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Interview with Clive Standen of "Vikings" on
Unfortunately, I was very sick last Monday and couldn't
make this interview. I thought he did a great job in
"Vikings" and is so gorgeous.
Moderator: Clive Standen
February 27, 2013
4:00 pm CT
Operator: Please standby weíre about to begin. Good
afternoon everyone and welcome to todayís conference. It is
being recorded and will last approximately 30 minutes.
You have joined a conference call with Clive Standen of
Viking. He plays Rollo, brother to Ragnar Lothbrok, the
Viking leader. Vikings premiers on History, Sunday, March 3,
at 10:00 pm Eastern, 9:00 Central.
If you would like to ask a question please signal by
pressing star, 1 on your telephone keypad. If you are
joining us today using a speakerphone please make sure your
mute function is turned off to allow your signal to reach
We do ask that you ask only one question and then requeue
for any follow-ups. Weíll pause for just a moment to allow
everyone the opportunity to queue up.
Weíll take our first question and that will come from Jamie
Ruby with Scifivision.
Jamie Ruby: Hi Clive. Thanks for doing the call today.
Clive Standen: Youíre welcome Jamie.
Jamie Ruby: So what do you find the most challenging about
Clive Standen: The most challenging? Well what I love about
Rollo is that just like any human being heís kind of very
multifaceted and what I always look for for a character is
the flipside of the coin. You know, the character seems
heroic on the surface, what are his fears, what are his
insecurities, what are his hopes? Just as if someoneís a
villain the same thing applies.
And I think with Rollo I kind of get a free reign to kind of
- to really play with the many layers that he has and that
just comes from, you know, the great writing of Michael
Hirst. Heís, you know, heís a sociopath, but you never
really know whatís going on behind his mind. You know, heís
capable of great things, but is he in his brotherís shadow?
And itís all of these questions that you never really quite
trust Rollo, but you never really want him in the opposite
corner to you. And, you know, all of these things come
together and I just think itís a fantastic character to get
your teeth into as an actor. You know, itís far more fun
playing a character in the gray.
Jamie Ruby: Okay thanks. All right well itís great so far,
Operator: Weíll move next to Pattye Grippo from Pazsaz
Pattye Grippo: Hi Clive. So can you tell us a bit more about
Clive Standen: Rollo is, just as Ragnar is based on a real
character in Viking sagas and historical history books, he
was the Duke of Normandy; he was the Great, Great, Great,
Great, Great Grandfather to William the Conqueror. He is a -
heís a phenomenal fighter and warrior.
He is the brother of Ragnar Lothbrok. Heís very much the
kind of - if Ragnar is the farm boy, heíd be considered the
city boy. Theyíre brothers and theyíre very close and, you
know, they canít live without each other. But as Iíve got
brothers myself, you know, sometimes you donít always like
your brother; sometimes you disagree with your brother; you
lock horns, but at the end of the day youíre brothers and
youíre stuck with each other.
And, you know, Rollo is very different to Ragnar, you know,
as where as Ragnar is very much a thinker, I mean heís on a
quest for knowledge and to escape and to rise in the Viking
kingdom, Rollo is very different to that. Heís very an old
school Viking, he thinks he knows what he knows and likes
the way his life - heís a hedonist, you know, and heís a
sociopath and I love him and, you know, every actor, I
think, needs to love their character and I love him in his
own special way.
Pattye Grippo: Thatís true. So well Iím looking forward to
seeing it. Thank you for talking with me today.
Clive Standen: Thank you.
Operator: Weíll move next to Brent Hankins with The Nerd
Brent Hankins: Hey Clive thanks for spending a couple of
minutes with us today. We really appreciate it.
Clive Standen: Youíre welcome.
Brent Hankins: Can you tell me a little bit about the
physical training you had to go through to get in shape for
Clive Standen: Well you have to be - Iíve been sword
fighting since I was 14 years old. I used to be part of a -
when Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves came out at the cinemas,
I grew up just up the road from Sherwood Forest, and they
were looking to kind of put on a kind of stunt team of kind
of full experience of walking around Sherwood Forest with
tour guides and kind of live action.
