Earl Ragnar’s elderly father Ravn is a ‘skald’ – a Viking poet and wise man.
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With his considerable life experience he is philosophical about the struggles of the Danes, and is able to impart his wisdom on young Uhtred, who often acts as the eyes of blind Ravn.
Rutger Hauer has worked with filmmakers including Ridley Scott, Christopher Nolan, Phil Noyce, Lina Wertmüller, Ermanno Olmi, Robert Rodriguez, Dutch director Paul Verhoeven and has appeared in George Clooney’s Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. Rutger played a crucial role for Season six of True Blood for HBO and recently returned for the upcoming season.
In the last few years he has been involved in a number of international productions including True Blood, Flight of the Storks, Drawing Home, The Letters, Michelangelo – le passioni dominant, Real Playing Time, Il Futuro and Agent Rangid rettet die Welt. His other recent films include Portable Life, Black Butterflies the Sundance Film Festival hit Hobo With a Shotgun, The Rite (also starring Sir Anthony Hopkins) for Warner Brothers, as well as with his latest production Il Villaggio di Cartone (The Cardboard Village).
In the summer of 2011 Rutger starred in Dracula 3D with acclaimed international director Dario Argento. In the last decade, Hauer has been involved in major Hollywood productions, such as Warner Bros. Batman Begins (directed by Christopher Nolan, with Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Liam Neeson), the TV mini-‐series The Poseidon Adventure and Sin City the all‐star cast film directed by Robert Rodriguez together with Frank Miller, who wrote and illustrated the graphic novel series on which the movie was based.
In 2007, Rutger authored his long-awaited autobiography entitled All Those Moments: Stories of Heroes, Villains, Replicants and Blade Runners with all proceeds going to charity initiatives.