June 17, 2018
In an interview with FLM
magazine in December 2009, Michael spoke with journalist
Andre Johansson. Andre told Michael that his mother
was a major fan and thought his best role was as the farmer Benny Söderström
in "Grabben i graven bredvid" (2002). Such a
lovable character! And obviously, he grabbed the
hearts of many, thus winning the Guldbagge for Best
Andre told Michael that when the
Nyqvist name is mentioned among middle-aged women, they
become completely soft. He said it's because he
represents a modern man type, a blend of classic male
qualities and the sensitivity that exists in several of
the actor's roles. Michael replied, "Micke Blomkvist has
that. He is empathetic."
Before giving his autograph for
Andre's mother, Michael explained it was his dream to
play Willy Wonka one day and do a French film about the
curse of infidelity. Well, he never played Willy Wonka
but he did do a French film about infidelity with
Here's the photo of Michael writing
to Andre's mother:
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Another theatre page has been added
to the Michael Nyqvist Archives. On January 26, 2002
(Dream of Autumn) premiered at the Swedish
Dramatic Theatre followed by 64 performances. The play
was written by Norwegian author and dramatist Jon Fosse
with the original title of "Draum om hausten". Sadly, I
found no photos from the play. Director Stefan Larsson
had previously performed with Michael as a gay couple in
"Angels in America" back in the '90s as seen in the
June 14, 2018
About a month before Michael died,
he posted a photo of himself, which showed his head
covered in some blue goo. He appeared to be having a
sculpture made and this month a photo of the completed
project was posted by self-taught sculptor Sussanne
Snoeck. The bottom half of his face looks more accurate
than the top half.
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I have added a new photo gallery
featuring several photos from
Books & Dreams events
that Michael participated in. His first interview
with Carina Nunstedt was in 2010 when she hosted the
show "Book Your Life". Visit the
youtube link. He was again interviewed by
her when she went on to host "Books & Dreams" in
at this link, and then the last interview
September 27, 2013.
June 10, 2018
On June 30, 2013, Jenny Lindh and
Mark Levengood hosted a program on Sveriges Radio called
"My Bookshelf - At Home with Michael Nyqvist". We
have often read that Michael was enamored with French
novelist Marcel Proust so it comes as no surprise that
"In Search of Lost Time" sat on his bookshelf. Michael
told his hosts, "Sometimes I dream of what I'm reading.
It's like a hug in the dream. With Marcel Proust, it's
as though he's writing to make us dream." The 27-minute
Swedish interview can be accessed
at this link. Here are some of his favorites:
The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
Ulysses by James Joyce
The Rules of the Game by Jonas Karlsson
Soldiers: About Battle, Killing and Death by Harald
Welzer and Sönke Neitzel
Love poems by Francesco Petrarch
Song of Myself & Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
That is definitely a list of some heavy-duty reading.
The photo below shows Michael with hosts Jenny Lindh and
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The photo below comes from a 2010 TV
program hosted by Kajsa Ingemarsson, who interviewed her
guests in a restaurant. In the photo is (L-R) Sigge
Eklund, Kajsa, Kattis Ahlström and Michael. Since both
men had written books about their childhood, much of the
conversation related to that subject as well as the
topic of "uncertainty". The Swedes can't stay away from
June 7, 2018
For those of you in the US,
FORSVINDER (You Disappear) is now available for
streaming via Amazon.com. Though the film received
decent reviews in Scandinavia, Dennis Harvey of Variety
wrote, "There’s an irresistible fascination to the more
peculiar regions of neuroscience and related
dysfunctional behavior. That doesn’t mean every such
disorder is a natural for dramatization, however. It
certainly doesn’t mean the discussion of such disorders
is inherently dramatic. Strenuously failing to convince
otherwise on both counts is 'You Disappear,' an
initially absorbing, increasingly exasperating study of
a family man whose actions grow inexplicable and
indefensible after it’s discovered he has a brain tumor.
To what extent can those actions be defended as direct
results of his condition? It’s an interesting question,
but not as posed over and over in a mix of arid
courtroom testimony and earnestly plodding dramatic
conflict, all of which presumably worked better in
Christian Jungersen’s original novel."
As previously discussed in my April 3rd posting, I
absolutely agree with this review. I anticipated
watching an enjoyable film but, despite the top-notch
performances from its stars, I found the dialogue dry
and the courtroom scenes repetitive and boring. But,
ladies, Michael's sex scene is definitely worth a look!
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Another play has been added to Michael's theatre work.
Å ENA SIDAN (On the One Hand) premiered
at the Royal Dramatic Theatre on April 12, 2001 for 49
performances. It was a comedy and rather unusual
in that the audience was divided into two groups sitting
on either side of the stage. One half of the audience
watched the restaurant scene while the other half
witnessed the kitchen. After the break, the audience
changed places and the same performance was played
once more. Dagens Nyheter called Michael "irresistible".
