March 17, 2018
Two interviews have been added to the
MNA. The first one was
done in 2013 after Michael's second book was published
with much of the conversation focusing on "Dansa för
oss". The second interview
took place in March 2015 during the shooting of "100
Code" in Stockholm. Being that today is St. Patrick's
Day in America, it seems appropriate to share this
snippet about Michael's language coach who happens to be
Irish. This story appears in both interviews: For
his role in "Mission Impossible", Michael relates, "I
told him that I would use classical Oxford English. It was easy enough I
thought. 'It's very hard,' he said. But I thought I
could easily do that. So he asked me to read a page from
'King Lear'. I read. I asked if he liked it. Then he
said, 'Michael, it's better to have a good shit than a
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During his lifetime, Michael spoke of
his Christian faith on several occasions. In a 2009
interview, he described his vision of God as "the
feeling of wonder, love, empathy and the beautiful".
He confesses, "I began with a baby faith but the image
of God has naturally matured. I have been in analysis,
played theater, had children, traveled and become
familiar with different religions." He told the press
that he has shared his faith with his children, taken
them to church and talked about Jesus and how he lived.
Michael admitted in the end that when it comes to faith,
he would rather be surprised by God. And I'm sure he
March 13, 2018
was interviewed in the October 2005 issue of Runner's
World magazine. This is an overview of what he
discussed. He began exercising as a teenager and has
since included judo, aikido, volleyball, and soccer. He
does yoga as well but admits it's not a sport. Running
has always been important to him. He tries to run about
four times a week, usually eight miles. He prefers
Hellasgården (a leisure area outside of Stockholm) but
mostly runs around Södermalm
He says, "Yes, I subscribe to
Runner's World. When I read it, I think there are
friends out there. It's fun to read about all the
different training programs. It's inspiring. Running is
central to me. There's something original about running,
pure stone age joy, I think. Every time I'm out, I get
that feeling, how happy and healthy I am."
He had planned to run a marathon with
a couple of his friends - actors Figge Norling and Hasse
Lindqvist. However, during one of his last performances
in the play "Terrorism", he injured his leg. He
explained, "I played an idiotic and incredibly
near-sighted fireman sitting on the floor with crossed
legs in a yoga position and then 19 kilos of Torkel
Pettersson fell on one knee. When I left the scene, it
felt like the lower leg was loose. At first I thought it
was meniscus and went for an X-ray, but it was the
ligament. At about the same time, Figge discovered that
there would be no marathon walk so it didn't matter."
Michael always brings jogging shoes
with him when he travels. He explained, "Running is good
for my psyche. When you get up to my age, it doesn't
matter what you do because you look the same anyway. So
now it's more about keeping your body together, making
sure that everything is working."
The photo below shows Michael running
in November 2012.
March 11, 2018
month marks the first anniversary of this web site. It
is my goal to complete the Archives covering all of
Michael's film, television and theater work. It can
sometimes be depressing when you realize there will
never be any "new" work. I had a friend who created the
Alan Bates Archives and after Mr. Bates passed away in
2003, she continued to keep it online for several years.
I now understand that kind of commitment and the sadness
that goes along with it.
continue to add new television pages although some have
limited information. The following have been added:
På sista versen
(1999) and Bekännelsen
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recent Collider interview with Bobby Moresco,
creator/director of 100 Code,
he was asked, "How was it to tell a story that spans
between New York and Sweden, especially with actors like
Dominic Monaghan and Michael Nyqvist?" He responded,
"They’re fantastic actors. Michael Nyqvist, God rest
him, was as talented an actor as I’ve ever worked with.
What a great guy." Remember it premieres on WGN
America on Tuesday, May 29 at 10/9c.
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across a new photo of Michael as Prime Minister
Verwoerd in the 2017 Madiba
TV series. He looks so distinguished.
March 9, 2018
I'm sure many of you have viewed the
YouTube video of Michael on the Alex Schulman
Show back in 2013. It's in Swedish. Toward the end
of the show, Michael speaks a little English when he's
asked to relate a funny story about Michelle Pfeiffer at
the 2009 Cannes festival. Hilarious!
Alex Schulman is a journalist and
radio/television personality and that same year he put
on a show called "Alska Mig!" at the Maximteatern. The
following photos show Michael at the premiere on March
7th along with Alex's brother Calle, who's much shorter
than Alex but quite a look-alike.