And when most of my friends at that age were kind of working
in shoe shops and McDonalds and things my very first paid
job, way before I was into acting, was doing, you know,
stunts and jousting and jumping out of trees as Wulf, Little
Johnís son at Sherwood Forest.
And I did a lot of Thai Boxing as well. I was - that was a
very big part of my life when I was younger. And so Iíve
done, you know, Iíve done a lot of horse riding; and sword
fighting; and martial arts and things beforehand, but one
thing I hadnít done before I got the role of Vikings is we
did a very big boot camp before we started filming to man
History were very adamant that we, as actors, would be able
to sail these boats ourselves. And so every time you see the
actors on the boat weíre really rowing, weíre really
manning, you know, the boat, weíre sailing. And that was a
very long process where weíd go out in the sea and many
actors would get seasick and it was a grueling process.
But at the end of it we got to the stage where all of the
marines that taught us would get off the boat and there was
this one guy hiding under a sheet of tarpaulin with a
walkie-talkie just so they could communicate with our actors
and the cameramen and dry land.
But, you know, we got to a stage where we could sail our
boat and we become - we became real Vikings. So that was
something that I wasnít prepared for and had to work really
hard to achieve.
In terms of physical fitness we did lots of stuff. Johan
Renck, the first director, whoís very much involved in the
whole look of the show, didnít want another muscle man. He
didnít want, you know, lots of guyís kind of, you know,
doing kind of crazy spot and training sessions and things.
He wanted Vikings to be, you know, live and sinewy and real
because, you know, these were hard guys. They lived in a
harsh climate and they werenít bodybuilders. They, you know,
so everything we did physically with rowing and - it was all
generated to kind of try and create that kind of physic that
a Viking would have.
Brent Hankins: All right thank you so much. I really enjoyed
the episode that Iíve seen so far. Iím looking forward to
Clive Standen: Thank you.
Operator: I would like to remind our audience that if you do
have a question for Mr. Standen it is star, 1 at this time.
Weíll move next to Lena Lamoray from Lenalamoray.com.
Lena Lamoray: Hi Clive. I love the show.
Clive Standen: Hey Lena.
Lena Lamoray: Now youíve already worked with Michael Hirst
on Camelot, so can you talk about working with him again?
Clive Standen: I didnít really get to work with Michael in
Camelot. When I got the role in Camelot I was very excited.
Iíve wanted to work with Michael for a very long time and,
you know, Iím a bit of a history nut at the heart.
And, you know, I grew up - as a child my parents would take
me to all sorts of castles and monasteries and I got my fair
fill of history through my parents and, you know, Iíd always
play with my older brother. Weíd play warrior and Vikings
But Iím a bit of a - I like to consider myself as a bit of a
history nut and Michael, what you get with Michael, is not
just a scriptwriter you get a historian as well. I mean he
really is genuinely excited by getting it right and
researching. And itís just really inspiring to work with
someone like that.
But he wasnít really involved in Camelot. Heíd moved on by
the time it started shooting to the ((inaudible)). Chris
Chibnall was the writer of Camelot. So even though when I
auditioned I thought I was going to be working with Michael
I had to wait a little bit longer to get my dream job, but
itís all paid off in the end.
And, you know, he really is an inspirational person to work
with and you really feel - you have to uphold his vision and
to do justice to what I think is a culture and a story that
I donít think has ever really been told and never,
definitely never, had justice paid to it.
Everything we think we know about the Vikings - I thought I
knew loads about Vikings. Like I said, when I grew up and
all of the castles and monasteries that I visited and went
to ((inaudible)) farm when I was very young.
But when you start talking to Michael you start doing your
own research because what Michael has done is heís kind of
really invested from the inside out and gone to Scandinavia;
and looked at the sagas; and the history books; and talked
to the Vikings; and, you know, Scandinavian people over
there; and worked with our Historical Advisor, (Justin), and
created, you know, a fact-based show that obviously is
historically accurate as much as a TV show can be. You have
to piece together the holes, you have to make it accessible
and you have to kind of tell an entertaining and exciting
But, you know, the Vikings have always been the hired help,
theyíve always been the raping, pillaging, murdering scum
that came from the sea with their horned helmets sent from
the devil himself, you know, and thatís not the story weíre
trying to tell.
