The Northman Added CG Genitals For Its Naked Swordfight Scene – IGN

The Northman director Robert Eggers has confirmed that CG genitals were added to the naked swordfight scene with Alexander Skarsgård to prevent any accidental injuries.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Eggers opened up about the challenging filmmaking process behind The Northman as he admitted that certain shots called for some digital movie magic in order to achieve the desired effect, especially the nude battle between Skarsgård’s Amleth and Claes Bang’s Fjölnir, which required both actors to wear protective thongs.

“We actually had to add things digitally because they were wearing thongs [instead of being naked] because no one wanted to get their bits chopped off,” he explained. “So, we actually had to add some CG genitals for certain shots so that they didn’t look too Ken doll-ish. You’ve got to make it look real, so I’m sure we did some full-body scans of Alex. They’re out there.”

In the same interview, Eggers offered his point of view on method acting, which has become a topic of much debate recently, as he was asked to clarify the reason why, in his own words, nobody method acts on his sets. The filmmaker asserted that he doesn’t enforce any rules for method acting, but rather he just needs the actors to turn up and follow the script.

“If someone wants to be Method, they’re more than welcome to be Method,” Eggers said. “But my main direction is don’t blink, don’t move your face, and say your lines. When you have an archetypal story with archetypal characters — Alexander Skarsgård looks like a Viking, is playing a Viking, on a mountain and dressed as a Viking — just say your lines.”

Eggers previously spoke to IGN about the process of making his “Viking Hamlet” movie, considering the massive scale of his new film. He also discussed his approach to directing action, striving for historical accuracy while also folding in the supernatural elements of Viking mythology, and just how much metal was on his playlist while he worked on the project.

And if you love action-packed Viking films, our review of The Northman would suggest this is the perfect movie for you. With dramatic music and top-tier performances from a star-studded cast, it’s an epic historical feature you won’t want to miss and we have all of the details on when and where you can watch this tale of Viking vengeance.

Adele Ankers-Range is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow her on Twitter.

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