Also, at the Maximteatern on October
19, 2016 was the premiere of "Macbeth" starring
Mikael Persbrandt. The last photo is a close-up of
the second one. Michael is now living with the
knowledge of his lung cancer and you can detect deep
sadness in his face. The woman in the first photo
with Michael and Catharina is Agneta Villman, a
Swedish theater producer and director.
The photos below show events
sponsored by Ms. Villman. The first one was taken at the Medea
Theater Prize event in 2015 and the second was at a
celebration party for Villman Productions in 2010. The last
photo is from the 2005 play, "Geten eller vem
är Sylvia" at the Vasteatern showing Michael with actor
Albin Flinkas. Ms. Villman posted this photo on
Instagram last summer after Michael died.
March 5, 2018
Scandinavian media expressed their disappointment that
Hollywood did not include Michael in their Memoriam
at the Oscars last night. And rightly so. When the
Academy includes names of hair stylists and publicists,
how many people among the millions watching have ever
heard of these people? Besides Michael, there were
several other famous celebrities omitted such as Dorothy
Malone, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe, Glen Campbell and
Jim Nabors. And Michael went on to become world famous
with the Millennium Trilogy. Aftonblad's film
expert Jan-Olov Andersson finds it strange that his
countryman was not remembered. He writes, "There were
really many I've never heard of before and Michael
Nyqvist has made films with both Tom Cruise and Keanu
Reeves. He was also featured in a series of smaller
American films and was a well-known name in the industry
in the USA."
New Zealand journalist Tim Wilson
also questions the omission of Nyqvist: "It hurts me
that so wonderful an artist like him is not honored,"
Journalist Brendan Morrow writes,
"Michael Nyqvist was a great Swedish actor who had been
on the rise in recent years, but tragically died in June
2017 at just 56 years old. Though he appeared in many
Swedish films, Nyqvist starred in some extremely popular
American movies over the past decade as well, including
John Wick and Mission: Impossible – Ghost
Protocol. But sadly, no mention of Nyqvist was made
during the show."
March 4, 2018
added a new
article/interview to the press section that was
published on October 19, 2014. Michael discussed his
weaknesses and lack of confidence and while reading it,
I could understand why he succeeded so well in
interpreting the insecure CEO in "Om Stig Petres
Hemlighet". In the interview, he explains how he
takes on a role and pours it through his own personal
filters. There was definitely a strong connection
between Michael and Henrik, the factory owner.
There are some new additions to that
film page - production photos such as this one.
Check them out here.
February 27, 2018
In October 2014 Michael gave this
list of tips on how to become a happier person. He was
obviously a very introspective man.
1. Dare to feel doubt. Become a
friend of your doubts. Daring to doubt is even more
important than learning to fail.
2 Listen to each other more. With
listening, comes presence. I find that women more often
than men dare to talk without having a complete answer.
3. Take it easy. Take one step
forward and two back. I think so much about that. Take
it easy and take the time to catch yourself before
4. Be curious. Never lose your
playfulness and childhood curiosity.
5. View feelings. Recognize your
weaknesses and show your feelings. Many people are
afraid but feelings are not dangerous.
6. Everyday life. Hang out with your
friends, eat good food, drink good wine. We will live -
not just survive.
7. Do not be terrified of
failures. It is important for our development as a human
being to dare things, fail and then learn something
along the way.
8. Dare to accept too, but you should
not expect to be rewarded by a failure. You just have to
accept what has happened and hopefully come out on the
other side both wiser and better.
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Adding to Michael's list of
television appearances is an episode of the
EN DAG I TAGET (One Day at a Time) entitled "Panikangest" (Panic
Attacks), which aired on November 22,
1999. The series was meant to enlighten people on
addictions and disorders, such as alcohol and drug abuse
plus eating and anxiety disorders.
February 22, 2018
To Michael's Swedish fans - the 2016
documentary called "Michael Nyqvist - ett porträtt" will
be available on SVT1 and SVT Play on Wednesday, February
28. In this informative film, he talked about his
childhood and adoption as well as his teenager eating
disorders. He also discussed his discomfort of walking
on the red carpet and how he managed to stay close to
family while filming. In addition to the
participation of his two children, there are interviews
with Pernilla August, Florian Gallenberger and Trine
Dyrholm. You can watch clips at the
SVT link and on
February 20, 2018
WGN America announced today that its
much-anticipated crime drama 100
CODE will premiere on Tuesday, May 29 at 10/9c.
It stars Michael as Swedish detective Mikael Eklund and
Dominic Monaghan as NY detective Tommy Conley. The
12-episode series, created by Academy Award winner Bobby
Moresco (Crash, Million Dollar Baby) and shot in
Stockholm, is a crime thriller following the hunt for a
serial killer who targets young, blonde and blue-eyed
women. For more information, check out the show's
TV Page on this site.