And I think hopefully when people watch this show theyíll
have a completely different idea and perspective on an
amazing culture of people, colonists and market traders and
who lived in a really harsh climate and, you know, a
And, you know, they did do questionable things. They did
raid and they did colonize other countries, but weíve never
seen it from their perspective why they did it and, you
know, they were living, breathing multifaceted human beings
just like us.
Lena Lamoray: Thank you so much.
Operator: Weíll move next to Jamie Steinberg from Starry
Jamie Steinberg: Hi itís such a pleasure to speak with you.
Clive Standen: Thank you.
Jamie Steinberg: Was there something about your character
that wasnít scripted for you that you added to the role?
Clive Standen: Well itís - it was very much - Michael was
very good at sitting down with you. I mean I think when
Rollo was originally written in the very first draft of the
script he was written to be played by someone that was very
much older than me.
But whatís very good with Michael is heíd sit Travis down,
heíd sit myself down, heíd sit Katheryn down, heíd sit
Gustaf down, and Gabriel down and sometimes sit us all down
together before we started filming and talk through our
characters and how we interlinked with each other and what
we wanted to do and how we interpreted them.
And itís a very good collaborative process and the crew in
Ireland have been fantastic about that as well where weíve,
you know, weíve been able to kind of put our own input into
And Michael is very good at, you know, kind of adapting and
amalgamating ideas and, but heís also very good at, you
know, telling you to shut up when itís the right time to
shut up and to tell his story.
Heís got amazing vision and you donít really question
Michaelís vision because heís often thought about lines and
what your characterís done a lot more than you have. He
really is that good.
But yes, you know, thereís lots of research and weíd all be
coming in each day and kind of sharing our research with
each other and it was a very good collaborative process.
Jamie Steinberg: Great. Thank you.
Operator: Once again I would like to remind our audience it
is star, 1 if you have a question for Mr. Standen.
And weíll now move to Christopher Cheng from
Christopher Cheng: Hello Clive.
Clive Standen: Hello.
Christopher Cheng: So you have a lot of experience working
in period pieces like Robin Hood and Camelot. Is there
anything that you are using now, like experience or
training, that is carrying over from that?
Clive Standen: Yes I think so. I mean you learn on every job
and every time you approach any character, regardless if
heís a lawyer, or a geography teacher, or a knight, or a
pirate of the sea, you always have to kind of start with
clean slate, you know, you have to work the canvas clean and
build your character from scratch, so every characterís
But itís been quite handy to kind of, you know, just to keep
immersing yourself in that kind of time period and the
research you do becomes a little bit easier. And, you know,
to try and keep that kind of passion of keeping, you know,
as accurate as possible and fighting anyone who, you know,
doesnít necessarily have the same regard.
Because I think as an actor and in a period piece you have a
responsibility to kind of - especially if the character
youíre playing and the society that youíre portraying is
based on fact, then you have a responsibility to those
people to do the best job you possibly can. So itís made,
you know, itís given me more of a passion for kind of doing
justice to things.
And what I always like to think that when youíre playing an
historical person or figure that you kind of have to imagine
them either in the back row of the theater or, you know, in
the studio with you or, you know, maybe on the battlefield
with you and you imagine that youíre playing him and you
have a, you know, responsibility for kind of doing your best
job of getting it right and doing him justice and itís kind
of a nice little thought to have.
Itís bit like having that angel and devil that you see in
the little cartoons. You just have to imagine that, you
know, the real Rollo is on, you know, your shoulder
whispering into your ear and you have to kind of do him
Christopher Cheng: Thank you for your time.
Operator: Weíll move on to Jamie Ruby from Scifivision.
Jamie Ruby: Hi again. I was just curious, you talk about
obviously Rollo, you said, is a sociopath and heís not a
very nice guy a lot of times. Is it hard to kind of get into
that mindset? I mean how do you do that and work with that?
Clive Standen: It is tough. I mean itís, you know, we have a
lot of fun on Vikings as well and it sometimes can be hard
to kind of pull yourself back from that when youíve got a
day where youíre playing Rollo and Rolloís being Rollo.
