Aussie talks about his character actor instincts and Emmy chances
We're on the eve of the 10th anniversary of The WB's "Tarzan," which introduced the world to Australian model-turned-actor Travis Fimmel.
Fans of History's "Vikings" whose only point-of-reference for Fimmel was "Tarzan" may have been surprised by his intense, intriguingly crazed performance as upwardly mobile warrior and family man Ragnar Lothbrok.
Since his short-lived WB debut, though, Fimmel has made a string of interestingly quirky career choices, starting with an dark and internalized performance in "The Beast," going even darker and more tortured in the early episodes of NBC's "Chase" and going unexpectedly Southern and backwoods in FX's "Outlaw Country," a pilot that didn't go to series but aired as a TV movie.
I got on the phone with the self-deprecating Fimmel a couple weeks ago to talk about "Vikings" and about his own acting instincts, which tend more in the "character actor" direction.
Fimmel, who insists he's still just a farm boy at heart, discusses the challenges of making Ragnar and the Vikings relatable, the ego-free Irish set and his appreciation for "Vikings" creator Michael Hirst.
He also handicaps his Emmy chances in very amusing fashion.
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