Actor Travis Fimmel has proved there’s more to a Viking warrior than horned helmets. He chats with The Times’ Yvonne Villrreal.
MovieWeb.com – While the main cast for Warcraft was revealed quite some time ago, with Paula Patton, Anson Mount, Paul Dano, Colin Farrell, Travis Fimmel, Anton Yelchin, Toby Kebbell, Dominic Cooper and Ben Foster all taking on substantial roles in director Duncan Jones video game adaptation, none of the characters have been mentioned. Now, in an interview with IGN, Ben Foster confirms that he is playing the sorcerer Medivh in this fantasy based action adventure.
According to the World of Warcraft wiki: Medivh was the last Guardian of Tirisfal, an ancient line of protectors bestowed with great powers to do battle with the agents of the Burning Legion. He was corrupted even before birth, and possessed by the spirit of the demonlord Sargeras who used Medivh in his plan to conquer Azeroth. Medivh contacted the orcish warlock, Gul’dan, and together they opened the Dark Portal, which allowed the Burning Legion to begin its destruction of Azeroth. He was slain shortly after by a party led by one of his friends, Lothar.
Ben Foster had this to say about his character:
“The character in Warcraft that I play is named Medivh. He’s a mage, which is essentially a sorcerer. He came up in a time protecting an area, and the way he protected this area was through magic. As peace returned to this land he took a break. He hung up his staff, so to speak, or let his guns get dusty. We meet him as his friends are returning asking for his help in a battle. What’s exciting about Duncan Jones’ take on this video game is that it shows both sides of the war. It shows both sides of a conflict, which is exciting to me. It’s not just a video game turned into a movie. It’s asking, hopefully, an important question of, where do we limit our compassion for what we consider to be the bad guys?”
Ben Foster will not be playing a CGI or Motion Capture character in the film, though he goes onto praise VFX house ILM for their genre defying work. Asked if he was required to wear a Mo-Cap suit on set, Ben Foster replied,
“No, mine’s not [motion capture], but there are interactions with a lot of characters that are. There are a lot of different kinds of creatures in this picture that I interact with. The way that they’re pushing motion-capture — I just saw some of the test footage — it’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen. It’s performance-capture. It pushes it to the next level. It’s going to be one helluva 3D event.”
Warcraft comes to theaters March 11th, 2016 and stars Paula Patton, Anson Mount, Paul Dano, Colin Farrell, Travis Fimmel, Anton Yelchin, Ben Foster, Toby Kebbell. The film is directed by Duncan Jones.
GoldDerby.com – “Travis Fimmel deserves an Emmy nomination,” insists the Boston Globe. He certainly gives a passionate and physically ferocious performance as Rangar, the fearless king on “Vikings.” What fuels his dynamic role?
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“Rangar is driven by adventure and curiosity to explore and conquer new lands,” Fimmel says in our webcam chat, “but he’s doing this to provide for our society. The landscape is very scarce in Scandinavia. The population is high. We actually need to go and raid places in order to survive, to feed our people.”
An astounding thing about the History Channel TV series is that it makes “Vikings” characters so personal, and often sympathetic, that viewers root for them even as the barbarians go sacking and looting foreign lands.
“We do a lot of heinous things,” Fimmel admits. “Our writer Michael Hirst has done a great job making people want to follow the show.”
Check out our webcam chat below. Best part: he tells us about a drinking game he played with costar Clive Standen, who plays Ragnar’s brother Rollo. While watching one episode, they took shots every time the same stunt guy got killed. How many shots do you think they downed?
LATimes.com – In his breakout role as legendary Norse hero Ragnar Lothbrok from the Viking age, Travis Fimmel has proved there’s more to a Viking warrior than horned helmets.
As the hero and visionary at the center of “Vikings,” History’s first full-length scripted program, Fimmel has endured a number of power clashes. And in the second season finale, which aired earlier this month, Ragnar found himself more powerful than ever: He is now king.