But we made a bit of a joke about it. There was, you know,
people were very good at giving me my own space and theyíd
see when I was, you know, I was having to do something and I
was having to get myself in the right mind frame for it and
it became known as ďClive is giving you the deadeye.Ē Rather
than the stinkeye.
You know, people would be talking to me and, you know, Tadhg
Murphy, one of the actors, would come up and going, ďCliveís
giving you the deadeye. You know, I think you should just
move on. Heís not really listening. Heís looking right
through you.Ē You know, and they were very good at kind of
knowing - to give you that time and space to play that.
But, you know, you have to go to a very dark place to play
Rollo, I think, and it sometimes is tough. And, you know, he
does do some questionable things, but you do have to find a
way of loving the character youíre playing to be able to,
you know, to access him.
And I donít think heís a bad person, so to speak, I think he
does very questionable things and I think many people - we
do things weíre embarrassed about and we also often do
things that we automatically regret and would wish we could,
you know, change time and change history, but we canít. And
I like to think that heís capable of greatness, heís just in
his brotherís shadow.
Jamie Ruby: All right. Okay thank you.
Clive Standen: ((inaudible)) what you will.
Operator: Weíll go back to Brent Hankins with The Nerd
Brent Hankins: You previously described yourself as a bit of
a history nut. How much research did you put into the role
before you started shooting?
Clive Standen: Well before I started shooting I mean we had
a good period of time, you know, after weíd met with Michael
for the first time as well and he set us on the right track.
Like I said earlier, you know, thereís a lot that you think
you know about Vikings and everyone, you know, thinks that
theyíve read a book on Vikings or theyíve seen a film on
Vikings and I had to really kind of completely, you know,
like I said, wipe the slate clean and sort of start from
And Michael is very good at giving us a shedload of revision
and books to read to set us in the right direction. And then
obviously as an actor you choose to run with that and do as
much research as you want, or do as little research as you
And I just all through filming, right up until, you know,
the last day, Iíd be annoying people on set and the crew
just telling them about more stuff that Iíd found out. I
never stopped learning and I think thatís a good lesson in
life is never stop learning and never stop, you know,
And yes Iím still doing research now and Iím still finding
out things. You know, just the other day I was finding out
about how in Iceland they were - the way they used to use
the moss that would collect the iron ores and they would put
it in a kiln and burn the moss away and be left with raw
iron so they could make weapons with it.
And Iím always, Iím always learning and Iím just obsessed
with just taking in new facts, new information, reading new
books, watching documentaries and, you know, the more youíve
got there the more of an arsenal youíve got if you ever need
it for a scene.
You know, thereís been some fantastic facts that weíve
learned through this about, you know, Vikings, for instance,
would never throw their fingernails away because they
believed that Ragnarok when Floki would come back as Floki,
Iím getting mixed up with character, itís Loki would come
back, he would come on a boat made of human fingernails. So
if you were throwing your fingernails away you were kind of
helping Loki build his boat.
So your Vikings would often, if they were to bite their
fingernails or cut their fingernails, they would put them in
this locket on their neck or they would throw them in the
fire and make sure that they werenít, you know, flicked idly
on the floor. And if you watch closely you might see Gustaf
doing something with his fingernails.
But thereís, you know, thereís this plethora of stuff out
there and itís just such a massive world. And I think with
Series 1 we really are just hitting the, you know, the tip
of the iceberg of Michael Hirst vision for it. You know,
thereís so many amazing characters in these sagas, you know,
(Ivan) (Larongness), who hasnít yet to make an appearance
and, you know, thereís (Hospan) and, you know, you can go
right up to the end, especially in Britain with Alfred the
Great, thereís all sorts of stuff.
And, you know, Michael has a massive, massive Bible that he
calls, he calls it the Bible, the Viking Bible, of the, you
know, the ideas and the storylines and where he wants to
take the show over maybe five or six seasons, so weíll see.
But, you know, all I can say is that if you like Series 1,
you know, weíre just getting started.
Brent Hankins: Thatís good news for us.
