Wow, if I didn’t know better I would think Alexander Skarsgard has made it his personal mission this week to make sure a few pervasive “perceptual” errors are well and truly sorted before Sunday’s season 4 premiere.
In an interview with the LA Times fanboy section “Hero Complex” (or maybe it’s the same interview as this one, I don’t know – there’s too much going on today and I simply can’t keep up), Alex continues his comments on what makes Eric tick:
GM: And obviously his relationship with Sookie is undergoing a bit of a change.
AS: She’s seeing this different side of Eric now, but it can’t be like she hated the old Eric, and now it’s the new guy and she likes the new guy and then he goes back to the old guy and she hates him. It has to be more complicated, more of a gray zone than that. It was just important for us to realize that it’s not like a completely different Eric. It is a different side of the same guy.
As anyone who visits this site with any regularity is well aware, Amnesia Eric is kind of my pet subject. Along with the blood bond, it is one of the most misunderstood aspects of Charlaine Harris’ novels – and consequently the subject of some of the most absurd theories and character misperceptions going in our beloved little fandom.
Cursed Eric is “Fake” Eric. He’s not “The Real Eric”. Sookie falls for a “stranger”. You know the ones, right? Oh, and of course there’s my personal favorite – Eric faked the amnesia episode entirely to get down Sookie’s pants.
There’s interpretation of the text – and then there’s wilfully ignoring the text in favor of what you want to believe; simply because it fits your unshakeable notions about character motivation.
Fortunately for the sake of our sanity and yours, Alexander Skarsgard has not only read Dead to the World, but actually grasped the point of it from his character’s perspective. And that can only mean good things for the coming season of True Blood.
…She knows who he is and she knows that he’s dangerous and what he’s done in the past, but then she’s seeing this vulnerability and there’s goodness in there. I think she already saw that in Season 3, a little glimmer of hope there, and now she’s exploring it more. But I think it’s important to remember that that was already inside Eric, but he had this big wall built up around himself to protect himself.
Onion Eric, anyone?
Alex also has some wonderfully warm and funny comments about Kristin Bauer van Straten, loved by all as Pam:
She’s amazing. She’s so much fun. She’s fantastic on the show, but she’s also the sweetest woman you’ll ever meet and completely different. She is the biggest crybaby you’ll ever meet. She cries when she talks about a situation where she cried a couple of days ago. That makes her cry — when she’s trying to explain why she cried, she cries again. Human goodness makes her cry. When someone does something beautiful to someone else, she cries her heart out.
Read the rest at the source.
Onion Eric by Serena. Follow her tumblr. She’s a funny bitch.