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Alexander Skarsgård Is Too Swedish To Be Cocky

Alexander Skarsgård Is Too Swedish To Be Cocky


( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
>>Stephen: WELCOME BACK.>>THANK YOU, SIR.>>Stephen: NICE TO SEE YOU
AGAIN.>>VERY EXCITED TO BE BACK.>>Stephen: WE HAVE NOT HAD
YOU ON THE SHOW SINCE YOU WON AN EMMY AND A GOLDEN GLOBE FOR “BIG
LITTLE LIES.” CONGRATULATIONS.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, THANK
YOU.>>Stephen: THAT’S REALLY
NICE. ( APPLAUSE )
EVERYBODY KNOWS YOU’RE FROM A STORIED ACTING FAMILY. HAS ANYONE ELSE IN YOUR FAMILY
WON AN EMMY?>>NO. ( LAUGHTER ).>>Stephen: SO YOU GET TO LORD
THAT OVER YOUR FAMILY. ( CLEARS THROAT )
DO YOU WEAR IT ON A CHAIN AROUND YOUR NECK BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT I
WOULD DO.>>NO.>>Stephen: YOU CAN’T DO THAT?>>NO, I WAS– I WAS BORN AND
RAISED IN SWEDEN, AND WE HAVE SOMETHING IN SWEDEN CALLED THE
LAW OF JUNTA. IT’S A REAL THING. AND IT BASICALLY MEANS DON’T
THINK YOU’RE SPECIAL. IT’S MORE LIKE A CODE OF
CONDUCT. BUT IT TRANSLATES TO, YEAH, NO–
DON’T THINK YOU’RE SPECIAL. JUST KNOW —
>>Stephen: DON’T BRAG.>>NO OSTENTATIOUS FLAUNTING OF
YOUR ACCOLADES OR BRAG ABOUT YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS OR ANYTHING.>>Stephen: TRY NOT TO BE TOO
HAPPY.>>YEAH. SO IF YOU EVER– LIKE, IF
SOMETHING GREAT HAPPENS OR YOU ACHIEVE SOMETHING, SWEDES GET
VERY EMBARRASSED AND THEY APOLOGIZE.>>Stephen: AND AT THE LAW OF
JUNTA. WHAT’S JUNTA MEAN?>>IT’S FICTION. IT’S A SMALL TOWN, I BELIEVE IN
DENMARK, IN A SHORT STORY FROM THE 1930s. AND IT WAS– DENMARK FANS OUT
THERE. ( APPLAUSE )
>>Stephen: YEAH, YEAH.>>I’M FROM SWEDEN, SO YOU MIGHT
WANT TO KEEP IT DOWN. ( LAUGHTER )
YEAH. AND PEOPLE IN THIS TOWN JUST,
YOU KNOW, YOU KEEP EACH OTHER IN PLACE, LIKE, DON’T THINK YOU’RE
SPECIAL. LIKE, DON’T– THAT’S WHY, LIKE,
THE FOUNDER OF IKEA, FAMOUSLY DROVE A VOLVO 244, LIKE, UNTIL
HE DIED. HE MIGHT HAVE DIED IN THE CAR. I DON’T KNOW.>>Stephen: YOU’RE NOT
SUPPOSED TO BE FLASH.>>NO FLASH. YOU WON’T FIND GOLD HUMMERS OR
ANYTHING LIKE THAT IN SWEDEN.>>Stephen: WHAT ABOUT THE OF
ROYAL FAMILY. THEY HAVE CROWNS AND THEY HAVE
ROBES.>>THINK IT’S SLIGHTLY
SCHIZOPHRENIC FOR THEM BECAUSE THEATRE ROYAL FAMILY, BUT
THEY’RE ALSO SWEDES. SO THEY’RE LIKE, “HEY, I’M THE
KING. SORRY.” ( LAUGHTER )
( APPLAUSE ).>>Stephen: WELL, I FEEL BAD–
I’LL TELL YOU WHAT I FEEL SORRY ABOUT IS THE YEAR THAT YOU WON
WAS NOT THIS YEAR BUT THE YEAR BEFORE WAS THE EMMYS THAT I WAS
HOSTING. AND YOU CAME TO THE AFTER-PARTY
THAT I THREW, AND I– AND I SAW YOU. AND I DID NOT KNOW YOU HAD WON
