Vikings Hvitserk star left ‘crying for 14 hours straight’ filming ‘hardest’ scene
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After a brutal end to the historical series, the Vikings cast unveiled fascinating revelations about their time on set. In a recent interview, actor Marco Ilso, who played Hvitserk Ragnarsson, disclosed which scene was the most challenging for him to film.
Throughout the series, it was made clear Hvitserk was the quietest of his four brothers.
Although Ivar Ragnarsson (Alex Høgh Andersen) was the most impulsive and violent of the siblings, Hvitserk instead would be quick to jump into battle.
As a member of the Lobthrok family, he was the second son of Aslaug, who was his mother (Alyssa Sutherland) and Ragnar Lothrbrok’s (Travis Fimmel), his father.
Although he was born into royalty, and fame with Ragnar as his father, Hvitserk hated his parents and often publicly bashed them.
This was seen after Asluag succumbed to her death at the hands of Lagether (Katheryn Winnick). Hvitserk claimed he didn’t care when he heard the news of his mother’s death.
His hatred for Ragnar was sparked after his father disappeared for over 10 years, leaving him to become a strong and skilled warrior on his own.
This led him to threaten Ragnar and state that he would kill his father if he attempted to come back and rejoin the family.
Despite this, in season six Hvitserk confessed that he would often take a walk at the location of Aslaug’s murder to remember her.
Season six also saw the warrior’s tragic downfall, where he felt lost without a sense of purpose.
Actor Marco Ilso recently spoke at German ComicCon at Home and revealed filming these scenes was challenging.
During a segment of fan questions, he was asked which scene was the hardest to play and responded: “All the scenes where I’m drugged out or doing a PTSD things, because that took so much out of you to do, you’re crying all day, you’re crying for maybe 14-hours straight.”
Hvitserk had been battling some mental health issues and began going down a downward spiral in season five.
However, by season six things had gotten worse after his lover Thora (Eve Conolly) was killed on his brother Ivar’s orders.
As his sibling, Hvitserk also battled with letting the loyalty he had for Ivar go, as he had become evil and power-hungry.
This led the warrior to abuse drugs as a coping mechanism for his trauma and he eventually became a hollow shell of the person he once was.
Viewers found it shocking to see one of King Ragnar’s sons in such a depressive state as he was expected to be a brave and fearless warrior, like his father.
He was eventually exiled from the kingdom of Kattegat for killing Lagertha in a drug-induced hallucination.
Having never achieved an equal amount of greatness as his father and brothers, Hvitserk left his Viking life behind and decided to convert to Christianity, by the end of season six.
After he was baptised by King Alfred the Great, Hvitserk was given the new name, Athelstan which was a tribute to his father’s friend who died in season three.
With the reign of Ragnar’s sons in Kattegat officially over, Hvitserk had nothing to return for and was the last remaining son.
Vikings seasons 1-6 are available to stream on History.
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