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The actors, IRL friends, boarded a Greenpeace boat and went to the Arctic to make a Funny Or Die series.
Actors Jack McBrayer (30 Rock) and Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood)
are unlikely pals, as evidenced by their recent nine-day journey to the
Arctic on a Greenpeace boat. The two—who are IRL friends—partnered with
Funny Or Die to shoot a comedy series that follows their travels through
one of the coldest places on Eartth. The idea is to highlight the
pressing climate change issue and build support for Greenpeace’s “Save
the Arctic” campaign, which aims to create a wildlife sanctuary in
international waters around the North Pole and end to oil drilling in
the Arctic Ocean. In the series, which premieres today, McBrayer and
Skarsgard may be at odds with one another. But in conversation, the two
come across like best pals.
Esquire: Were you guys friends before making this?
Jack McBrayer: Nope. Still aren’t.
Alexander Skarsgard: Well, we were before, but not so much
anymore. We were incredibly close until we spent nine days together on a
boat in bunk beds.
JM: He saw the worst of Jack McBrayer. He saw Jack McBrayer’s insides.
AS: I saw the inside of Jack McBrayer. And I got to smell the inside of Jack McBrayer.
How was this project pitched to you?
JM: I knew some people over at Funny Or Die and when they were
talking about this project with Greenpeace one of my friends over there
was like “You know what? Jack McBrayer hates the cold. Let’s send Jack
to the North Pole!” I knew I could only do this if I had a buddy with
me, and it turns out that Alex was interested. I figured he was so busy,
but as soon as I sent the email I got back “YES!” And I was like “Oh
no, what have I done?”
What made you say yes to Jack so quickly?
AS: Well, I’ve been a member of Greenpeace since I was a
teenager. It was such an amazing opportunity to go up there and learn
more about the campaign. And Jack and I are friends from Los Angeles and
I’ve been trying to get him to come visit me in Sweden or travel. He’s
very happy at his pool in Los Angeles and I was very happy when he said
“I’ll consider traveling and going on a little adventure.”
JM: That is true. Alex is inherently adventurous. He’s been to
the South Pole. This was just another trophy on his shelf. And it’s
just not in my DNA. I just don’t have wanderlust.
Why does a comedy video series make sense for a serious subject like global warming?
JM: A lot of times we associate Greenpeace and climate change
and shrinking polar caps with heavy-handed, weighty material. It’s
somber stuff. But with Funny Or Die we thought we could put an
interesting take on it. Make it a little more palatable, especially for
young people who tune into the website.
AS: That was beautifully put, Jack.
JM: Thank you. I love you.
Alex, as someone who has traveled a lot what did you find compelling about this particular trip?
AS: I was really blown away by the crew members. It was such
an amazing experience to be able to spend nine days on a boat with these
Greenpeace people. Some of them were scientists and some were crew
members working on the ship. Just to hear their stories, like what drew
them to Greenpeace in the first place and what they’ve been through.
Every single second of the day they work to save the planet, which makes
me as an actor feel quite insignificant.
JM: And meanwhile here we are like “Hey, we’re going to do
some funny videos on an ice floe so if y'all could stop the boat for a
few hours we’d appreciate that.”
Will you continue working with Greenpeace?
JM: If they have me back. I left a great deal of vomit on their boat so our relationship may be over.
AS: But it was all organic.
JM: Yeah, it helped the Arctic.
Sources: Article: Emily Zemler for Esquire.com via Equire (x) twitter, Photos: Originals: Christian Aslund/Greenpeace via FunnyOrDie.com (x) & Esquire.com (x)
Nov 18 15 2:12 PM
Alexander Skarsgård & Jack McBrayer in Funny or Die’s “Jack & Alex Set Sail” (Part 1) #SavetheArctic- see all three videos here
Nov 18 15 8:24 PM
Alex and Jack McBrayer on location in Scoresby Sund, the east coast of Greenland, filming scenes for their Funny or Die comedy, Jack & Alex Save the Arctic (September 2015).
🌈 Sign the petition to Save the Arctic HERE.
Image credits: Our edits, Originals: Greenpeace.org via ASkarsLibrary, Photo credit: Christian Åslund / Greenpeace
Nov 18 15 8:37 PM
I’m the captain now. [X]
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“Jack and Alex Save The Arctic“
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Nov 24 15 8:16 PM
Jack & Alex Save the Arctic – [Jack McBrayer & Alexander Skarsgård] the Funny or Die videos are now on YouTube. [Watch the playlist here.]
Jack McBrayer and Alexander Skarsgard - the unlikeliest of best friends -
embark on the adventure of a lifetime in the Arctic Circle! As they set
sail into uncharted waters with Greenpeace to study the effects of
climate change, their friendship almost hits the rocks as they’re
threatened by turbulent seas, melting glaciers, and - worst of all - the
revelation of Alex’s secret reason for dragging Jack up to the icy
Christian Åslund for Greenpeace (thanks Lady for the giant photos). My collage.
Nov 27 15 1:02 PM
Greenpeace Sverige posted a behind-the-scenes video of Alexander Skarsgård & Jack McBrayer talking about their Funny or Die videos, “Jack & Alex Save the Arctic”
Watch the behind-the-scenes video HERE.
Watch the full series:https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list…
My screen caps.
Alex: “We basically save…THE WORLD.”Jack: “comedy style” *jazz hands*
Published on Nov 27, 2015
Jack McBrayer and Alexander Skarsgard -
the unlikeliest of best friends - embark on the adventure of a lifetime
in the Arctic Circle! As they set sail into uncharted waters with
Greenpeace to study the effects of climate change, their friendship
almost hits the rocks as they’re threatened by turbulent seas, melting
glaciers, and - worst of all - the revelation of Alex’s secret reason
for dragging Jack up to the icy North.
The real hero here, of
course, is the Arctic - it acts as a global air conditioner, reflecting
the sun’s rays and keeping us all cool. But climate change is
threatening the delicate balance of this crucial ecosystem.
Make your voice count - together with Jack, Alex and over 7.5 million people worldwide - at http://www.savethearctic.org
Dec 27 15 3:00 PM
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