Meet the 'Mamma Mia!' Men and Bride-to-be

Her romantic duet, "Take a Chance on Me", with Stellan Skarsgard: "We never stood still while shooting that song. It was everywhere, on a table, the roof, in water. It took five days."

Favorite ABBA song: A tossup between "Voulez-Vous" and "Slipping Through My Fingers".

Next: Working on her memoir, due in October.

Stellan Skarsgard

How you know him: Best known as barnacled Bootstrap Bill in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series.

His "Mamma" role: Bill, a Swedish adventurer. "He travels the world and survives by writing about what he is doing. He is definitely a man with an enormous appetite for life, women, drink and fun."

Previous music experience. None. "I was supposed to have a singing part in "Dancer in the Dark", but I only had one day in a little role."

Why he signed on for a musical: "It was so far from anything I had done before, that I had to do it. Normally I am a very measured actor. I knew I had to let go in a different way. Once we were done with most of the singing and dancing in London and came to Greece, it was almost like a vacation. The girls were carrying it. We were the bimbos."

On why he flashed his behind: "We decided I should be cooking on the boat. I thought I should have an apron on. The director (Phyllida Lloyd) did not know I would be naked under there and have those butt tattoos. So when the camera rolled, I turned around right in front of it. The cameraman jumped and screamed, while Phyllida keeled over laughing."

About those costumes: "It was very clever of the women behind this production that they take maybe the No. 1 action hero in the world, the No. 1 heaving-bosom hero and an independent weird film hero and put them in high heels."

Favorite ABBA song: "It varies. I've liked for a while "Lay All Your Love on Me". There's something funky-weird about it."

Next: Shooting "Angels & Demons" with "Mamma Mia!" executive producer Tom Hanks. Also, "I did a comedy with Amanda called "Boogie Woogie", about the art scene in London. She is my mistress, so I hope she wasn't my daughter in this."

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