Originally Posted by archiguy
You know, the well-documented smirk kind of bothered me too in the pilot. But since then I've made peace with it. I think that's just his interpretation of the character and I'm fine with it now. He's Ragnar to me. I don't see any other obvious failures as a actor. That said, I would have reversed the casting of Rags and Rollo as the latter is clearly a superior actor, and more badass looking to boot.
Per an interview, Clive Standen did audition for Ragnar, didn't get it, but was offered Rollo (which he then said this was the role he wanted all the time...right). He does a great job as Rollo, especially if he see him in interviews, because he's nothing like the character. He looks and acts younger, has a light hearted Brit accent and actually seems a tad shy. That said, Rollo is kind of a 2 dimensional character, lives in the gray, badass for sure, but totally predictable...other than will he or won't he. Ragnar is much more subtle and you need a subtle actor to convey a ton of conflicting emotions and decisions without dialog...and we're surprised by some of them. Then it all makes sense after we on the board analyze it
. Fimmel has arresting blue eyes that never blink (an acting technique espoused by Michael Caine). This lends a ton of intensity to his facial expressions. Also, Fimmel with a full head of hair, is by far prettier than Standen...who's a very good looking guy. All in all, I think they made the right choice.
Evidently, Fimmel and Standen had quite a bit of fun with the actor who plays Athelstan. When they were shooting the scenes with the rope around his neck, Fimmel would make him walk between sets leading by the rope. When they'd take a break, one or the other of them would tie the rope to some framing on the sly. So when the break was over, Athelstan would stand up and try to walk with them until he came to end of the rope. Those Vikings were such jokesters...even the actors who play them.Edited by Ron Temple - 5/2/13 at 3:32pm