The Willie © Carnival
The Willie © Carnival
This HBO show is great, but if you like your medieval action a bit more realistic and a little less … Dragon-y, watch Netflix's The An Last Kingdom .
Based on the historical novels of Bernard Cornwell The Saxon Stories the series follows Uhtred by Bebbanburg, a Saxon-born Viking fighter, who seeks revenge and power in the 9th century. That means a lot of runnin & # 39; ridin & # 39; and ravagin & # 39 ;. Luckily, Alexander Dreymon, a German-born, internationally-grown Thespian, is built for the challenge.
What attracts you to Uhtred?
I refer to him because I grew up in so many different places, and I always feel like a foreigner, and I think it's the same for him. He always has to fight to prove himself. I also love that he is very naughty ̵
It's a pretty physical role. How do you stay in shape?
A good friend once told me, "Every hour you spend in the gym is an hour you do not spend in the library." Perform at least one hour of Brazilian jiu-jitsu and then 20 to 30 minutes of weight lifting. On the set I do a lot of riding and swordplay. That keeps you in shape. And last season we had [1998 World’s Strongest Man] Magnus Samuelsson in the cast – one of the most beautiful people I've ever met. He has so much knowledge about how to strengthen his body.
What is the greatest thing you have learned from him?
Probably "it's all in the head" because he's such an example of perseverance and determination. He had moments when his back had arched discs and he still broke world records.
Do you do many stunts yourself?
Oh yeah. I learned so much from my stunt double, Tamás Katrics, and our stunt coordinator Levente Lezsák, who is a natural rider. You feel a connection with the animal that goes far beyond anything I have imagined – you can influence its behavior by controlling your own energy. This is one of my favorite parts of the show. If I lived in South Dakota, I jump on a horse and only ride for hours. All I see are buffalo herds. It is the ultimate feeling of freedom.
You have accomplished your great share of shirtless scenes. What do you eat to stay Vikings?
I have a naturally high metabolism, so I'm one of those guys who hate people. But I love foods that happen to be healthy – vegetables, salads, fish. I think the closer it is alive, the better it has to be for you.
Do you think the Vikings actually had six-packs?
I do not know if they are really interested in the shape of their bodies, but they certainly were very strong, much stronger than we are now. You had to be in great shape just to survive the elements and the battles. Run up a hill or jump on your horse with 40 to 50 pounds of chain mail – that really makes a difference!
Season 3 of The Last Kingdom is now running on Netflix.