N.B. actor plays
Viking in sci-fi flick, The Outlander, shot in Halifax
grad working with stars
Actor Patrick Stevenson says walking
onto the set of his latest movie is like walking back in time.
But Stephenson, who counts
Fredericton as his hometown, said he'd never trade places with the Vikings
portrayed in the film.
"It wasn't an easy lifestyle.
Everything was hand-made or pillaged. I guess I'm a little used to the modern
He will share the screen with Passion
of the Christ star Jim Caviezel and veteran actor John Hurt when The Outlander
is released in 2007.
Caviezel stars as Kainan, a traveller
from another world who is marooned on Earth after a spaceship crashes into the
majestic fjords of Norway. He joins forces with a group of Vikings to kill a
bloodthirsty creature that escaped the wreckage.
Stevenson, a 1985 graduate of
Fredericton High School, is home for Christmas for a few days before returning
to Nova Scotia to wrap up filming.
The producers built a functioning
Viking community on their set north of Halifax.
"They built this entire Viking
village with the longhouses and the shield hall. It's just amazing."
Stevenson plays Unferth, a
superstitious character who wears a Thor's hammer pendant.
"He's very much into the pagan
gods of the time. So, I learned about the pagan gods, studied Thor and the runes
and everything that would influence him in particular."
Stevenson said the best part of this
job has been working with veteran film actor John Hurt who starred in The
"He was very giving as an actor
- just a gentleman through and through."
However, there were drawbacks to
filming scenes in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia.
part was probably the cold weather."