It came as a surprise to many when Stellan Skarsgard signed a British TV series, but the award-winning actor said the changing face of cinema is what inspired him to tackle BBC One’s “River”.
Skarsgard, 64, said there is less and less room for psychological drama like “River” at the multiplexes, reported Digital Spy.
“There has been a structural change – very dramatically – in the last decade. The films that are made now, they either have a budget of USD 100 million dollars or USD 3 million dollars,” he said.
“Everything in-between, that was character-driven, with the best actors / writers / directors, is gone, and all those talents are now going to television instead.
“The distribution systems and the cinemas have adopted to the blockbusters, and they now get their main income from selling popcorn, and if you don’t make a film that sells popcorn, it’s very hard to get it out there.”
In “River”, Swedish star plays John River, a disturbed police detective haunted by the death of his partner.