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These three photos were taken at the start of filming
MIN SÅ KALLADE PAPPA in
June 3, 2018
In 2005 Swedish television stations
SVT, TV3, TV4 and Channel 5 came together to create an
award similar to America's Emmy Award called the
Kristallen (Crystal). The first award ceremony was held
on September 13, 2005 with the TV film "Om stig Petrés
Hemlighet" winning as Best Drama. Michael, who played
the lead, revealed that he received inspiration playing
the panic-distressed CEO from all his years of theater
tours in small Swedish towns. So much anxiety. The
photos below show the celebration that took place that
evening. The man sharing the award with Michael is the
director, Harald Hamrell.
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Imagine Tom Hanks recording a scene
on the streets of Los Angeles without any barricades or
security guards. The filming of the "Millennium Trilogy"
in 2008 actually took place on the streets of Stockholm
without closing off areas. This photo shows Michael, one
of Sweden's greatest actors, acting in front of the
cameras while people walked past ten yards away!
May 30, 2018
Here are a couple photos of Michael
attending the MIPCOM event at Cannes in 2014 doing
publicity for 100 CODE. The first photo shows him
posing with a fan and the second one shows him partying
with his director and co-stars.
Moresco says there was no bromance with the
Swedish investigator, played by Michael. He was not
a fan of anything American, including his partner,
played by Dominic Monaghan. Off camera, it was a
different story though. Moresco told the press, "Michael,
God rest his soul, was the nicest man on the face of
the earth. The two of them were both such great
guys and both so professional that they became
friends very quickly. I directed the first couple
episodes and they kept leaning on the friendship. I
had to keep saying, ‘Guys, you’re not friends. Stop
it.’ Once we got past that, they were able to tap
into some really cool stuff. That’s the only hurdle
we had to get over."
Pop Radar LA describes the series
as having all the ingredients for a respectable
Nordic cop drama - flawed protagonists, a sick
psycho killer who uses the myth of Hades and
Persephone as inspiration, dark and moody lighting,
subtitles and Volvos! They do, however, fault
Monaghan trying a little too hard with his New York
accent and tough cop exterior. I absolutely agree
that the ex-hobbit from "The Lord of the Rings"
trilogy, was seriously miscast. And what kind of
hard-bitten NYC cop would have his hair highlighted
with blonde streaks?
I've added another
with Michael in March 2015. He mentions that "the
worst thing you can do in such a series is that your
character will eventually be annoying and boring."
NOT A CHANCE with Michael!
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I discovered more photos from the
2009 calendar shoot that featured Michael with his
wife so I decided to create a
special calendar gallery
for all calendars he has appeared in.
May 26, 2018
In just three days
100 CODE will premiere on
WGN America. There's a preview at
this twitter link that says, "They'll find the
killer if they don't kill each other first." Great line!
The series tells the story of veteran Swedish police
officer, Mikeal Eklund (Michael Nyqvist), who's forced to partner up with
New York cop Tommy Conley (Dominic Monaghan) to pursue a serial killer in
Stockholm. Conley's very American arrogance and Eklund's
Scandinavian cool are like "oil and water", which
generates as much drama as the unsettling crimes they're
attempting to solve.
May 22, 2018
I'm adding a little more biography today. In 1990,
Michael married Pinita Ingrid Rodriguez, born July 3,
1960, just four months before Michael. On June 29,
1990, their daughter was born - Ellen Clara Josefina.
Their marriage lasted less than four years. Here are some photos of the
family during that time.
Today Pinita Rodriguez Nyvist is a
respected psychologist and psychotherapist, who has
published numerous papers on child and adolescent
therapy education. She lives in Stockholm and has never
remarried but gave birth on October 10, 2000, to a
second daughter named Maya Corinne Sejersen Rodriguez.
No online biography has included where their daughter Ellen
lived during her childhood, but it can be assumed she stayed with her mother and
half-sister. As you can see from the photos, Pinita has a striking resemblance
to Michael's second wife, Catharina Ehrnrooth, whom he married in 1998.
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I came across a more recent photo taken in 2014 to add to the
Gröna Lund photo gallery. Father and daughter are joined by Fredrik
Olsson and Ellen's friend, Amanda Wennö.
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What do you think of this portrait by Håkan Fogelström? I
give it a thumbs up.
May 18, 2018
In 2009 Michael did a favorites list
for RES travel magazine and seven years later, he again
listed his favorite places in the world. Click on this
photo to read his list.