BECAUSE WHEN YOU’RE HOSTING, YOU ACTUALLY DON’T GET TO WATCH. YOU’RE PREPPING FOR THE NEXT
THING YOU’RE DOING, SO I DON’T KNOW WHO’S WINNING. AND I CERTAINLY AM A FAN, AND I
THOUGHT YOU SHOULD HAVE WON. BUT I SAW YOU AT THE PARTY
AFTERWARDS. AND I SAID, “HEY, DID YOU HAVE A
GOOD TIME TONIGHT?”>>I REMEMBER THAT.>>Stephen: AND YOU SAID,
“YEAH.” ( LAUGHTER )
>>WELL, YOU KNOW, WHAT? YOU WERE THE ONLY PERSON THAT
DIDN’T MAKE ME UNCOMFORTABLE THAT NIGHT. BECAUSE EVERYONE ELSE WAS.>>Audience: OOHH!>>Stephen: STEPHEN! NO, BECAUSE OF THE GOOD OLD– I
WAS UNCOMFORTABLE BECAUSE PEOPLE CONGRATULATED ME AND I DIDN’T
KNOW HOW TO DEAL WITH THAT AND I COULDN’T TAKE IT. SO I WAS VERY– AND IT WAS
REFRESHING ANDICA THARGTIC TO MEET YOU BECAUSE YOU HAVE NO
IDEA. “ARE YOU HAVING FUN TONIGHT. WELCOME TO MY PARTY.”>>Stephen: I FELT TERRIBLE.>>YOU SHOULDN’T.>>Stephen: YOU COULD HAVE
SAID, “I WON.”>>NO, I WOULD NEVER DO THAT! ( LAUGHTER )
AND THEN I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT– ( LAUGHTER )
I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH THE TROPHIES BECAUSE THAT WAS
ALSO, LIKE, A BIG THING OF, LIKE, HOW DO I AS A SWEDE– I’M,
OBVIOUSLY, VERY PROUD OF THEM. BUT I’M A SWEDE, SO I CAN’T,
LIKE, JUST PUT THEM UP ON THE MANTELPIECE OR DISPLAY THEM SO I
KEPT THEM AT A FRIEND’S PLACE FOR A COUPLE OF MONTHS, AND I
BROUGHT THEM OVER MY PLACE IN A HIDDEN SUITCASE. AND THEN I PUT THEM NAY CLOSET
FOR A COUPLE OF MONTHS. THEN I THOUGHT THIS IS
RIDICULOUS.>>Stephen: YOU’RE ASHAMED.>>AND I’M NOT. I LOVE MY LITTLE TROPHIES. SO I CAN’T PUT THEM ON THE
BOOKSHELVES. SO I’M STILL STRUGGLING WITH IT.>>Stephen: MAYBE DRESS THEM
UP. DRESS THEM UP AS SOMETHING SO
THEY’RE THERE, BUT PEOPLE CAN’T RECOGNIZE THE EMMY.>>I ACTUALLY EVEN TRIED THAT. I THOUGHT IF I HANG A FLAG OR
SOMETHING ON IT, IT LOOKS LIKE IT’S– OR A COAT HANGER. BUT THEN– AND THEN IT KEPT ME
UP AT NIGHT, AND THEN I REALIZED, OH, THIS IS WHAT I’M
STRUGGLING WITH IN MY LIFE AS A HOLLYWOOD ACTOR. ( LAUGHTER )
I DON’T EYE DON’T KNOW WHERE TO PUT MY ACCOLADES. THERE’S, LIKE, SO MUCH PAIN AND
SUFFERING IN THE WORLD, AND I FEEL TERRIBLE BECAUSE– AND THEN
I STARTED TO LOATHE MYSELF ABUSE, LIKE, THESE ARE THE
ISSUES IN MY LIFE AT THE MOMENT.>>Stephen: THAT WAY LIES
GREATNESS. AND MADNESS. ( LAUGHTER ).>>WELL, I– I TOUCHED THE
MADNESS, NOT SO MUCH THE GREATNESS.>>Stephen: BUT, YOU KNOW, I
CAN UNDERSTAND YOU MIGHT HAVE A LITTLE TROUBLE WITH HOLLYWOOD
FAME BECAUSE YOU’RE JUST SOME GUY FROM SWEDEN, RIGHT? YOU SERVED IN THE MILITARY OVER
THERE, WHICH IS– IS THAT COMPULSORY?>>IT USED TO BE. IT’S NOT NOW, NOT ANYMORE.>>Stephen: WAS IT WHEN YOU
