October 22, 2017
I've added a new gallery called "Cannes
2013". Michael had just finished shooting "Min så kallade pappa
So-Called Father) and was asked to meet buyers during
the Cannes Film Festival. He was interviewed by Variety
Studio at Chivas House on May 19, 2013 and was
photographed. Variety did keep that interview online but
has since taken it down, but you can access a Cannes
at this link (in Swedish).
Michael's widow Catharina has seemingly become friends
with actress Vera Vitali since the actress co-starred in the "Pappa"
film. Vera attended Michael's funeral and when she came
to New York earlier this month for the NYFF at Lincoln
Center, Catharina joined her. Vera's father Leon, also
an actor, is the subject of a documentary called "Filmworker",
which was screened at the festival. Vera can be seen in
the film as well as Pernilla August and Stellan
Skarsgård. Sounds very interesting. Leon evidently surrendered his
thriving career to become Stanley Kubrick’s loyal
right-hand man, almost as an obsession. And he's the one
who came up with the "Arbus twins" idea for "The
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Here are two more photos from the promotional photo shoot for
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And a couple more photos taken on
February 20, 2009 in regard to publicity for the
October 20, 2017
Michael has been in three films with
actor Gustaf Skarsgård -
Arn, Detaljer and
ISKARIOT. Gustaf plays a drug addict and in
2008, he himself was addicted to drugs and booze though
he pretended to research the subject. Since then, he has
come clean. Wonderful!
Michael plays a mafia boss called
Masen who heads the drug ring. He said he received
inspiration from several directions. He told the press, "I was thinking
about Svartenbrandt. I remember an interview where he
sounded really nice but talked about such nasty things
completely unrelated, just like a psychopath." For those
unfamiliar with Svartenbrandt, he was described once as
the most dangerous man in Sweden, having spent almost 40
years combined in prison for several robberies, violent
crimes and prison escapes.
Michael admitted, "The hard thing about doing
this kind of role and running around with play guns is
that it can easily look a little ridiculous." He decided
to play the villain as a
sympathetic person with a strong but dangerous ethic. He
adds, "This was my own idea. He is mean but he has a moral codex. What
drives him is really justice. He is very ethical in the
same way that Hitler was. He is a mix of Bert Karlsson
It's interesting to note that when
the film was sold to Germany, the title was changed to
"Millennium Brüder". Since
the "Millenium Triology" was about to be launched, the
distributors thought the film would be marketed better
with the word "Millennium" slapped on the DVD cover with
Michael's face rather than the titling brothers who are
the leads in the film. However, they gave him this
rather strange blue eye that makes him look like an
alien. Not recognizable as Michael Nyqvist!
There's a little story about this
next photo. The press was having a standard interview
with photos in a hotel room for the film's premiere.
According to the photographer, the actors were tired of
the reporters' repetitive questions and he was looking
for a good shot. He was seated on the floor in front of
a sofa with Gustaf, Michael, Helena Af Sandeberg and
Jacob Ericsson when Michael slips backward on the couch
with his feet on the table giving this fat kick straight
into the camera, which immediately flashes. The
photographer felt he had gotten an illustration of a
gangster at home.
October 16, 2017
I've added a new photo gallery
featuring photos from a fashion shoot Michael did for
Esquire magazine in their
2012 spring/summer issue.
October 14, 2017
Scandinavia has long been known for
its crime novels and one of the most successful of the
Nordic authors was Henning Mankell with his series of
detective Wallander books. During the 1990s several movies were
made based on these books starring Rolf Lassgard. Then the
decision was made that some of the stories would be
adapted as a television series with Krister Henriksson
as the new WALLANDER. The first series consisted
of 13 episodes and were shot between 2005 and 2006 with
the setting in Ystad, Skåne near the southern tip of
Sweden. Michael played the
villainous Lothar in Episode 6 called MASTERMIND.
Of the first 13 stories, "Mastermind" was one of the
three that premiered in cinemas with the rest released
as direct-to-DVD movies or shown on television.
The episode is available online with
English subtitles at several web sites. I was able to
view it on Hulu and get some screen shots of Michael
since the producers are reluctant to reveal photos of
the "mastermind criminal" in their trailer and movie
October 11, 2017
About 12 years ago, Michael had a
minor role in two films that were part of a Norwegian TV
drama series for children. Both films were directed by
Thomas Kaiser with a script written by Arthur Johansen.
