on making The Northman: “It’s a miracle that anyone survived this”

When Total Film meets Anya Taylor-Joy and Alexander Skarsgård, we’re all warm (and surrounded by a television crew) in a London hotel room – a million miles away from the conditions under which they made The Northman.
Filmed predominantly in Ireland, with excursions to Iceland, their new Viking epic is an intense watching experience, but nothing compared to what the actors went through while making the movie. Director Robert Eggers truly put Taylor-Joy and Skarsgård through the wringer, with Skarsgård previously telling us that the “days were really long and hard, and we were out in the mud, and up on these mountaintops with the wind and the cold.” 
With The Northman heading to cinemas imminently, we caught up with the film’s cast to discuss the experience, with Taylor-Joy also touching on her next major movie, Mad Max: Furiosa, a prequel to Mad Max: Fury Road. Here’s the Q&A, edited for length and clarity.
Total Film: With The Northman, you can feel the cold through the screen. How authentic was that experience?
Taylor-Joy: I remember literally saying to Rob [Eggers], ‘If this doesn’t look as cold as it actually is, I will be so angry.’ We were fully in it. I had a great time. I really enjoyed it. I think it definitely adds something to the film. But everything that you’re seeing is 100% real. 
Skarsgård: If you’re gonna make a Viking movie, it’s got to be immersive.
Taylor-Joy: You gotta jump in.
Skarsgård: Like, bury yourself in the mud, covered in blood.
Taylor-Joy: Casual.
Skarsgård: It wouldn’t be right to do this on a nice, conditioned soundstage with a gorgeous green room. It had to be out in the wilderness.
I like the calming arm that Anya has put over you, Alex. Like, ‘Oh, we’ve all gone through it. We’ve got PTSD.’
Taylor-Joy: That’s something that I really love about these experiences, that it’s so difficult to do. Everyone every morning knows that what we’re going out to do is something that’s very difficult. And so you bond and you have this intense fraternity with everyone around you. Because it’s not like Rob’s in a nice warm van watching it happen. He’s in the mud. And we’re all being absolutely pummelled by the wind. And then you get it at the end of the day, and you go home and you’re like, I did a good job today. I survived. We did the shot, and I feel good about myself today.
Skarsgård: I like how you said the shot, because it was always one shot.
That must have been incredibly intense. It feels like a rarity to make a movie this way, and there are such good one-ers. What was the hardest one-shot for you guys on this?
Taylor-Joy: I know what my one was – sheep heads stew. Getting that one right. 
Skarsgård: The one where you drop it?
Taylor-Joy: And you’re keeping watch, and I’m carrying it. It was the one time I complained on the entire film set. The ground had frozen and, for some reason, I think the smoke wasn’t quite right. We were trying to get the smoke right on a windy hill. And I think we had done it twice already. We also didn’t have [cinematographer] Jaron [Blaschke] that day. I just remember, I squeaked. My feet had actually frozen into the mud and I couldn’t move them. I pride myself on not complaining, but I squeaked out a ‘please’. I was like, ‘Please, please.’ And Rob was terrified! He’s like, ‘Okay, let’s go. Let’s go! Let’s go!’
Skarsgård: If Anya’s like, ‘Please…’
Taylor-Joy: Then it’s time. It’s time. But [Alex] had crazy ones. I can’t even. Which one is it? The raid?
Skarsgård: The raid was technically very difficult because we were both there with 40 other actors and 20 stuntmen and 300 extras and horses and chickens. It was a lot in one shot. That was technically difficult, but my character in that sequence, he’s in a berserker state. It didn’t demand much emotionally. He’s a bear. He channeled his inner bear-wolf hybrid, his spirit animal. Now, the end fight was more challenging because it’s also a long, difficult sequence. But it also demanded the emotional climax of the movie. To get that in there while remembering the choreography of the whole fight, when you’re naked and cold in the morning…
Taylor-Joy: My apartment was just floor-to-ceiling windows. It was like a bird box. And I remember going outside and it was just hailing. It was around midnight. I had just sent Alex a text and I was like, ‘He’s naked on the base of a volcano right now for the fourth day in a row, swinging the sword like it’s not.’ It’s not easy. It’s a miracle that anyone survived this. And you nailed it. You did such a good job.
Skarsgård: It’s quite a week. Quite a week…

(Image credit: Universal)
It sounds incredibly intense. Anya, one of your upcoming projects is also notoriously from an intense franchise, Mad Max. Do you think this experience has prepared you for that?
Taylor-Joy: I remember, there was a very specific moment where I was looking out at all of the green of Ireland, if you’ve ever been lucky enough to visit, it’s a very specific green. And I just remember looking and thinking, ‘I’m not going to see green, or snow.’ It will be a vista this impressive, but it will be entirely the opposite of this wet, fertile place. I’m just like, ‘Wow, okay, I’m really going to experience both extremes this year.’ But I’m so excited about it. Both filmmakers have a real ambition to bring fascinating images to audiences. The people that they attract to those experiences are people that share that vision so much that you’re kind of ready to do anything to make it come true. Right? 
Skarsgård: I’m excited to see it.
And finally, Alex, you go full-on beast mode. You embody the bear. Was this the most intense filming experience you’ve had? How does it compare to what you’ve done before?
Skarsgård: Yeah… It was definitely the most intense experience I’ve ever had. But also the most rewarding…
Taylor-Joy: He doesn’t complain. I love that. 
Is it good to not be eating 10 chickens a day now?
Skarsgård: It’s coming out of that. [He looks lost for a second] It’s almost like you’re in a haze for seven months shooting it. And coming out of it, I’m still a little like, ‘Oh, wow.’ It was physically, mentally exhausting, but I was so incredibly excited that it was actually coming together after years of planning. To be there with Rob and these guys, the whole gang, an amazing crew there in Belfast. Unbelievable. When you’re that motivated and excited about what you do, it’s worth being a little cold.
The Northman in UK cinemas from April 15, and US theaters from April 22. For more, check out the most exciting upcoming movies heading your way soon.

#Anya #TaylorJoy #Alexander #Skarsgård #making #Northman #miracle #survived


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