WERE DOING IT?>>IT WAS KIND OF ON THE CUSP. YOU COULD GET OUT OF IT, IF YOU
WANTED TO.>>Stephen: YOU JUST SAY, “I
DON’T FEEL LIKE IT?”>>PRETTY MUCH. I HAD FRIENDS WHO KIND OF–
BASICALLY SAID, LIKE, “NO, THANKS.” ( LAUGHTER )
YEAH. AND THE GOVERNMENT WOULD BE
LIKE, OTHER, THAT’S COOL.”>>Stephen: WHAT DID YOU TRAIN
TO BE?>>IT’S CALLED SECT YUT. SECURITY AND HUNT.>>Stephen: SECURITY AND HUNT?>>YEAH, OUR JOB WAS TO SECURE
THE ISLAND, IT’S A SMALL UNIT, PART OF THE ROYAL NAVY, BUT
WE’RE LAND BASED AND IT’S BASICALLY TO SECURE THE ISLANDS.>>Stephen: SOME LIKE SPECIAL
FORCES. LIKE REALLY HIGHLY TRAINED
MILITARY FIGHTING?>>I APPLIED BECAUSE IT LOOKED
LIKE A JAMES BOND, THE LITTLE BOOKLET I READ. IT LOOKED BAD-ASS.>>Stephen: THERE’S A BOOKLET?>>YEAH.>>Stephen: I DON’T THINK
JAMES BOND CAME WAY BROCHURE. “SO YOU WANT TO BE A MEMBER OF
M.I.6?”>>THAT’S HOW THEY RECRUIT IT. YOUNG BOND WAS RECRUITED WITH A
BOOKLET, WITH PICTURE S.>>Stephen: CAN YOU EXPLAIN
TO ME WHAT THIS IS? I’VE BEEN TOLD THIS IS AN
IMPORTANT THING FOR SOMEONE WHO WAS IN THE SWEDISH MILITARY. WHAT IS THIS THAT I HAVE IN MY
HAND?>>IT’S UNIQUE TO MY UNIT. WEERT ONLY ONES ALLOWED TO WEAR
THAT. SO AND THIS IS —
>>Stephen: THIS AND OLD MEN FISHING IN AMERICA. ( LAUGHTER )
WHAT– WHAT– WHAT IS– I THINK WOODY ALLEN WEARS ONE OF THESE. WHAT– WHAT IS THIS?>>HE ACTUALLY SERVED IN THAT
UNIT BACK IN THE DAY. A LITTLE-KNOWN FACT.>>Stephen: THAT’S HOW HE GOT
TO KNOW BERGMAN. WHAT IS THIS? WHO IS THE SPECIALNESS OF THIS?>>IT’S A HAT. NO, IT’S– YEAH, THEY DROPPED US
IN THE WOODS FOR WHAT FELT LIKE SIX MONTHS, BUT I THINK IT WAS
10 DAYS, AND IT WAS LIKE A SURVIVAL COURSE WHERE YOU
BASICALLY HAD TO– THERE WERE DIFFERENT STATIONS —
>>Stephen: BY YOURSELF?>>THE UNIT, YEAH, IT WAS ME AND
THREE OTHER GUYS.>>Stephen: WHAT TIME OF YEAR?>>WINTER.>>Stephen: WINTER IN SWEDEN. THAT–
>>AND THEN THERE WERE DIFFERENT– IT WAS LIKE AN
AMBUSH, AND THEN THEY HELD US HOSTAGE. AND YOU’RE, OBVIOUSLY, LIKE,
SLEEP DEPRIVED AND YOU DON’T EAT. AT ONE POINT I REMEMBER WE HAD
TO ASSEMBLE A CANOE. AND THAT WAS HORRIBLE BECAUSE WE
HAD BEEN WEAK FOR A WEEK, AND WE WERE STARVING AND WE’RE FROM THE
LAND IKEA, SO WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO THAT. ( LAUGHTER ).>>Stephen: DID IT COME WITH
AN ALAN WRENCH, THE CANOE? THAT’S THE PROBLEM.>>IT TOOK US NINE HOURS TO DO
THAT. AND IT WAS– YEAH, IT WAS
HORRIBLE. BUT IT WAS ALL WORTH IT, BECAUSE
THEY GAVE ME A HAT AT THE END OF IT.>>Stephen: SO YOU EARNED THE
HAT BY DOING THAT.>>I EARNED THE HAT.>>Stephen: CONGRATULATIONS?>>THANK YOU.>>Stephen: PUT THIS OVER THE