We’ll talk to Fimmel about his character’s journey on Wednesday at 11 a.m. PDT when he joins The Envelope for an in-studio chat.
Maybe we’ll squeeze a Norse language lesson out of him in the process, as well as get his thoughts on bringing nuance to the caricature view of the brute seafarers.
We’d like you to join in on the conversation. Leave your questions in the comments section of this article or tweet them to #asklatimes, and we’ll see what he has to say.
FansShare.com – Travis Fimmel has become a favorite of fans and filmmakers for his dramatic performances as Ragar Lothbrook, the leader of Vikings as he takes them on raids throughout Europe and his acting has not gone unnoticed. The model turned actor has become a star of the small screen while on the History Channel as he produced some exceptional performances in scenes such as when he was talking to his dead daughter that created such a connection with people on the set that the creator of the show cried and one can imagine that a similar impact was had on viewers.
His performance in the second season of the show has some entertainment insiders looking at him as a potential Emmy award nominee and filmmakers enthused about him as a leading man on the big screen.
He is currently filming the movie “Warcraft” with star actors Ben Foster, Paula Patton and Dominic Cooper and some film industry professional believe that his being seen in this film, one of the most highly anticipated movies that will be seen not in 2015 but 2016 will turn him into a star.
His role in “Vikings” has been described as his “breakout role” by Huffington Post and it has turned him into an actor whom filmmakers envision as their leading man in many different types of roles whether it be a action adventure or a dramatic thriller.
In “Vikings” he has played a starring role in a show that is in many respects a family drama. His character deals with having a wife, a mistress, a boss who troubles him and then he becomes the boss and it has enabled him to show a dramatic acting range that has shown filmmakers that he can be the leading man in an action adventure or dramatic thriller. His performance in “Vikings has been described as a “breakout performance” by entertainment insiders and it has made Travis Fimmel into a wanted man as an actor in Hollywood, one of the most desired designations that one could hope for.
HitFlix.com – Given the crowd at the Television Academy last night for History’s “Vikings,” you’d be hard pressed to guess that the season 2 finale didn’t score the numbers of the first (3.4 million, representing a drop of 6 percent from last year). Still, the network is making a solid play for Emmy nods. Given the dark twists of this season, from an unexpected final betrayal to a demanding and brutal character arc for Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick), a little recognition doesn’t seem out of the realm of possibility for this cast, many of whom were in attendance. I’ll be posting my one-on-one interviews with them soon, but here’s the download on a panel that went from jovial to emotional and, in one case, very personal.
Winnick, Clive Standen (Rollo), George Blagden (Athelstan), Jessalyn Gilsig (Siggy), Donal Logue (King Horik), Gustaf Skarsgard (Floki) and Alyssa Sutherland (Princess Aslaugh) joined creator Michael Hirst on the stage. Though Travis Fimmel (Ragnar) couldn’t make it, that didn’t mean his castmates couldn’t talk about him.
“I stole Floki from Travis Fimmel,” Skarsgard joked, noting that everything about the actor while out of character informed his quirky boat builder. “He’s so far out in his pranks… he put a live chicken in a car. By the time it was found, there was shit everywhere.”
“One time he got a production phone and changed all our call times,” Gilsig added.
While everyone agreed it’s impossible to prank the prankster, there are ways to get under his skin. “You treat him super normally. That freaks him out,” Skarsgard said.
The making of the show was the primary topic, with major props given to both costume design and the make-up department. “The make-up is more dirt and sun spots,” Gilsig said, noting she tried to convince the make-up artists to put her sun spots along her jawline and cheekbones. “You try to maneuver the make-up to be more flattering.”
Still, Winnick finds the process of getting into a “chain mail dress that takes 25 minutes to get me into it” a “transformation process… It’s more of a ritual to get into character.”
Logue noted he didn’t have to do much to transform into a Viking. “I was super hairy, so it didn’t matter. I was watching footage and I thought someone in the scene was one of those biker dudes we had for background, and then I realize, oh, that’s me.”
