Article in Norwegian, published by VG.no 26.06.2020
By CATHERINE GONSHOLT IGHANIAN
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FILMSET: Alexander Rybak on the recording with Will Ferrell (th) and Melissanthi Mahut (tv) in England last summer. Photo: CLAIRE FOLGER / NETFLIX
Alexander Rybak filmed with Will Ferrell: – Therapy
When Alexander Rybak, 34, posed on the film set for the Eurovision comedy in London last year, he was still on sleeping pills and had anxiety.
– I like to keep the cards close to my chest, says Rybak to VG.
Now he looks forward to the premiere, because he has not yet seen the result. The movie comedy about the legendary music competition premieres on Netflix on Friday, June 26.
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Just over three weeks have passed since Rybak via Instagram inaugurated fans another secret, namely that for 11 years – ever since the Eurovision success in Moscow in 2009 – he has been addicted to sleeping pills and antidepressants .
During the filming of the Eurovision movie in August last year, the 34-year-old did not do well, even though the two days ended up as an adventure.
– It was like being invited to a ball. We filmed in a large castle, where “Transformers” and “X-men” were also recorded. I was really looking forward to introducing myself to director David Dobkin and saying I’m a big fan. But the recording took place in the evening, and I was still on sleeping pills then, says Rybak.
When he showed up, there was an overwhelming setting with 200 extras present. They were about to start filming when Dobkin, 35, spotted Rybak shouting “stop.”
– I had started to get a lot of anxiety, but then suddenly the director ran past all 200 and gave me the good hug. It was the most wonderful moment I’ve known in a long time. For me, it was therapy to meet that gang.
The film revolves around Icelandic Lars Erickssong (played by Will Ferrell) and Sigrit Ericksdottir (Rachel McAdams), who get the chance to represent their country in Eurovision. Rybak emphasizes that there is no big scene in which he participates.
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