December 9, 2017

Keeping his positive spirit alive... A year ago Michael posted this holiday photo of himself. So cool! Did he know it might be his last Christmas? While we miss his presence here on earth, I'm sure he's dancing with the angels this year.

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In the "Books" section, I have added a review of "När barnet lagt sig" by the Vancouver Observer. It reads:

The book is a charming compilation of memories from his childhood and his experiences in theatre school at a young age. He recounts being mesmerized by the magic of theatre after performing a dramatic scene from Crime and Punishment, and getting some positive feedback from highly acclaimed actors.

Nyqvist was only a few years old when his parents told him he was adopted, and that his father was from Italy. Throughout the book, the reader gets to follow his tireless quest to find his biological parents. Nyqvist sends a touching letter to his mother beginning with: "I want to thank you for me being here...". When he finally meets his mother, she refuses to reveal any details about his father and they are not able to connect with each other on a deeper level.

Through meticulous and fearless research, he finally succeeds in finding his father in Florence, Italy, and to his surprise and joy, he is welcomed with open arms into his Latin family.

There is an under layer of sadness throughout the book, and even though he succeeds in finding his roots, the emotional turmoil of finding out he was dropped off at an orphanage as a newborn has left deep emotional scars.

Nyqvist pours his heart into his writing, much like he does with his acting, and the result is a beautifully written book that showcases his gentle, reflective personality. His writing also highlights his determination and willingness to go to great lengths to perform his craft, to find out where he came from and where his place is in the world.

You can view a video interview at this link in which Michael discusses his first book in 2009. Here's a photo of another interview in April 2010 with Sharon Jåma.

In September 2009 Aftonbladet featured an article on the book. Michael wrote about how a child listens to adults speak in another room. Then you hear how they suddenly lower their voices. You understand that what they are talking about will affect your whole life, but you are completely powerless. He understood there were secrets but he didn't know what they were. He compared his lack of knowledge on where he came from like sitting on a train without a seat ticket not knowing where to sit. He says not knowing terrified him.

He admits his book is not fine literature. Asked what he thinks will be the public's reaction, he responds, "I have a favorite writer named Walt Whitman so I'll quote him 'I witness and wait.' (Song of Myself).

 
December 5, 2017

When Michael was in British Columbia filming the fourth installment of "Mission Impossible", he was interviewed by the Vancouver Observer. No need to translate this time! It's a lengthy interview and much more revealing than the ones found on Swedish web sites. The photos below show him arriving at Vancouver Airport on December 2, 2010.

What's endearing about the man is that he easily confesses his love for his wife and family and expresses a deep humility despite his stardom.

"I love spending time with my wife, and she is my best friend. She is the one I tell everything to: my thoughts and ideas, everything that goes through my mind. I am still amazed every morning when I wake up and find her beside me. She is so perfect and I sometimes wonder what she sees in me."

 
December 2, 2017

A new addition to the MNA is an interview from the May 13, 2013 issue of Vision Hoglandet at this link. Michael tends to be rather philosophical in interviews and this one is no different. Having just published his second book, he focuses on how self-doubt has plagued him since his childhood and how fame is very much two-sided.

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In 2011 Michael made the cover of the June issue of Scan magazine, an English-language showcase for Scandinavian countries. You can read the article by clicking on the third set of images below. Journalist Signe Hansen writes, ""Dressed unassumingly in a dark suit jacket and blue jeans, it is the actor's charisma and renowned, intense gaze that catch your attention." I'm sure of that! At the end of the article, Michael makes this remark - "I would love to stand on a stage when I am 102 years old playing a ghost - maybe Hamlet's father." And Ms. Hansen adds, "Well, in case he is still standing at 102, we would not mind a couple of the front row seats - he is sure to make an unusually intense ghost."

 
 
 
November 29, 2017


This photo was featured in the January 2012 issue of L'uomo Vogue along with this short article:

He gained world-wide reputation thanks to the success of the Swedish filmmaking of Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy, in which he played the stubborn detective journalist. In the new American version, his character is played by Daniel Craig. But most cinephiles remember him for his role as the violent father in Lukas Moodysson's Together. Michael Nyqvist, Swedish with Italian origins, will now be Tom Cruise's antagonist in the new Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. "Bad roles are more fun," he jokes, "and then, if you are a European actor in Hollywood, they ask you to interpret those. In John Singleton's Abduction, for example, I play a super-villain."

