'The Little Drummer Girl' star Alexander Skarsgard reveals the intense negotiation that went into filming the Acropolis scene
We loved to watch Charlie and Becker go on their first date to the historical monument in 'The Little Drummer Girl', but it didn't come very easily.
We could barely hold our breaths during the iconic scene of the first episode of 'The Little Drummer Girl' when Becker, played by Alexander Skarsgard, takes Charlie (played by Florence Pugh) on the top of the Acropolis. When Charlie sighed as to how she would ever fall in love after this, we couldn't agree more as the spectacular Acropolis served as the perfect setting for the romantic scene. However, a lot of negotiation went into receiving the permission to shoot the scene at the historical citadel.
Speaking with Harper Bazaar, Skarsgard revealed that the film crew was initially not permitted to shoot at the historical monument by Greece's Central Archaeological Council. The actor revealed, "They hadn't opened up for a film crew for 70 or 80 years and to be able to shoot up there, just us in an entire night was absolutely extraordinary, and something I'll never forget. It was a lot of negotiation - even that night they had people from the government that oversaw it and that we had to negotiate to get certain shot, and [to make sure] that we got what we needed and portrayed in a respectful way."
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After the Archaeological Council had rejected the crew's plea to shooting at the Acropolis, the 'Big Little Lies' actor mentioned that when the plea went to the top to the Prime Minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras gave the cast and crew the green light to go on, and hence, we have the beautiful scene. Skarsgard, too, believes that it is the hard way and the "months and months of negotiation" that makes the scene so special. He said, "And that was their main concern and why I think it's an extraordinary scene, and I hope they're pleased with it."
Le Carre's slow-burning spy-thriller follows the young aspiring actress Charlie who becomes a matter of interest to the Mossad agents, Marty Kurtz (played by Michael Shannon) and Becker when Marty, who is intolerant about the Arab-Israel conflict, is determined to capture a terrorist. The author, whose book has been adapted second time by BBC- the first being the 2016 drama starring Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie, 'The Night Manager'- had praised the South Korean director Park Chan-wook directed show as, " "slow, evolving and thoughtful story".
Skarsgard too had mentioned, "It's very vibrant and visceral and there's some very intense moments and action-packed moments, but at the core of it there's a lot of depth and we spend a lot of time with these characters and understand what they’re going through and their struggles." The Little Drummer Girl returns on Sunday, November 4 at 9 pm on BBC One.