Surprisingly, everyone in the cast was eager to give props to the on-screen talent most of us don’t think much about — the background players. “Watching other shows, you can sense the royalty of the cast, and there’s a disconnect between the main cast members and the background. You need that sense of connection, and we had it.”
“Female cast members were contacting me, wanting to find out what other training they needed to be shield maiden,” Winnick said. “It was amazing how passionate they were.”
“When I’m whining, I remember there’s always one guy who didn’t get in the heat tent and didn’t get passed coffee,” Skarsgard said. “I know I have to get over it.”
“There’s no complaining in ‘Vikings’,” Gilsig joked.
“We were a family,” Logue added. “These people are in there with us rowing the boat all day. There’s a real camaraderie between the cast and the background. I remember one day in a fight scene I’m running toward this guy and I say, how’s it going? He’s this big Polish guy, and it’s 4:30 in the afternoon, and he looks at me and says, ‘I haven’t eaten today, but it’s okay.’ And he’s just smiling and happy to be there.”
The conversation took a serious note when, in discussing Rollo’s decision to fight then submit to brother Ragnar, Standen talked about where his motivation came from. “When it becomes apparent he can’t kill his brother, he’s been ripped open. I’ve been married for ten years, and at the time we were [separated], so it mirrored it for me. He [realizes] his brother is his one rock, the one he can trust and depend on. Thankfully, we’re back together now.”
Gilsig also talked about the scene in which King Horik demands a show of loyalty from Siggy by making her have sex with his son. “Reading it, everyone in the cast was giggling, but in the room we felt the humiliation and the power struggle and what he was doing to his son… I’m prone to kinky, but I didn’t get to go there.”
Logue also discussed the death of his character. “The last episodes were intense. I knew I was leaving this show and this group of people, so it’s emotional.”
Winnick leaned forward and smiled. “It was hard to kill you.”
Logue then had a question for the audience of mostly Emmy voters. “Do you guys watch [the footage sent out]? Or is it just, hey, Robin Williams did a ‘Homicide,’ that must be pretty good!” The only response he got was, of course, uncomfortable laughter.
The final twist of season two (spoiler alert) was also a topic of conversation. Skarsgard talked about the challenge of convincing the audience Floki had turned on Ragnar. “When people go back and watch those episodes again, there will be clues… Floki Method acted his way through this. This is vast mafia shit. He couldn’t tell his wife, because if she knew, she could be tortured.”
Sutherland also hopes fans go back and watch for her storyline leading up to the birth of Ivar the Boneless. “I think people may have projected stuff onto this character, and some of that is because of how much people love Lagertha, but I think they’ll see I give a shit about my kids.” On a similar note, she said she’s petitioned the costume department to consider making a Viking maternity line. “I think there’s a real need for it. Everything was so detailed and flattering.”
As far as a favorite episode, Hirst decided to answer for Fimmel. “I think I know Travis’ favorite scene. As much as he loves scenes that don’t have any dialogue at all, it was the scene when he talks to his dead daughter.” Mentioning how he fought to keep the use of music to a minimum in the scene and how it made him think of his own daughters, he added, “I really wept the first time I saw it.” If Fimmel can make a reserved Brit show creator cry, he probably has a better shot with Emmy voters than he knows.
BreatheCast.com – Fans of the hit game “World of Warcraft” will be excited to hear new developments in the creation of a movie adaptation of the hugely popular game.
Based on the familiar “World of Warcraft” game franchise, “Warcraft” is a classic fantasy adventure movie written by Jones Levitt and Charles Leavitt, and directed by Duncan Jones. This story covers several genres and the film adaptation of the game is expected to retain the flair of the series, which shows conflict from multiple angles.
Therefore, it is expected that the movie “Warcraft” will also possibly feature several protagonists on the two opposite sides of the titular war.
“Warcraft” is currently scheduled for release on March 11, 2016.
According to details released by the producers, “Warcraft” will feature actors Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Clancy Brown, Toby Kebbell, Robert Kazinsky. Domnic Cooper, Ryan Robbin and Ben Schnetzer.
