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'Melancholia' star chats at Hamptons fest

Actor Alexander Skarsgard from the movie "Melancholia" attends

Actor Alexander Skarsgard from the movie "Melancholia" attends the 2nd day of the Hamptons International Film Festival. (Oct. 14, 2011) Credit: Rob Rich/

Alexander Skarsgard avoided sharing intimate details about his much-publicized private life or his reported breakup with Kate Bosworth at the Hamptons International Film Festival Friday night, preferring instead to talk about his new film, "Melancholia."

The "True Blood" star flew in from Sweden Friday to attend the 19th annual festival and talk to reporters outside a screening of the movie, in which he plays a man who marries a troubled young woman (Kirsten Dunst) as another planet hurtles toward Earth. Skarsgard said he and Dunst did their best to adapt to Lars von Trier's no-preparation directing style.

"It's as close to working on the stage as you can get. There's not even any tape on the floor for blocking," Skarsgard said. "John Hurt is in the movie, and he says, 'I have no idea what I'm doing.' I don't think that was in character! I think that's real."

Skarsgard's arrival was just one uptick in the festival's increasing celebrity quotient. Emily Browning, star of the sexually-charged film "Sleeping Beauty," and Ezra Miller, who co-stars with Tilda Swinton in a drama about a Columbine-like massacre, "We Need to Talk About Kevin," were both scheduled to attend screenings late in the evening.

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