showbizjunkies.com – Vikings stars Travis Fimmel and Alexander Ludwig were teamed up to talk to the media during the Television Critics Association’s winter press event and I had the opportunity to snag some time with the pair of talented actors. History’s Vikings season three will premiere on February 19, 2015 at 10pm ET/PT and Fimmel and Ludwig were eager to discuss what fans can expect from this upcoming season.
How has the change in setting and the increased scale of the action impacted your characters?
Travis Fimmel: “It’s great. We’re really excited for the CGI stuff in Paris.
Alexander Ludwig: “We’re still shooting in Ireland but it was incredible what they did with Paris. I’m really excited to see it because a lot of it is CGI so we get to see this whole new world that’s just been created for us, which we’re really excited about.”
Does Ragnar’s relationship to his people change as he gains more power?
Alexander Ludwig: “Good question. Absolutely. I think so.”
Travis Fimmel: “He never wanted to be king or any of that stuff. He just wanted to explore and that kind of thing. In a way it’s interesting this year the way people treat him. It’s different.”
Alexander Ludwig: “Exactly. It’s not the way he treats others, it’s the way they treat him. This season is about sustaining power as opposed to obtaining it, and how dangerous it is to be up.”
Will he still be leery of Floki’s motivations?
Travis Fimmel: “Of everybody’s motivations – Floki, his sons, his wives, everybody’s motivations. Once you’ve reached power you’re more scared of other people’s ambitions than what your own ambition is. From his wives to everybody, who can he trust, you know? There’s a lot of trust games going on this year.”
Alexander Ludwig: “There’s a line in the script that say…”
Travis Fimmel: “Power is only given to those who dare to bend down to pick it up.”
Alexander Ludwig: “Which is the truth. You have to be ruthless. You have to be able to bend down to be able to pick it up.”
Alexander, why does your character seem more connected to Rollo (played by Clive Standen) as a father figure than Ragnar?
Alexander Ludwig: “This is a really interesting dynamic. It’s really interesting because Ragnar is such a great father but he’s also so busy dealing with his own stuff, being a King for everybody, Bjorn had to find another father figure in his life so he went to Rollo. And Rollo kind of looked for meaning in his life and he found Bjorn. There’s this amazing dynamic between us as well.”
deadline.com – EXCLUSIVE: Vikings star Travis Fimmel is joining Greta Gerwig, Bill Hader, Ethan Hawke and Julianne Moore in Maggie’s Plan, the romantic comedy scripted and to be directed by Rebecca Miller. Damon Cardasis of Round Films is producing and filming will begin this month. He will play the role of Guy.
Fimmel, who is lead Viking Ragnar Lothbrok on the hit History Channel series Vikings, has been busy shooting the lead role in the Duncan Jones-directed Warcraft for Legendary Pictures, based on the video game. Fimmel is repped by Management 360, Paradigm and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern.
franchiseherald.com – “Vikings” actor Travis Fimmel discusses a few details about his other project “Warcraft,” teasing that the two are “very different.”
“The fighting style is very different,” the actor tells IGN, adding “There’s all of those special effects [in Warcraft].”
He also added, “the costume is like wearing a table, so it’s not as nimble. It’s very visually based.”
Fimmel also described how it is filming for “Warcraft,” revealing that he had to use his imagination in motion capture sequences that required him to talk to characters the weren’t in front of him.
“I found out this wasn’t my favorite way of working,” tells the actor.
The director, Duncan Jones touched on what can be expected from the “Warcraft” plot, revealing that he wanted production to stay true to the game’s history.
“As you may know, there has been a long history of trying to make a Warcraft film, and for a number of reasons, it never quite happened,” said Jones.
“I was lucky. When I went to talk to Chris Metzen and the guys at Blizzard, we both saw things the same way. A Warcraft film should not be about a good race of humans battling an evil race of orcs! Warcraft should be about heroes on both sides trying to avoid a conflict, when villains leave them no choice.”
Leading The Alliance is actor Travis Fimmel, while Toby Kebbell of “Rock n’ Rolla” stars as Durotan. Paula Patton, Rob Kazinsky, Clancy Brown, Ben Schnetzer, Ben Forster, and Hong Kong actor Daniel Wu have all been reported joining the cast.
“Warcraft” is in production under Universal and Legendary Pictures and is expected to release in theaters by March 2016.
Thanks so much too AliKat, we now have HQ photos of Travis from his Winter TCA portrait session he took part in earlier this month. So check them out in the gallery.
VIEW: Photoshoots & Outtakes > 2015: Session #001 – Winter TCA – Portraits
I have added some new portraits of Travis from the 2015 Winter TCA event while promoting the upcoming season of Vikings. Unfortunately they are tagged but as soon as I get my hands on untagged ones, I will replace these. Until then, enjoy.
VIEW: Photoshoots & Outtakes > 2015: Session #001 – Winter TCA – Portraits
Thanks so much to my good friend Carol, we have some more photos of Travis from his Variety & LA Times photoshoot taken back in May of 2014. So check them out in the gallery.
VIEW: Photoshoots & Outtakes > 2014: Session #002 | Variety
ign.com – a little over a year, director Duncan Jones will unveil his epic fantasy adventure Warcraft, based on the wildly popular game set in the world of Azeroth. Vikings lead Travis Fimmel stars in the film as Sir Anduin Lothar, the central protagonist for the Alliance, who is set against Toby Kebbell’s Durotan of the Horde.
We were able to sit down with Fimmel recently to talk about the upcoming third season of History’s Vikings. During our conversation, we briefly touched on his experience working on Warcraft.
“The fighting style is very different,” the actor said, comparing Vikings’ raw brutality with the more stylized nature of Warcraft. “There’s all of those special effects [in Warcraft].”
Laughingly adding that, “the costume is like wearing a table, so it’s not as nimble. It’s very visually based.”
Fimmel also noted that his work as an actor was far more about the use of imagination. He enjoyed his time on the set and working against Toby Kebbell, saying, “Toby is a great fellow, I like Toby a lot.” However, the challenge of the heavy-effects, working against an actor in a performance-capture suit, and an environment that didn’t exist in physical form was more difficult than Fimmel had anticipated. The cast was able to look at pre-visualization and concept art to get a sense of the landscape they were meant to be in, but the actor recalls that it was “very unfinished” and “more of a cartoon” when they were in production.
“I found out this wasn’t my favorite way of working,” Fimmel reflected. “I’d rather be talking with a person face-to-face.”
Fimmel has since seen some of the finished scenes, however, and reports that in their completed form, “the visual effects are brilliant.”
“What I’ve seen…It’s amazing,” he concluded.
It sounds as if Jones will be delivering on his promise that Warcraft will be a blend of Lord of the Rings with the technology of Avatar.
Stay tuned for details on Warcraft as they emerge. IGN Logo
Look for Warcraft to hit theaters in March of 2016.
Vikings Season 3 premieres on February 19 at 10/9c on History.
Can Ragnar Lothbrok and the #Vikings have it all? Set sail and take on new battles with us, February 19th on HISTORY.