In the thriller Disconnect, however, he is suspected of stealing the identity of protagonist Alexander Skarsgård, another Swedish actor who is breaking through. "We have good actors in Sweden," Nyqvist says, "And excellent schools and a long tradition of theater and cinema. For us to become an actor, you must have followed a four-year course. And then when winter comes, it's so cold here that there is nothing else to do except to tell stories; otherwise, you'll go crazy. " In addition to his roles for cinema and the Royal Theater of Dramatic Art in Stockholm, Nyqvist's projects include a directorial debut based on his own screenplay.

This interview took place at the Gramercy Park Hotel in NYC. Michael is wearing a Prada shirt and a Longines watch.

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The movie that never was! In May 2015 entertainment media announced that Michael and Famke Janssen would star in the independent thriller "Every Good Boy Does Fine". Finnish filmmaker AJ Annila was expected to make his English-language feature-film debut on this project with filming to begin that summer.

Written by Jonathan Dees, the story was about a young boy named Brian, who was verging on adolescence, a little angry, and quite possibly a piano prodigy. But he hates practicing and playing, that is, until he meets music professor, Mr. Anderson. Elegant, sophisticated, brilliant, Mr. Anderson fixates on Brian and recognizes the untapped potential in the boy. He becomes Brian’s mentor and the father figure he needs. If only Brian didn’t increasingly suspect that Mr. Anderson is the serial killer that has been targeting musicians. A classic cat-and-mouse story, the story is about artistic perfection, unrealized dreams, and the terror that can sometimes come with finding one’s voice.

"We’ve been working hard on this project for several years and are thrilled to bring it to life," said producer Jana Edelbaum. "Every Good Boy Does Fine is an original, sophisticated script full of suspense which is the perfect fit for helmer AJ Annila who has a unique visual style and loves to experiment with different genres. The producers have assembled a talented cast with Michael Nyqvist and Famke Janssen who both have appeared in successful studio franchises and bring commercial appeal to the project."

It's disappointing that the film was never made. I think Michael would have made a cunning Mr. Anderson!

 
November 26, 2017

Here are some photos of Michael and his wife at the Polar Music Prize Awards at the Stockholm Concert Hall in 2011 and 2013. The award was created in 1991 by the late Stig Anderson, the musical entrepreneur and company manager behind ABBA.

- August 30, 2011-

- August 27, 2013 -

You can watch a brief interview with Michael at this youtube link when punk poet laureate Patti Smith was honored in 2013. It was noted that Michael was wearing Stephen F that evening. Did you know the fashion designer outfitted our man in the role of Viggo Tarasov for the film "John Wick"? The photo below shows Stephen and Michael on location in New York. It looks like he still has a black eye from that accident with the stunt man.

The next two photos show Michael wearing a Stephen F blazer on the Swedish talk show Hellenius Hörna in November 2013. Of course, the guy is handsome in whatever he wears.

 
November 22, 2017

Is everyone aware that over the years Michael has narrated the following four audiobooks?

2004: I morgon du by Lars Weiss

2009: När barnet lagt sig - autobiography

2010: Den vita lejoninnan by Henning Mankell

2013: Dansa för oss - autobiography

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I have added another interview that was conducted by Susanne Bark in September 2014. I have finally discovered what his tattoo drawing means. Michael explains, "The old man is my son's first drawing."

 
November 18, 2017

"When you breathe in the same room and in the same second as the whole audience, you feel like an ambassador on stage. This is the strongest drug... You never have that in front of the camera."   ...Michael Nyqvist

I've added another interview to the Press Page. It was done in Munich in March 2015 by Katja Kraft when Michael was doing some promotion for the TV series "100 Code". Check it out.

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Next year "Hunter Killer" will be released. The American action thriller was directed by Donovan Marsh and is based on the 2012 novel "Firing Point" by Don Keith and George Wallace. The film stars Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman, Billy Bob Thornton, Willem Dafoe and Michael, who plays Captain Sergi Andropoyov, commander of a Russian submarine. This is a photo Michael took on location of his uniform in his  trailer. It makes me sad.

Butler made news last month when he reluctantly had to shave his beard for the first time in almost a year in order to complete additional scenes for the film.

