“War on Everyone” director John Michael McDonagh says Skarsgard’s rowdy YouTube cameo at a soccer match got him hired
The darkly comic, rough and tumble buddy flick “War on Everyone” made quite an impression in early screenings and at March’s SXSW festival — and we can spot the winning ingredients in leading men Michael Pena and Alexander Skarsgard.
Pena gets a chance to shine as a leading man, while Skarsgard gets to unleash a grittier side of the brooding intensity he puts forth in projects like “True Blood.”
In fact, director John Michael McDonagh discovered Skarsgard in a 2013 viral video, which shows the actor amping up a stadium full of soccer fans.
“I saw Alex on YouTube inciting a crowd at a Swedish football match. I said, ‘I want to work with that actor,” the director said.
“I can’t believe I got job out of that,” Skarsgard responded. “I thought that would ruin my career.”
See Skarsgard get passionate over soccer below.