I've watched several episodes on my
DVD copy and I absolutely agree with many reviewers.
Dominic Monaghan is so atrociously miscast that it
deeply affects the quality of the series. His attempt at
a New York accent is so flawed that it becomes very
frustrating at times to watch his scenes. He definitely
doesn't fit the "tough guy" role. He is better suited as
the hobbit Merry Brandybuck in Tolkien's "The Lord of
With so many American crime shows, it
is refreshing to watch a Nordic version with Michael
playing a reassuringly grumpy Swedish detective. He is
I've posted a
new interview that took
place in March 2015 when Michael was in Vienna promoting
the series in Europe. I agreed with what he had to say
"I lived in New York for six
years. And I noticed that they never asked me what I
did, always, what will I do next. With us, we must
always be prepared to be asked what we have done. We
still have such a class system here. They just do
not have it there in the States. America is such a
money-bound country. Money is what you talk about.
It is difficult to talk about having a king. But we
have it now... In America, the principle of
materialism takes precedence. With which action do I
make the most money. That differentiates us in the
cultures. We in Sweden are almost ashamed when we
have to talk about money."
February 14, 2018
This photo shoot took place on May
19, 2015 during filming in Budapest on Pernilla August's
"Den Allvarsamma Leken (aka "A Serious Game").
You'll note that Michael has a thicker beard for his
role as Editor Markel.
At the time of filming, Michael was
asked why he joined the cast. He responded, "Mainly, it
was about working with Pernilla. We have previously
acted together. As a director, she has become one of the
foremost. Much is about the overall way of seeing the
work while having spontaneity and curiosity. The other
reason is that it is Hjalmar Söderberg. The story is a
real classic." Of course, we now know that he went on to
win a Guldbagge for his outstanding performance.
Below is a photo that Michael tweeted
on March 20, 2015 with the caption - "Spring in Sweden
on my way to Budapest."
February 10, 2018
Finally there are some "on location"
photos from the KURSK production that began in
May 2017. Filming took place in Belgium, Norway and
France. The movie is based on the book, "A Time to Die:
The Untold Story of the Kursk Tragedy" by Robert Moore.
It is the unforgettable true story of the K-141 KURSK, a
Russian flagship nuclear-powered submarine that sank to
the bottom of the Barents Sea in August 2000. As 23
sailors fought for survival aboard the disabled sub,
their families desperately battled bureaucratic
obstacles and impossible odds to find answers and save
them. Directed by Thomas Vinterberg, the film's cast
includes Matthias Schoenaerts, Colin Firth, Lea Seydoux,
Peter Simonischek, Max Von Sydow and Michael. There is
still no release date and there is talk it might not
premiere until 2019.
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The photos below comes from the No.
12 issue of Hogtryck magazine dated October 2016.
February 6, 2018
About a week ago, the Swedish media
published an article about a 2006 campaign in which six
actors wrote personal letters thanking movie buyers for
supporting Swedish films. Copies of these letters were
put into about four million DVD cases. The actors were
Sven Wollter, Kjell Bergavist, Cecelia Frode, Felix
Herngren, Katarina Ewerlöf and Michael. Michael wrote,
"Thank you for helping me keep up with what I love."
Apparently, some folks are still finding these letters
in old DVD cases. Here's a copy of Michael's letter:
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In the gallery, I've added a
photo shoot from
December 8, 2015. You may have seen some of these
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columnist Matt Rooney was comparing two of the
Mission Impossible sequels - "Ghost Protocol" and
"Rogue Nation". He made some interesting comments that I
wholeheartedly agree with. This is what he wrote:
"Michael Nyqvist was a fantastic actor and made a great
villain in JOHN WICK. But here he is probably the
weakest element of the film. He's one of those villains
who are just sort of 'around'. He doesn't get an
opportunity to do much other than show up during some
sort of action bit, and his malicious personality isn't
quite fleshed out. He brings some pedigree to the
'maniacal baddie bent on nuclear war' archetype, but
he's a better performer than the role lets him be."
From Michael's own words in his 2013 book, Dansa för
oss, we know what a disappointment the film was to
him when they minimalized his role by editing out some
of his best scenes.
February 2, 2018
In 2007 Sweden's Radio P1
presented a summer program of different hosts called "Sommarprat"
and Michael participated in a July program. Besides
introducing music favorites, he spoke about being
adopted from an orphanage and his search for his
biological parents. When Michael died last year, the
radio station opted to broadcast it again on July 1st.
