"It takes a long time to make me beautiful, but it goes fast to make me ugly."
"I’ve worked with him several times before and I really like him. He’s a very good friend. But, his way of shooting is so relaxed for the actors, if you don’t want to be in control of yourself. You really try to shoot the scenes in different ways and explore the possibilities of the scene. There’s no pressure and you’re allowed to make as many mistakes as you want. When we did Breaking the Waves, he had a sign on the wall that said, “Make mistakes.” It’s really nice. For Dogville, when I had to rape Nicole Kidman about five times, in different ways, he suddenly told me, “Stellan, don’t you think you could play it as a romantic comedy?” I thought of Notting Hill and I said, “Of course, Lars.” And then, I went in and played the scene like a romantic comedy and, of course, the scene didn’t work, but one or two lines, because of the different angle of attack, suddenly became very interesting. And then, he just cuts out those and uses them. He’s always such a sweet and lovely man that I enjoy being around him."
— Stellan Skarsgård