EMMY AND NO ONE WILL SEE. PLAWF’S
( APPLAUSE ) I UNDERSTAND– WE’VE GOT TO GO
HERE IN A MINUTE AND I WANT TO TALK ABOUT “THE LITTLE DRUMMER
GIRL.” I UNDERSTAND YOU’RE A SAILOR
NOW? DID YOU SOME– A BIG OCEAN SAIL?>>I– I WOULD NOT CALL MYSELF A
SAILOR. I– I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO
CROSS THE ATLANTIC ON A SAILBOAT WITH PEOPLE WHO KNEW WHAT THEY
WERE DOING. ( LAUGHTER ).>>Stephen: IT WOULD HELP IF
YOU WERE A SAILOR. IT WOULD HELP IF YOU WERE A
SAILOR ON A SAILBOAT>>DIDN’T HELP THAT MUCH ON THE
BOAT, BUT I WAS PART OF IT, AND THAT WAS GREAT.>>Stephen: WHAT PORTS DID YOU
SAIL FROM?>>FROM VENTURA OFF THE COAST OF
AFRICA, TO THE CARIBBEAN.>>Stephen: OKAY. AND– AND– I’VE DONE A LITTLE
BIT OF OCEAN SAILING. I’VE DONE, ABOUT 1,000 MIELSZ OF
OPEN OCEAN SAILING.>>OKAY.>>Stephen: IT’S VERY SPOOKY
OUT THERE.>>YEAH. ( LAUGHTER )
>>Stephen: BECAUSE YOU’RE ALONE.>>WELL, YEAH, SO, FOR LIKE
EIGHT– IT TOOK ABOUT THREE WEEKS, AND FOR EIGHT DAYS WE
DIDN’T SEE ANOTHER SHIP. AND IT’S EASY TO GO DOWN THE
RABBIT HOLE IF YOU START THINKING ABOUT THE FACT WE’RE
COMPLETELY ALONE. YOU HAVE NO HOSPITAL AROUND
HERE. IF YOU HAVE A BURST APPENDIX,
YOU’RE DONE, THERE’S NOTHING –>>Stephen: SURE, YOU THINK OF
ALL THE WAYS I COULD DIE BEFORE HELP COULD GET TO ME. SERIOUSLY, YOU THINK ABOUT THAT
ALL THE TIME.>>AT ONE POINT, THERE WAS NO
WIND AND WE WERE STUCK FOR A LITTLE BIT.>>Stephen: THAT’S THE WORST
BECAUSE YOU GO SUPER SQUIRRELLY IN THE HEAD.>>THIS IS A TRUE STORY. AN OCEAN TURTLE PASSED US WHEN
WE WERE 700 MILES FROM LAND, THIS LITTLE GUY, JUST SWAM PAST
US. AND WE’RE LIKE, “THAT’S GREAT.” ( LAUGHTER ).>>Stephen: SO THE NEW MOVIE
IS CALLED “THE LITTLE DRUMMER GIRL.” WHAT’S IT ABOUT?>>SO, IT’S A SIX-PART LIMITED
SERIES. I THINK IT’S GOING TO AIR AS
THREE TWO-HOUR MOVIES HERE ON AMC. IT’S ALREADY ON THE BBC, THE
SECOND EPISODE AIRED LAST NIGHT. IT’S ABOUT A YOUNG ACT RESFROM
THE U.K. ON A VACATION IN GREECE. AND SHE MEETS A MAN ON THAT
ISLAND, AND AN INNIGMATIC DUDE. IT STARTS OUT AS A BUDDING
ROMANCE, BUT IT TURNS OUT HE’S A SPY AND HE HAS A DIFFERENT PLAN
FOR HER.>>Stephen: AND WE HAVE A
CLIP.>>IF I’M GOING TO DO THIS, I
HAVE TO KNOW WHAT IT IS I’M DECIDING TO DO.>>AND IN ORDER TO KNOW, YOU
FIRST HAVE TO DECIDE.>>WELL, THAT’S JUST MARVELOUS. THIS JOB, IS IT DANGEROUS?>>INCREDIBLY. THIS IS THE SECRET WORLD,
CHARLIE. ARE YOU IN OR OUT?>>WHO AM I?>>YOU.>>Stephen: DON’T DO IT. DON’T DO IT.>>THAT DUDE IS TROUBLE. ( APPLAUSE )
>>Stephen: WELL, SO NICE TO SEE YOU AGAIN.>>YOU, TOO.>>Stephen: “THE LITTLE DRUMMER
GIRL” PREMIERES NEXT MONDAY ON AMC. ALEXANDER SKARSGARD, EVERYBODY!


