Alexander Skarsgard found preparing for The Legend of Tarzan 'robotic'

Alexander Skarsgard found preparing for 'The Legend of Tarzan' "robotic" because of the gruelling workouts and restrictions he had to undergo for nine months

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Alexander Skarsgard

Alexander Skarsgard

Alexander Skarsgard found preparing for 'The Legend of Tarzan' "robotic".

The 40-year-old actor - who was cast as the lead role in the recent drama film - has admitted he found the strict routine he had to follow prior to shooting scenes for the blockbuster, which saw him workout solidly and not let a "sip" of alcohol pass his lips for nine months, very rigid, although he has revealed it was an "incredible experience".

Speaking about the months leading up to filming, he said: "I work mostly in independent movies so the scope of Tarzan was definitely different.

"I didn't feel pressured [by the box office demands] though. It wasn't like: 'Oh f**k, this is a big movie.' It was an incredible experience, but it was also nine months of just gym, work and bed. I didn't have a sip of alcohol. It was robotic."

Meanwhile, the star - who is the son of Stellan Skarsgard who played Orlando Bloom's on-screen father Bootstrap Bill Turner in 'Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest' - has revealed his father was more in tune with his tree-swinging barely clothed role as Tarzan because he used to swan around the house in the nude.

Speaking about his parent's unusual dress sense, which puzzled him as a child, he said: "He was a weird Bergman actor. A 12-year-old kid doesn't give a f**k about that.

"He'd be walking around naked or wearing weird Moroccan robes. As a teenager you're just like: 'Come on, dad!'"

However, the blonde-haired hunk has come to realise there is an inner "beast" inside of everyone.

He told The Guardian newspaper: "As with Tarzan, there's dichotomy in the character between being a civilised man and a beast. That's something we can all relate to. We live in a civilised society, but 12 hours ago we were beasts dancing to Abba."

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