Operator: Weíll move next to Christopher Cheng with
Christopher Cheng: Hey Clive again. So you said that during
your training regimen you did a lot of rowing, a lot of
Spartan workouts, but what was your diet like?
Clive Standen: No we didnít do the Spartan workouts. That
was the point. You know, we didnít sit there kind of
throwing tires around trying to be alpha males. Whatís so
great about our cast is weíre very eclectic. You know, I
think, you know, when youíre approaching a drama based on
Vikings if you have, you know, if youíre kind of taking that
train of thought where you think Vikings are all just kind
of raping, pillaging, you know, mass murderers then it would
be very easy to cast, you know, very alpha male type actors
that, you know, are more concerned about pumping iron than
And, you know, that would be a very unhappy place on set and
I think whatís so great about our cast and the way we all
gelled as a family is we are so eclectic and I think that
shows in the characters, you know, ranging from Floki, and
Rollo, and (Dragna) and Torstein, and, you know, Leif and
You know, theyíre all so different and, you know, itís
exciting to be a part of that to have, you know, to have
living, breathing characters, three-dimensional characters,
rather than, you know, just murdering barbarians that donít
seem to have, you know, any backstory or, you know, any
layers. ((inaudible)) answer your question, but yes I just
thought I just didnít want to get misinterpreted.
Christopher Cheng: No problem, no problem. I just heard that
you did some condition training, but because Vikings werenít
bodybuilders, so I understood that.
Clive Standen: Yes exactly. So I mean, but I havenít been to
a gym myself in two years. Anyway I strongly believe that
you should - everything that comes from, you know,
physicality should be something thatís enjoyed and something
thatís, you know, that you, you know, if itís cardio, for
instance, you know, you donít go running on a running
machine, you get out there and you run, you know, and you
play sports and you rock climb, or whatever it is you do,
the diving for me.
But I do have, you know, kettle bells, and I have resistance
bands, and I have a Power Plate, which I use now and again.
And so I think itís - but with Vikings it was very much
that. It was onset weíve had resistance bands and things.
Weíd - it was - weíd having rowing machines. We would row,
we would do - I mean most - weíd do handstands, or I would
do handstand pushups, because itís obviously about your
shoulders and the strength in your shoulders for the rowing
But we didnít really have any kind of, you know, massive
chaos training regime that some shows adopt because it was,
you know, it was about creating real people rather than, you
Christopher Cheng: Okay so did you happen to eat like a
Clive Standen: Yes I did eat like a Viking. I was - yes we -
it was very funny when we first arrived and Ashford Studios,
itís a brand new studio, itís all solar powered and wind
powered and itís all state-of-the-art and we were the first
people to film there.
But the canteen, you know, they kind of - they did fill it
up with lots of chips and all sorts of food that was the
kind of food that was great for the crew out in the cold,
but the kind of thing that would send you to sleep.
So yes we very quickly got the menu changed a lot sooner,
lots of protein and lots of chicken and things like that. So
we ate a lot, but we ate very healthily because it was all
about just keeping that kind of, you know, sinewy kind of,
you know, tough, you know, hard, weathered body.
Christopher Cheng: All right great. Well thank you for your
Operator: Weíll go back to Jamie Ruby from Scifivision.
Jamie Ruby: Hi, so do you have like a particular favorite
moment or scene that stands out in your mind?
Clive Standen: Many, I mean the whole experience it was - I
mean week in, week out weíd have something that was a
challenge or just a joy to be a part of. I mean a lot of the
boat stuff was fantastic. We, because like I said earlier,
we had to learn to do it, so you get a great, you know,
sense of pride out of actually kind of being able to feel
that you can sail it yourself and we all had different jobs
on the boat, you know, manning the rigging, you know,
rowing, you know actually sailing the boat.
And some of those scenes youíre just going out in the open
ocean and the lakes. And we had one particular scene where
the mist was rising off the sea, rising off the lake, and it
was like being in Apocalypse Now or something. It was - you
could have been sailing down, you know, Cambodia or
something like that with the amount of mist so you couldnít
see what was in the trees.
