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