The first was called VEDDEMÅLET
(The Bet) and was released on December 4, 2004. The
second was called
SKATTEJAKTEN (The Treasure Hunt) and premiered
on September 24, 2005. Michael played one of the
fathers, Ake Sterner. Sadly, there are no photos of
Michael from these films. If anyone comes across one,
please forward a copy to the Archives. Tack!
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Every so often I come upon some
nice photos via Twitter posted by people who have
worked with Michael in some capacity. These were
taken behind the scenes on the set of "Code 100".
October 8, 2017
This web site continues to grow! Such
a satisfying project to create this online history
of his work, which will keep his memory alive and honor
his contribution to the arts.
OM STIG PETRÉS HEMLIGHET (About Stig Petré's
Secret) was a Swedish TV series broadcast on SVT in
three parts beginning December 5, 2004. The series was
filmed in Gnesta, which also became the film location
for "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" four years later.
Here are some new photos of Mikael Blomkvist:
In the 2004 TV series, Michael plays
the title role of Stig, who's told he needs to seek some
therapy when he starts to unravel as the CEO of a
company he inherited from his father. The group sessions
are a vehicle for much humor in the series. Michael
said, " I got the script in my hand and could not stop
reading it." He felt it was a nice blend of humor and
tragedy. In fact, he thought it was the funniest script
he had read in a long time and was glad to join the
When the series premiered, Michael
was interviewed and shared his experience of
psychoanalysis. He said, "It was amazing and very rich.
Before one felt ashamed to go into therapy so it's good
things have changed and it's now acceptable. For me, the
years in psychoanalysis have meant a lot."
Michael went to therapy for 11 years,
four times a week. He said the reason for his need for
therapy was due to his divorce from his first wife
Pinita Rodriguez, mother of his daughter Ellen.
October 3, 2017
I've delayed adding
ABDUCTION to the
Archives because it's such a dreadful film. The reviews
were uniformly horrendous. On the
film page, you can find
links to access his LA premiere interview as well as his
interview with Trailer Addict. I don't quite understand
why Michael's entry into Hollywood films resulted in a
barrage of action thrillers where he plays the Eurotrash
villain. In "Abduction", he plays Kozlow, some kind of
Serbian spy who spends the whole movie trying to track
down Nathan, played by "Twilight" star Taylor Lautner.
Michael seemed to relish the role, hamming it up in the
final scene at a Pittsburgh Pirates game. He always
talks about the fun he has playing the bad guy and he
certainly appeared to be having fun in this role.
I've also added a
new photo gallery highlighting the September 15,
2011 LA premiere of "Abduction".
September 30, 2017
in a Stockholm commune called
TILLSAMMANS (Swedish for
"Together") in 1975, the film is a satirical view of
socialist values and a bittersweet comedy. It premiered
in Sweden on August 25, 2000 and garnered wonderful
reviews around the world for the next several months as
it opened in other countries and was screened at several
film festivals. Directed by Lukas Moodysson, the film
explores the best and worst of the hippie era as free
thinkers explore love, sex, childhood and the music of
Abba. I saw it years ago before I was a Michael Nyqvist
fan and loved it. Wonderful performances from both
the adults and children make this film a winner and
you're sure to end up with a warm, fuzzy feeling in your
stomach. I did.
The cinematography style is perfect
for the characters as we see them through a soft, golden
filter which creates a storybook quality. Moodysson
allows us to observe his characters' follies without
spreading a heavy layer of judgment. For example,
Michael's character Rolf is an abusive husband and he
drinks too much. It's a challenge to get an audience to
appreciate his efforts to get his wife and children back
in his life and yet, in the end, it's almost impossible
to dislike him.
Ultimately, the film is about
loneliness and our need to connect. As Rolf puts it,
"I'd rather eat porridge together than a pork chop
Michael told the press: "I'm very
proud of that movie. It's my favorite role [as of 2010]
because we could finally laugh at the things we were not
supposed to laugh at in Sweden. I remember that at the
premiere, a woman called out that the film was not
politically correct. And we thought - We know that!
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I love this photo shoot!
September 27, 2017
Since learning that Ulf Rollof's
short film VI was going to be shown at Michael's
tribute during the Stockholm International Film
Festival, I've been wondering what "Vi" (We)
is. It turns out it indeed is a very short video at
only 1 minute, 49 seconds. Ulf Rollof has worked with a
multitude of different materials and expressions -
sculpture, works on paper, moving images, experimental
painting, mechanical installations, and photography. In
his April 2008 exhibition called "Under", he included
this film. I don't think its meaning is apparent but
obviously somebody thought enough of it
to include it in his tribute. Here is the exhibition poster and some of the
frames from the film. Yes, Michael in a mine crying with
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Back in 1994, Michael was featured on
a Swedish television comedy series called
DANSKAR RÄKNAS INTE
(Dead Danes Don't Count). There is little
information online except that the idea came from the
BBC series, "Drop the Dead Monkey". The British show was
very successful and ran for eight years but the Swedish
version apparently didn't find an audience. You can find
several videos of the show at youtube.
