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Brit Marling says Alexander Skarsgard isn’t “recognizable” in “The East”

Brit Marling says Alexander Skarsgard isn’t “recognizable” in “The East” (photo)

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Fans who love Alexander Skarsgard for his role as Eric Northman in HBO’s hit series “True Blood” won’t see too much of their favorite fanged Viking in his recent roles. In “Straw Dogs” he plays a villain who ends up brutally raping his ex-girlfriend, in “Battleship” he’s a naval officer, and in the upcoming indie “The East” he’s the head of an anarchist activism organization.

“The East” star and co-writer Brit Marling recently caught up with IFC to promote the DVD release of her film “Another Earth,” and said that she thinks fans should be really excited to see Skarsgard in their movie. The entire cast, from Skarsgard to Ellen Page and Patricia Clarkson, have put their everything into the movie and will be “unrecognizable” when compared to the characters they typically play, Marling said.

“I think everybody’s going to be surprised to see everyone in this. The characters and the world are very extreme. I don’t think anyone is recognizable, if that makes sense,” she explained.

Marling and her “Sound of my Voice” co-writer and director Zal Batmanglij have reteamed in their respective roles for the upcoming thriller. The flick tells the story of a contract worker named Sarah (Marling) who is given the job of infiltrating an anarchist group, but ends up finding herself aligning with its beliefs and falling for its leader (Skarsgard). In the interview, Marling said she won’t be sure what the focus of the movie will be until after a first cut is edited, but that her onscreen love story with Skarsgard will definitely take a significant part.

“I think you only know what it is once it’s been edited, because it is a thriller, it is an espionage story, it is a love story, there’s some coming of age in there. It also is an action movie. There’s a lot going on,” Marling said. “I don’t think we’ll know until there’s like a first cut of it what we’re actually dealing with, if that makes sense.”

“The East” likely won’t end up being a love story with a dash of espionage and thriller tossed in, but the synopsis sounds somewhat similar to “Another Earth.” The love story ends up becoming the focus of that film, and it also centers on an unlikely couple brought together by tragic circumstances. So fans will definitely be seeing some romance brewing between Marling and Skarsgard.

Everyone in the cast has thrown themselves entirely into their roles, according to Marling. Since none of the actors are extremist anarchists (that we know of), they all had to put a lot of research into making sure their performances were believable and accurate. Needless to say, Marling was duly impressed.

“I could not possibly express to you how amazing the cast on this movie is. Alex and Ellen and Toby [Kebell], they work so hard. They have done so much preparation, it’s like we all come to work every day and you feel everyone’s devotion to the material,” Marling said. “It’s a hard shoot. It’s an ambitious movie. And it’s being shot very quickly. Their work on it is astounding. It really is inspiring.”

Are you excited for “The East”? Are you looking forward to seeing how the actors transformed themselves for it? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…