We also had a load of night shoots, which were a lot of fun
to film, grueling and tough. Me and Travis had a really - I
mean heís a bit of a practical joker and we were always, you
know, one upping each other and it was a lot of fun filming
And we made this stupid pact that we had a night shoot on
the boat on what they call a gimbal, which is we have a real
long boat that we can sail and man in the oceans and the
lakes, but we also have one on a gimbal, which a hydraulic
machine that can throw the boat from left to right,
backwards and forwards to simulate waves.
And they have gigantic what looked like skate ramps attached
to the side of it, maybe four or five on each side, with
diggers and dumper trucks full of water that which on queue
would dump the water, which would cascade onto the ramps and
fire onto the boat and drench you. I mean it was at 2:00,
3:00, 4:00, 5:00, 6:00 in the morning. It was ice cold and
the water was ice cold. And Travis and I made a pact that we
got offered if we would wear wetsuits underneath our
costumes to keep us warm and we decided that we were going
to be real Vikings and we didnít need wetsuits.
And we thought we would get through the whole night shoot
with wearing just like one thin layer of leather. So that
was fun and grueling and tough, but it was a big bonding
time for me and Travis, I think, because we were in it
And after youíve done take one and you can hear that click,
click, click, click, click, click, click, click of the
dumper truck about to dump the water on you and you know
whatís going to come and holding onto a rope trying to seem
like youíre a seafaring tough Viking and getting thrown
halfway across the boat. And the gimbal itself is about 10
foot up in the air as well and outside of the boat is just
concrete, so if you go overboard youíre going to know about
But it was fun and there were days like that all of the time
where you just feel like, you know, itís tough, itís
grueling, but you get, you know, you get up at 4:00 in the
morning, you get home at 9:00 at night and youíve achieved
something and you feel exhausted, but you wouldnít give up
your place for anything in the world.
You know, and we have that motto that if, you know, if
youíre going to complain about something, if youíre having a
bad day then you signed onto the wrong job because you know
whatís going to come with the show and itís fun, you know,
but if youíre not cutout for it then shut up.
Jamie Ruby: All right thanks.
Operator: With only one question in the queue I would like
to remind our audience it is star, 1 at this time.
Weíll move next to Brent Hankins from The Nerd Repository.
Brent Hankins: You described Rollo as being a sociopath, but
also spoke of enjoying having to play the character because
he is so multifaceted. Did you draw any influence from any
other television shows or movies to help you kind of craft
Clive Standen: Not so to speak. I mean I had lot of
conversations with Johan, the director at the beginning,
about different characters that heíd seen that he, you know,
thereís certain things that (Michael) ((inaudible)) does in
shame, which inspired me.
But no, I mean I did a lot of research on sociopaths, and
psychopaths, and behavioral things. I canít think of any
character that I based it on. I mean are you looking for an
answer, which is kind of heís half Hans Solo, heís half
this, but no I canít think of anyone that I, you know, itís,
you know, I think I - just certain places. And, yes, there
was conversations that we had, you know, Johan and myself,
but there was one thing that we, I think Iíve just talked
But there was one thing that we - I put on my mirror so I
could see it every morning before I got into costume, which
I think sums Rollo up quite well, which is everybody wants
to be loved, and if they canít be loved then they want to be
admired, and if they canít be admired then theyíre willing
to be feared, and if they canít be feared then theyíll be
hated. And I think thatís kind of quite a prominent thing
that kind of stuck out to me that I kind of put in my - put
on my mirror to kind of remind me of each day.
Brent Hankins: All right excellent. Thank you.
Operator: Weíll go next to Jamie Steinberg from Starry
Jamie Steinberg: I was just wondering was there instance
chemistry when you began working with the cast or did it
take a bit of time for it all to gel?
Clive Standen: No there werenít - they put us all up in a
hotel together, which is in the middle of nowhere. I mean we
were filming in the Wicklow mountains and Dublin, you know,
is the biggest city around there, but they put us nowhere
near Dublin City Center, so we were stuck for about two
weeks kind of literally living out of each otherís rooms and
having our kind of communal space in the hotel where weíd
all kind of get to know each other.