 
November 15, 2017

In the fall of 2012, Niklas Palmklint began to film and photograph people along with their favorite word. Young and old, famous and less famous. Ordet är fritt (the word is free) was a humanistic project and an artistic initiative to promote the desire to read and write. There were a couple exhibitions but ultimately a book of over 200 photos was published. The remaining proceeds were donated to BRIS (Children's Rights in Society). Michael chose "morning dew". It's actually close to what I would have chosen - "birdsong". You can view a short video of him at youtube.com.

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In an interview with Nikolaj Lie Kaas, who stars in "You Disappear" (Du forsvinder), he was asked about his experience working with Michael. He  replied:

"I worked with him when I did my first movie. It was a short I did for a friend of mine in film school. It must have been 1998. I worked with Michael and we just clicked. I couldn’t stop laughing. He was hilarious. When we met again, it was the same. There’s a picture someone took from a court scene in You Disappear where in between takes he was making me laugh. It’s a perfect image of what it was like to work with him. He was very giving. He was very caring. We hung out a lot when we worked together. I was devastated [by his death]. It was the first time apart from my parents, that I was so heartbroken when someone close to me died."

There is a newer trailer at youtube.com that features more scenes with Michael.

 
November 12, 2017

Peter Birro, a critically acclaimed scriptwriter of contemporary Swedish cinema and TV teamed up in 2002 with director Ulf Malmros in creating a kids movie for all ages. Malmros, using colors as well as playing with the supernatural, has previously made films with children or teenagers in focus, always avoiding the sentimental smear of Hollywood productions. In "BÄST I SVERIGE" [English version - We Can Be Heroes!], the duo tells the tale of ten-year-old Marcello who dreams he can excel at something. Michael plays his quirky Italian dad Giuseppe. Just as Michael in real life had an Italian father and Swedish mother, Marcello's mother is also Swedish. It's an extraordinary film in all its simplicity with delightful imagination. Jan-Olov Andersson of Aftonbladet wrote, "Few Swedish family films are made with such humor, warmth and charm."

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Meet Charlie Nyqvist! Family life was very important to Michael and it included his beloved black Cocker Spaniel named Charlie, born on May 27, 2008, according to his passport.
 

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Sweden's RES travel magazine ran a feature on Michael in 2009 called "Best in the World". Michael was asked to give his holiday favorites:

City: Valparaiso in Chile - dirty, dangerous and sexy!

Holiday: Maitencillo north of Santiago, at Vina del Mar. We lived in a Tarzanhydda built of driftwood and grilled seafood, drank Chilean wines and saw sea lions and penguins all day long.

Beach: Mandrem Beach in India. There can be anything dive, a dolphin or a wild hippie. But most of you are alone on the beach. As I jogged in the morning, an Indian sat and waved at me.

Island: Corsica. Napoleon comes from there and they speak French so you get what they say.

Cafe: Ingrid Bergman's favorite Antico Caffé Greco in Rome. I love their incisions served on a silly dish.

Hotel: Hotel Ritz in Uddevalla. Have you survived one night there, you know that you can manage the most. It's like entering the hell. You are sleeping in a cell that smells of old nicotine. For breakfast, you can enjoy cornflakes or crusts.

Nightclub: Artists Association in Moscow. Actor and singer in a single mess. A whole house of high promille and full of people singing and crying.

Airline: Air France. Everyone is friendly.

Airport: Lake Placid in Canada. At the airport there are stuffed cleaners and woolen sweaters to buy. So Nordic. You feel at home, but away.

Spa: Ystad Saltsjöbad - lonely and luxurious.

Promenades: Hampsted Heath - so English. Here, London has been filmed for forty films. My favorite Michelangelo Antonionis Blow-up was recorded here.

Store: A specialized shop on straight brushes in the Jewish quarter of Paris. They have made straight brushes since the sixteenth century.

Museum: The Uffizians in Florence, all masters are there. Leonardo da Vinci and the boys. In addition, two films have been recorded there - Hannibal and Details.

Restaurant: Mariefreds steam boat. Fantastic steak. The stream carriage at Slussen is also good - because it's so good though you're in the middle of stressed Stockholm.

November 8, 2017

In 2014 Schnayderman’s Shirtmakers and The Non-Violence Project presented Shirts for Peace – an initiative to promote positive social change and non-violence for children around the world. The knotted gun logo was originally created as a memorial tribute to John Lennon, and since then it has become one of the world’s most recognized symbols for non-violence and peace. Here is Michael wearing one of their shirts. For his donation, he chose a school in Mexico.

