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Clive Standen

Interview with Clive Standen of "Vikings" on HISTORY 2/27/13

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.

HISTORY
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 our equipment.

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 the role?

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, so thanks.

Operator: Weíll move next to Pattye Grippo from Pazsaz Entertainment.

Pattye Grippo: Hi Clive. So can you tell us a bit more about your character?

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 Repository.

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 the role?

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 the boats.

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 seeing more.

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 and knights.

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 story.

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 miserable time.

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 Constellation.

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 the characters.

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 Everythingaction.com.

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 different.

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 justice.

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 Repository.

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 scratch.

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 want.

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, questioning.

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 Everythingaction.com.

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 acting.

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 Arne.

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 and things.

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 know, bodybuilders.

Christopher Cheng: Okay so did you happen to eat like a Viking then?

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 time.

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 with Travis.

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 together.

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 it.

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 that character?

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 about it.

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 Constellation.

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 great.

Operator: And Mr. Standen there are no further questions in the queue. Iíd like to turn it back to you for any closing remarks.

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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