MTV reports that the film revolves around the story of a human leader Andiun Lothar, who wages war against Orc leader Durotan. The two leaders are shown keen to do the appropriate things for their respective people, but despite their noble intents, the war breaks out.
Rumor has it that the story of the film “Warcraft” is based on the original “Warcraft” game, wherein an indifferent leader Lothar is forced to fight the powerful Orc multitudes led by Orgrim and Durotan.
In fact, “Warcraft” fans will be thrilled to see that several aspects of the original game’s story will be retained in the movie. However, they ought to be prepared to see some important changes, as storytelling in movies is much different from any game story. Consistent with the long-run popular franchise, the ending of the movie is expected to tease a new war in the future that will be guided by new and old protagonists.
In addition, the movie is likely to conclude with an apt conflict where the engagement will be larger than any particular individual on either side. The end will also not have any hint assuring the survival of any particular character.
Forbes.com – Try this parlor game: identify an actor who, arguably, has made an entire career out of his or her … stare.
It can be a grimace, a glance, a scowl, utter blankness – whatever. But the idea is to think of someone who is nearly synonymous with holding a particular silent look for several seconds. And it’s always the same look.
Here is this contributor’s list for starters. Please feel free to add your own in the comments section and I’ll revisit the best additions in a subsequent post:
Travis Fimmel: Fans of the bloody but terrific History Channel series, Vikings, recognize the look that Fimmel uses often as protagonist Ragnar Lothbrok: A distant stare that works in a variety of ways, from observing “frenemies” across a room to imploring the gods on a Nordic stone cliff. Whether the former Calvin Klein model’s baby blues are real or aided by contact lenses, his stare is riveting and impactful.
EnStarz.com – The epic ending to Season 2′s Viking’s finale left us with Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) looking out across the vistas – a newly minted king. He had just executed king Horik, and now takes in the mountainous new world before him. Who would he conquer next and who are his enemies? Show creator Michael Hirst gives us the scoop.
The TV Academy spoke with Hirst about what enemies Ragnar could face given that he just dispatched fellow Viking rulers Horik and Jarl Borg reported Zap2It on May 15.
“It’s implicit in episode 2 of Season 2 that if he wanted to be, or if he’s always meant to be, King Ecbert will be a very formidable foe to Ragnar,” Hirst says. “He’s a similarly intelligent guy and a strategist. We have to see how that works out because at the moment it seems like they have the same agenda, but do they have the same agenda?”
That “same agenda” was Ragnar’s desire to farm good English soil, in exchange for King Ecbert’s need for Viking warrior force to conquer others.
But Ragnar doesn’t only face international enemies, he faces a new “significant potential enemy” who is “threatening the kingdom” at home too.
“There’s going to be a new enemy on the home front,” Hirst reveals. “Inevitably, once you become king, you become a target.”
For a man that just wants to farm, the foes are adding up. With enemies at home and abroad, Ragnar must go after his main target – Paris.
“We’re building up to the big raid on Paris,” he says. “It’s not just a raid. It’s also a siege.” Which would obviously make the king of France an enemy.
Ragnar Storms Paris and The United States? Showrunner Tells Us To Get ‘Ready’
Enstars reported earlier (May 10), on Hirst describing the historically based attack on Paris:
“The attack on Paris is a very, very famous event in history. Paris was this extraordinary city that the Romans had built, and [at that time, it was] on an island in the middle of the Seine,” he said. “It had walls around it and towers and everything. And the Vikings attacked it with a hundred ships.”
“It was an extraordinary event. The siege of Paris lasted a long time and led to many, many unexpected things. I’ve warned everyone in production — ‘Hey, guys, I’m afraid in Season 3 we attack Paris with a hundred ships. So I hope you’re ready.’”
Rumors swirl that Ragnar not only wants to take Paris, but later on America!
“Yes. I’ve said that the show is not going to end until we discover America.”