SXSW Interview: Alexander Skarsgård talks about working with John Michael McDonagh on War on Everyone

Directed by John Michael McDonagh, War on Everyone sees Alexander Skarsgård and Micheal Pena as two corrupt cops in Mexico City who blackmail and frame criminals for their own benefit. That is until they cross someone with more power than them.

It’s funny and it’s crazy, and Larry caught up with Alexander Skarsgård and spoke about the film and its director.

Congratulations on this film, I’m a huge fan of the director. I have to ask, were you familiar with his work before you got approached?

Alexander: Yeah, I’d seen both The Guard and Cavalry before I got the script, so it was one of those feelings when I got the script and even before I opened it, I was stoked, I was really excited about it. And then I opened it and the first page is our characters are chasing a mime and then we hit him and then steal his coke so I was like, “I think I’m in”.
So from page 1 I was riveted  and I loved it and was so Un-PC and wild. And I hope you enjoy it, it’s a crazy ride.

What do you hope people take away from this film? It’s a different role than what we’re used to seeing you in.

It’s very different and very Un-PC like I said, and very dark and quite funny but it was also a bit of a challenge because toward the end of the movie – well you’ll see it in about an hour, but it gets kind of a bit darker and more personal and that was interesting for us to kind of navigate that because it’s wild and funny. It’s also important that the audience – you want them to care about the characters and that they’re with them toward the end when it gets darker so I was excited about that challenge.

Well we’re big fans of yours and John Michaels in Australia so hopefully we get it down there and get you down to screen the film.

I’d love to come and see you there and play it there man. I hope you enjoy the film.

For more information on War on Everyone and remaining screenings at SXSW click HERE