And we, you know, to be fair we all really hit it off. Weíre
all kind of a very similar age and we all come from
different backgrounds and, like I said, weíre all very
eclectic. You know, on paper we shouldnít all get on, but
yes there is no competition, thereís no, you know, thereís
no bad thoughts.
And, you know, Iíve been really privileged to be a part of
this cast with these guys because they really are a band of
brothers to me now and, you know, Iím including (Alysa) and
Katheryn in that as well.
We, you know, itís quite special. Iíve done shows before
where, you know, you do turn up to work and you love your
job, but you donít necessarily have to get on with
everybody, but itís not the case in Vikings. And I think
hopefully that chemistry comes across onscreen because, you
know, we are, you know, Travis is a very good leading man.
Heís a very good, you know, heís very good at playing
practical jokes and if thatís what needs be to kind of
lighten the atmosphere. Iíve got many stories, but Iíll
leave him to tell them to you, itís not my place.
And, you know, and Gabriel, as well, is a very inspiring
actor to work with and very easy to work with, very
accommodating and very kind. And Iíve never really had the
experience Iíve had on any other show really. And thatís to
be said that, you know, this show is a show that I am - I
would be excited about watching even if I wasnít in it.
Jamie Steinberg: Great. Thank you so much.
Operator: Jamie Ruby from Scifivision please go ahead.
Jamie Ruby: I know that you actually, and you talked about
it, you actually filmed in Ireland and everything. Can you
kind of just talk about that experience and, you know, being
actually on the land and everything filming on location?
Clive Standen: Ireland is the most amazing and incredible
place to film. It really is very similar to the, you know,
the Norwegian fjords, the lakes that theyíve got there, and
the vistas are just incredible.
But itís not just, I mean the landscape is fantastic, but
whatís so special about filming in Ireland is the crew and
it really is. I mean that from the bottom of my heart. The
crew that I worked with in Ireland, and I was very lucky
enough to work with quite a lot of them on Camelot as well,
which was also filmed in Ireland, theyíve done five years of
Tudors together; theyíve done a season of Camelot together;
theyíve done Vikings together. Theyíre like a family and
theyíre very good at bringing, you know, the kind of foreign
actors in and making us feel a part of that family.
And theyíre brilliant at what they do. I mean, you know,
when youíve done seven years of all working together on
different period dramas, you know, they really know what
theyíre doing. And when you get out there in the field and
are on the top of a mountain or, you know, on the front of
the seafront, theyíre just so well gelled together that it
makes your job a privilege and, you know, so easy running.
Jamie Ruby: Okay great. Thank you.
Clive Standen: ((inaudible)) for experience. Itís been
Operator: And Mr. Standen there are no further questions in
the queue. Iíd like to turn it back to you for any closing
Clive Standen: Well Iím really proud of the show. Like I
said, itís - I would be - from the beginning it was a very
long process for me to become a part of the Vikings. I
really chased this job. When I was working on Camelot I was
lucky enough to find out from Morgan OíSullivan, who was one
of the executive producers on Camelot, that Michael was
working on this and heíd been working on it for a very long
time. It was a bit of a pet project of his.
And at that time they were looking for a collaborator and
they were looking at different channels and networks to go
into partnership with, but I was lucky enough to read the
first two scripts and even at that point, which is a long,
long time ago, way before we were into pre-production, it
was special and Michael is a very special writer.
And I think when History came onboard as the channel thereís
no better channel for this to be on. I mean they really have
built - spent a long time building up a core audience that
expects, you know, some kind of historical accuracy and they
have that to uphold.
And I think with this script to draw on, especially after
the Hatfield and McCoys, which I thought was excellent,
they really are the best channel to have this show on. Itís
visceral, itís gritty, itís epic on scale and I think sort
of maybe when you first start watching it you probably wonít
even know what youíre looking at, but you wonít be able to
stop looking at it and itís exciting.
And I donít think this is a story thatís ever been told
before and I canít wait for people to see it. And I hope
that people enjoy it because I really want to come back and
do some more.
Operator: Thank you so much. That does conclude todayís
teleconference. We thank you all for your participation.
Clive Standen: Thanks guys.
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