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Date: March 16, 2015
For Michael Nyqvist, star of the "Millenium"
film series and well-booked cinema villain recently in
"John Wick", the lavish Sky co-production "100 Code "
was only the second major series order. "What attracted
me was the complexity of my role," says Nyqvist in the
kress.de interview. That binge viewing fans are likely
to consume the twelve exciting episodes in a frenzy
irritates him a bit. He says, "If people let me into
their bedroom at night, that's their problem."
In the series he plays a somewhat run-down Swedish
criminal investigator, who actually wants to quit the
service, but then gets involved in a serial killer hunt.
The depths of the role of a very ambiguous man who
struggles with his own demons attracts Nyqvist. "You can
tell everything in a movie," he says.
However, the Sky series offers him much longer breath
for the development of his figure. "With a series, you
do not have to be so effective and purposeful," says
Nyqvist. "You can allow yourself empty action loops and
The fact that he was able to work on his serial
investigator Mikael Eklund again and again over the
shooting of the twelve-episode season over a longer
period was quite new to the actor. "The worst thing you
can do in such a series is that your character will
eventually be annoying and boring," says Nyqvist. "At
'100 Code', I was always curious to go back to the set."
In addition, the production - which includes Sky
Deutschland Fabrik Entertainment and the ProSiebenSat.1
subsidiary Red Arrow International - brought with it a
sense of genuine team spirit. "You're more into
something like a theater ensemble," says Nyqvist, who is
still on stage regularly in Stockholm. "I simply had
much more time to interact with my colleagues and
develop our roles together."
The core conflict of the series is - apart from the very
fierce and gloomy staged hunt for a murderer of women -
the not entirely voluntary cooperation of the Swede with
a US-American colleague, which is played by the former
"Lost" actor Dominic Monaghan. The result is a true
"Culture Clash", according to Nyqvist. "One might think
that American and European culture have become more and
more similar," he says. "They are not," said the Swede.
His serial colleague eats - at least fictionally - with
his hands. The character differences - even when
determining - are blatant. "It's going very well," says
Nyqvist. "And I'm happy to be on the European side."
That once again a new series from the supposedly "Golden
Age of Television" comes along so darkly - from a
distance one must think of "True Detective", but also of
many Scandinavian productions of the "Kommissarin Lund"
class -, has with the mental differences, says Nyqvist.
"We Swedes do not ask so much what happened, but why did
Because of the mirror image basic constellation - US
Cop, Sweden Commissioner - would be a continuation after
the first twelve episodes downright offer. Michael
Nyqvist is, however, taciturn to the industry. Just
this: "There is an open window," he says. "We could
follow the criminal investigations into other
countries." That he would like that himself, he does not
have to deny.
The series was developed by Bobby Moresco ("Crash",
"Million Dollar Baby"), who also directs.