Among the many places Michael mentions is Sweden's Gröna
Lund, an amusement park in Stockholm. It is
relatively small compared to other amusement parks but
it has over 30 attractions and is a popular venue for
concerts in the summer. Opening day each spring is a
special day when celebrities are invited to bring their
children. Check out the
Gröna Lund gallery with photos from 2005 to
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Z magazine featured a section called "Nordic
Hollywood Stars". Journalist Gunnar Rehlin looked
through Sweden's most desirable contact list gathering
24 of the most interesting Nordic film personalities.
Photographer/director David Bicho succeeded in doing a
group photo that certainly mirrored many of Annie
Leibovitz's famous group shots. The stars were asked to
wear clothes by Nordic designers. Among the 24 were
Michael, Izabella Scorupco, Lena Endre, Alicia Vikander
and several of the Skarsgård
May 14, 2018
For the past 30 years, Micael
Bindefeld has been known throughout Sweden as one of
its most high profile – not to mention flamboyant –
public relations executives and event planners. I
created a photo gallery showing several Bindefeld events
that Michael attended.
Bindefeld also hosted a television
cooking show called "Fest hos Bindefeld" in which
he invited guests to his summer cottage in the
archipelago. Among his gardens he shares his best summer
tips as he serves dinner under a white tent with his
co-hosts Pernilla Wahlgren and Sofia Wistam. Michael was
a guest during the summer of 2015 and the episode was
aired on October 22 that year. You can view the program
at this link. He arrives via his boat about
halfway through the show. At one point they all
don a complete bee keeper's suit and helmet and are
taught how to extract the honey from the hives.
When Michael passed away last June,
Bindefeld posted the following - "Devastated to learn
that you passed away!!! I have the most amazing memories
of you and your kindness, your crazy humor and great wit
and how you really cared for your friends. How we loved to hear you gossip about Hollywood. I will
always have a small piece of my heart reserved for the
memories we share!!!"
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I'll let you guess what telefilm this autographed
photo is from.
May 10, 2018
new photo gallery of
Michael and Catharina attending the Stockholm premiere
of the documentary "I am Ingrid" on August 24, 2015.
Here's one of my favorites:
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Both Michael and Mission
Impossible Finnish co-star Samuli Edelmann were
interviewed on Finnish radio's X3M show on
January 17, 2012. Both were on a premiere tour in the
Nordic region. During filming of the blockbuster film,
they were called the "Boys from Scandinavia". Samuli
says he looked up to his colleague who's had more
experience in the big world. And Michael was glad to
have Samuli share some of his music knowledge with him
receiving a record of Finnish hymns. You can watch
Michael's interview by clicking on the photo below.
Here are more photos from that day:
This last photo is from the Stockholm
premiere two days later. Samuli is showing Michael his
autographed pair of boxing gloves from Robert Helenius,
a Finnish-Swedish professional boxer and two-time former
European heavyweight champion. A special gift for
fighting Tom Cruise!
May 6, 2018
The "Press" page now has a
written March 11, 2009 when Michael was in Oslo for the
premiere of the first film of the "Millennium Trilogy".
And then a Dutch
article written in March 2010 when the third
film in the trilogy was released in the Netherlands.
Though Blomkvist's character is described in the book
regarding his morality, integrity, intelligence and
sexual prowess, he is not physically described.
Therefore, Michael had a lot of leeway in shaping his
character, including how he dressed. The screenwriters
did, however, choose to make him less of a stud. In
print, Blomkvist had many lovers but on screen, his main
squeeze is Millennium magazine's editor, Erika Berger,
played by Lena Endre.
Here are some photos from the Oslo
It's interesting that Michael chose
not to socialize with Noomi Rapace during the 18 months
of filming. At the end he said he still did not know her
privately. He said, "We worked together for one and a
half years, but chose not to talk about the scenes in
advance. We did not drink coffee together, did not send
each other SMS. We just met for the scenes in the movie.
It was our technique to hold the tension between the two
When Michael discusses Swedish
storytelling and Scandinavian film noir, he says, "We
have very good actors. We do not show too much emotion.
All are a little depressed in the eyes. A Swedish actor
So true! It actually took me a while
to love Nordic cinema. I remember films like "The Night
Visitor" with Max Von Sydow and "Insomnia" with Stellan
Skarsgård and they
just seemed so dark and humorless though I thoroughly
enjoyed the frightening atmosphere. Now I watch
everything and appreciate the Scandinavian style in film
across all genres. I think they still have a way to go
in comedy but certainly a film like "Kitchen Stories" is
quite a gem. Very quirky humor. I have no problem
reading subtitles but I agree with Michael that, on the
whole, Americans don't like them.
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In this photo it appears that Michael
sees himself as Michael Corleone from "The
Godfather" during the time he flees to Sicily. The
only thing missing in the picture is his two henchmen. I
don't have the details but this was used in a 2006
calendar for the month of July.