The links can be found here.
We have a very young and handsome Michael.
September 25, 2017
Good news for director
Peter Schønau Fog! His film, DU FORSVINDER
(You Disappear) will be Denmark's contribution to the
Oscars next year in the category of Best Foreign
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Director/actress Pernilla August recently told SVT, "What
struck me when I looked back is how much he [Michael]
has done. What
range - from the most serious to absurdist comedy. I almost do not know
of any other actor who has this range."
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I finally found a snapshot of Michael
with Tom Cruise, his Mission Impossible co-star.
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The Swedish Tax Agency
reported this week on Michael's estate. It comes as no
surprise that his widow Catharina will inherit most
everything. His estate was valued at 17.2 million
Swedish kroner, which is a little over 2 million in
American dollars. For property, he owned half of a
residential complex in Södermalm and a summer cabin in
Norrtälje. Very modest. Children Ellen and Arthur
will each receive a scholarship of 70,000 Swedish kroner
and when Catharina Nyqvist dies, the children will
inherit what's left of his estate.
September 23, 2017
It has just been announced that this
year's edition of the Stockholm
International Film Festival will be dedicated to
Michael Nyqvist. During the festival a special
tribute program is being organized together with Michael
Nyqvist's foundation. There is the opportunity to
participate in a quiet minute, followed by a film about
Michael Nyqvist. In addition, the Danish drama "You
Disappear" by Peter Schønau Fog and the short film "We"
by Ulf Rollof in which Nyqvist participates, will be
"It's a hit when an actor like
Michael Nyqvist is not with us anymore. We are forever
grateful for the film heritage he leaves behind, "said
festival director Git Scheynius.
"We want to thank you for this fine
cooperation. Michael was a warm and open man who had an
unbelievable belief in the power of acting," said Thomas
Perlmann, spokesman for Michael Nyqvist's foundation.
The tribute program will be featured at Cinema Saga
Salon 1, November 12 at 3 pm.
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film page completed! Michael's first Guldbagge for "Best
Actor" was earned for his role as lovable farmer
Benny Söderström in Kjell Sundvall's romantic comedy,
GRABBEN I GRAVEN BREDVIK
(The Guy in the Grave Next Door) filmed in the fall of
2001 and released in Sweden on August 2, 2002. For the
role of Desirée,
Benny's love interest, Sundvall gave screen tests to
about 30 actresses before he found the perfect co-star
in Elisabet Carlsson. Her grandfather was a farmer and
she was the first in the family to attend college so her
background helped her understand Benny's difficulties in
fitting into Desirée's
world and vice versa. She and Michael first met ten
years before in Örebro when she did her theatre
internship. Doing her first feature film, Elisabet told
the press, "It was an incredible security to have Micke
as my co-star. He is experienced, talented and
Michael said, "I fell in love with
the script and my character. Benny is warm and lonely
and has a longing for love." Playing a farmer was a new
experience because he had never even been inside a barn
and was terrified of cows. "When I did the farmer Benny,
I always imagined that my hands were big like tennis
racquets. It made me feel a little picky and that was
what was required to become Benny."
To prepare for his role, Michael
packed on several pounds which he said was "easy". He
said, "It went on for a month, a wonderful time. Only
fat sauces, berries, chips and sweets. Then the vanity
hit and I tried to lose weight. It took a whole year to
return to my normal weight again."
He told the press he believes the
love story meets the audience's heart. "Yes, I think the
interaction between Elisabet and me worked and part of
that was because we knew each other for a long time."
In April 2003 Aftonbladet readers
were asked to vote for their favorite Swedish film from
2002 and this romantic comedy won. Sundvall said, "I'm
surprised. I had no ambitions that the film would do so
well... I think you recognize yourself in the real
people and in their loneliness and love thirst. And the
culture between the city and the milk federation is both
entertaining and something that many can relate to."
Michael was also voted as "Best
Swedish Male Role" in the film. He said he was very
excited about the honor since it was the audience that
voted for him.
When there was talk of a sequel, he
said, "Never say never. If Katarina Mazetti comes up
with a good script, maybe. I do not want to join 'Police
School 7' as well."