Program Director Bibi Rödöö commented, "Michael
Nyqvist's summer program from 2007 is a moving and true
story. His emotional, very personal and thus courageous
story touched many listeners in depth.
For the first time since the
beginning of 1959, the Swedish Radio's summer program
came out in book form that year. 20 of the hosts published their
script from the program with personal photographs. The
book was released on November 26, 2007 with proceeds
going to Radiohjälp's work against
Sten Carlberg: "Sommar Sommar Sommar"
Brett Anderson: "Dust and rain"
Monica Törnell: "Faster fantasias visa"
Turbonegro: "Her kommer vinteren"
Weeping Willows/Andy Bell: "The burden"
Teddybears Sthlm/ Swingfly: "Hey boy"
Martha Wainwright/Kate Mcgarrigle/Brad Albetta:
"Dis quand reviendras-tu"
Gianna Nannini: "I maschi"
Brett Anderson: "The infinite kiss"
Rachid Taha/Christian Olivier: "Tékitoi"
Hole: "Celebrity skin"
John Legend: "Show me"
Robert (10) Johnson: "The persuaders"
Evert Taube/Anders Börje: "Så länge skutan kan
Elmo Glick/ Ben E King/ John Lennon: "Stand by
Michael had previously done a
show in 2001. Before hosting, he told
the press, "In my summer program, I'm going to tell
you about Uncle Gustav and Tant Greta, about the
Beatles, chopped potted plants and experienced words
and everything else that happens when you're not on
stage. The music will fall between Gullan
Bornemark and Prodigy."
The Beatles" "I’m Only Sleeping"
The Beatles" "I Need You"
Jakob Hellman: "Vackert Väder"
Etienne Daho: "Des Attractions Desastre"
Pugh Rogefeldt: "Finns Det Lite Stolthet Kvar Finns Det
Också Hopp Om"
Lou Reed: "Perfect Day"
Dead Kennedys: "Too Drunk To Fuck"
Cornelis Vreeswijk: "Tältet"
The Who: "Five Fifteen"
Eric Ericson: "Die Zauberflöte"
Soggy Bottom Boys: "I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow"
Savage Garden: "Crash And Burn"
The Beatles: "Glass Onion"
Nazareth: "Love Hurts"
Michael and I definitely agree on
Lou Reed's "Perfect Day" which I have on my
Trainspotting CD - and such an awesome film! And
in 1975 when I was living in Europe, I was deeply
addicted to Nazareth's "Love Hurts".
January 30, 2018
A Local Act For Peace is a
global peace project begun in Sweden in 2016 that seeks
to encourage positive action and share information and
data that proves, despite the headlines, that there is
hope and potential for transformation through small acts
of kindness. Last year Michael participated and there's
a short video where he shares a personal story about his
experience as a pacifist. It shows him walking in
Regents Park in London while speaking directly into a
camera. The Swedish version is
at this link and if you're a Facebook member,
Facebook English version.
January 29, 2018
was a touring show performed between 2006 and 2012 where
only women were welcome in the audience and
only men on stage. The show focused on the
differences between men and women with a mix of comedy,
music and acting. In 2009, over 60,000 women saw the show,
and 15 performances were performed in 14 cities around
Sweden. In 2006 Michael performed in their first show,
which was directed by Fredde Granberg. He was joined by
actor/writer/comedian Peter Magnusson and singer Martin
Stenmarck. The tour had its premiere in Västerås on
September 1. Thirty thousand women bought tickets.
You'll never guess what Michael told the press - "We
hope they go home to their guys and make a kid
From the photos below, you can surmise that
it was a very zany event. One act was the three men in a
sauna, dressed only in towels, talking about why girls
get nicknames. Some of the music that evening included Edwyn Collins' "A Girl Like You", Pointer Sisters' "It's
Raining Men", "When a Man Loves a Woman" and a little
Elvis, of course. Don't you wish you were there!
Good-natured Michael didn't flinch when told he was
getting a lot of flack for participating in such a show.
He said, "In this damn climate, it's extra wonderful.
Now it's all about gender and it's totally politically
incorrect to run such a show. Everyone thinks it's
terrible and condemning and yet they want to hear what
we're doing." Laughing, he continued, "In the drama
circuits, we sit and discuss Brecht, and so I say that I
will sing for a lot of girls in an ice cream hall. Then
people wonder if I'm stupid in my head."