Reader Comments

  1. Improper and unhelpful use of the word “schizophrenic”’!
    #vocabulary
    #esl
    #culturalmisnomers
    #checkadictionary

  2. He doesn't LOOK Swedish… where's the thick black bushy beard?

    He doesn't ACT Swedish… he's not hurling grenades at cop cars, yelling "Allahu Ahkbar", or raping women…

    Are you sure he's from Sweden?

    Wherever he's from, he's a good actor. I liked him in Generation Kill.

  3. I wouldn't say hes wrong, but he definitely misrepresented the law of Jante. It actually means that you are allowed to be happy and successful, but that you shouldn't flash that in others eyes and that success doesn't make you more important or special then the common folk.

  4. Well shit sounds like i need to move to sweden..also that's interesting i wonder how Swedes do social media then. They must actually be able to tolerate their friends and family.

  5. I haven't watched the video.I assume he means that he's too much of a cuck to be cocky right ?You know cause he's Swedish.

  6. He was so down with the idea of covering the emmy with the hat untill he realised that would be flaunting the military hat, you can see the face reaction seconds after the suggestion haha

  7. This a great lesson for that stuck up POS Colbert. Such a pompous ass. Yes, Colbert, you need some humility pudding. The only reason I'm watching this is I'm a huge fan of Alexander. There's a saying close to that in the South. Don't you be puttin on Ayers? Most people don't realize that people of the South have a lot of humility. By the way, Colbert brags about being raised in South Carolina must not have Southern roots that go very deep, I'm sure there must be some Yankee in him somewhere.

  8. i respect this modest way of thinking very very much, totally contrary from dutch,..when they are proud of EVERY LITTLE THING they do…."OOOOH WE ZIJN ZOOO TROOTS"….its just ridiculous,…

  9. Stephen colbert is the best american talk show host tbh. Ellen and that Fallon guy are just annoying af and their audience is just crap.

  10. Everytime I’m about to get a crush on this guy I tell myself ‘no, he’s probably arrogant af.’ That’s out the window now 😕

  11. It's funny cause I've always thought he must know how hot he is and be arrogant about it, but really….the swedes, in general, are a very beautiful population….so he probably doesn't see himself as any more beautiful than the average dude/person in Sweden.

  12. I'm Canadian and feel like our culture here can be quite similar to what he describes. Very humble and apologetic, not wanting to give off an impression like you are better than anyone else. I think we can use a lot more of that type of attitude all over the world.

  13. it’s crazy to see how nice and polite he is in real life after seeing him in big little lies (i know, that’s what actors do, but still)

  14. Jantelag exists in other European counties. In England they (the older generation at least) say "Don't be prideful" as being prideful (full of yourself) and looking down on others is considered an ugly and unfair thing. You can be successful, just be humble about it because that's being polite. See how humble and polite Andy Lincoln is. Americans have no type of jantelag and just can't understand it as they are the complete opposite.