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More good news for US fans. TV series 100 CODE will premiere in 2018 on WGN America! Check your local cable company for the channel. I added the two photos below to the TV page. In the series, Michael's wife has died of cancer but they needed family photos for pictures frames in their home so they made up these photos showing the Eklund family. The actress in the center is Felice Jankell who plays Michael's daughter Hanna.
 

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Today would have been Michael's 57th birthday. At the same time that we continue to mourn the loss of this gentle soul, we celebrate his life and legacy.

 
November 5, 2017

The following dedication was written for the Stockholm Film Festival, which will honor Michael's memory on November 12, 2017.

 

Born in 1960 in Stockholm, Michael Nyqvist has proved himself to be one of the most important Swedish actors of his generation. Equally adept at plunging the lower depths of the human soul as delivering heartfelt portrayals of sweet-natured characters, he has moved between on the one hand his work as part of the ensemble at the Royal Dramatic Theatre and, on the other, the countless roles he made for film and television. He is also the author of two autobiographical novels.

As a consequence of his versatility as an actor, Michael had the ability to reach out to people of the most diverse backgrounds. While critically lauded for his theatrical work with Lars Norén and dramatic roles in films such as Together and A Serious Game, he was also an actor that touched the hearts of the large audience like few others. With the performances in The Guy in the Grave Next Door and As It is In Heaven, he portrayed the ordinary man of the countryside with a sense of both authenticity that resonated with people from all over Sweden.

With his iconic portrayal of Michael Blomkvist in the Swedish adaptations of Stieg Larsson’s best-selling Millennium trilogy, he attracted serious attention from international film producers. This propelled his career toward roles in increasingly bigger productions, and no one knows where he could have ended up had his career not ended so abruptly. Yet, even with only a handful of international titles, he managed to make a lasting impression.

Interestingly enough, Michael made two films dealing with the history of Chile. Starring alongside Emma Watson and Daniel Brühl, he skillfully captured the chilling callousness of Paul Schafer and his rightwing, pseudo-religious cult during the years of the Pinochet regime in Colonia. A contrast was his heartfelt and gripping portrayal of Harald Edelstam in The Black Pimpernel, where he celebrated the Swedish ambassador and human rights activist who protected hundreds of oppositional Chileans during Pinochet’s coup.

Despite these forays to the international world of film, however, Michael was first and foremost an influential voice and presence in Swedish film, television and theatre. His memorable performance as Markel in A Serious Game, Pernilla August’s adaptation of Hjalmar Söderberg’s classic novel, was one of his last. It earned him a Guldbagge Award and provided a fitting, albeit much too early, legacy of his considerable acting talents. In a handful of scenes, he manages to perfectly nail the world-weary yet humanistic outlook of the editor-in-chief who has met countless disappointments but holds on to his belief in the power of journalism.

Even though the career of Michael Nyqvist came to a premature end, we have yet to see his very last performances. Starring in several forthcoming films, including Radegund by the legendary director Terrence Malick, there are still a few more titles to be added to his long list of achievements, no doubt enhancing his growing legacy as one of the greatest Swedish actors of his generation.

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On November 3, Variety reported the following:

Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights to Peter Schonau Fog’s "You Disappear" (Du forsvinder), the Danish candidate for the foreign-language Oscar race. Gravitas plans on releasing the film in Spring 2018. The film will be screening for Academy members in L.A. throughout November and December.

 
November 3, 2017

I've added a new gallery called "A Passion for Fashion" which highlights some of Michael's appearances at various fashion events. Perhaps there are some photos you've never seen.

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Two years ago, the city of Turku, Finland decided to promote the city's tourism with a campaign called "Kiss my Turku". Over 100 people participated, including several celebrities - such as Michael Nyqvist. Two of his films had been shot there - "Mother of Mine" and "The Girl King". The first photo shows the poster at Turku Airport.

The first two photos below show Michael in his dressing room at Turku Castle with a better view of his tattoo. The third photo he posted himself with the explanation that in Italian it says - "illumina d'immenso", which translates to "it enlightens me immensely." It's anybody's guess exactly what the cartoonish figure is.

Speaking of "The Girl King", I have a couple new photos of Michael in his role as the Chancellor.

 
 
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