  15. I get pretty much the same reaction when I try explaining to my students the way theology worked for the Reformation types (Pilgrims, Puritans…) who were really worried about predestination, free will, and God's favor (as opposed to just favorable divorce terms). Being extraordinarily pious, rigorous in rooting out personal sinful behavior, and shunning both sensory pleasures and outward displays garnering attention are the outward signs one would expect fit the Elect, those few who would obtain salvation and entry in the Book of Life (Heaven's saved all stars.) Only the moment it popped into the brain that surely one's own name had to be in that ledger, one had committed the deadly sin of pride, which meant one likely wasn't in the Elect…

  16. Military is compulsory again, men and women this time! … but you can still decline the offer!
    On the question "would you want to do military basic training and complementary training" in the questioner, just answer "no"

  17. To be clear we have our version of the Kardashian’s but our version of Kanye doesn’t march into the prime minister’s office and rant.

  18. Jantelagen in Sweden is okay, but if you want to see it for real you should go to Finland. It is not called anything here, but we just won't talk about what we are good at over here. You could be friends with a Icehockey or racing world champion for months without knowing about their achievements.
    Swedes are actually braggy compared to us. Whenever a Swede talks about their job they make it sound better than it is, they could be a cleaner and somehow make it sound like they are a section manager. A Finn might be a manager but makes it sound like they are a cleaner.

    I think it might originate from living in the harsh nordic climate, if you would make yourself stand out so people get irritated and want to exclude you from the group… then you wouldn't survive.
    So everyone who is alive here know is descendants of people who could fly under the radar and not stand out too much.
    Over here we are successful in secret.

    And it is kind of nice, we don't have a lot of class divisions here. You could see a person on the street and not know if they are a single parent with minimum wage or a engineer with 200K salary.
    And those two can easily be friends because the rich won't rub it in and try to look better than the poor.
    We judge eachother on personality, not material things.

  19. As an Englishman this concept feels very comfortable to me…. Sorry to intrude on the comments section of course.

  20. I'm Swedish.
    I mean…
    What he's saying may have some truth in it. But I think he's stretching it a bit.
    The swedes, in general, are a humble, nice bunch of people, and we don't brag a lot.
    With that said, this "jantelag" has had a crippling effect on older generations,
    in ways of crushing their dreams and inner ambitions, just because they fear what other people might think of you.
    Millennials and Generation Z-kids are probably the complete opposite of this.

  21. That's cool ! He's a sweetheart ! They treat one another like REGULAR PEOPLE IMAGINE THAT ? That's a difficult language their very humble ! That's my peoples ! I like dat ! Even the ikea guy is humble driving a Volvo ! That's cool !

  22. I am from Sweden and I remember having an interview for a thing called NIU, which is a football education school thing. And the coach asked me the question: what would you say are your 3 best qualities? And I just imploded. That is the ultimate Swede killer question.

  23. ABOUT SWEDISH MEN: I know you think Alexander Skarsgård is hot as hell, but in Sweden, he is not that good looking. More average looking. And I am not even joking.

  24. Why Swedes are good at English:
    Swedish is a natural language which means it's the easiest for the tounge to pronounce natually, which gives Swedes the ability to easily adapt other accents using different parts of the mouth/tounge to pronounce words with. And also the Swedish education system involves really high levels of Swedish compared to most other countries.

  25. As someone who is so humble, caring and doesn’t want to boast himself up… I wonder if he had trouble playing rolls where he’ plays an asshole or a dick.

    And let’s just say he’s sexy as hell. Almost into the sexy nerd category. But maybe that’s his European attitude.

  26. Swede here. Jantelagen is just to be as humble as possible and not look down on other or think you’re better. Don’t think you’re special doesn’t mean hate yourself, it just means integrity and respect for others.

  27. I love his attitude. I liked him anyway,because he's awesome. But he has a good education,this is why I'm sure he's happy. Bragging,being arrogant and seeing yourself special because you're an actor,has no value. The character is everything. Love him

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