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
October 31, 2017
In honor of Halloween, here's a photo
from Michael's own stash showing him dressed as a clown.
We all know what a wonderful sense of humor he had. I
have no idea as to the story behind the photo. He posted
it himself with the title of "It" referring to the
Stephen King clown. Well, he's a long way from looking
scary. Have you seen Bill Skarsgård
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I came across this photo of a young
boy trying to imitate the Sanna Sjöswärd
portrait. Cute! You can read more about Michael's photo
on my September 16th posting.
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Here's a new addition - portraits of
Michael taken on February 16th of last year at the
Berlin International Film Festival. Very somber
poses. These portraits were taken in connection with the
premiere of Pernilla August's "A Serious Game". He also
attended the screening of "Colonia" in Berlin on
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I happen to notice while browsing the
photos from the Guldbagge nomination ceremony in January
that Michael was wearing his "f**k cancer" bracelet. The
close-up is his own photo.
As most of you know, Michael didn't
attend the awards ceremony to receive his Guldbagge for
Best Supporting Actor ("A Serious Game") but a video was
shown during the ceremony with Michael giving many thank
you's. You can view it
at this link.
October 27, 2017
What a coincidence that Michael
should do a film called
DAY AND NIGHT (Dag och
Natt) in 2004 and then make a film ten years
later called "Days and Nights". The first one was
far superior and was quite unique. The action all
takes place in one day in a car with two cameras
mounted on the dashboard - one facing the driver and
one facing the passenger seat. The audience is told
by a narrator that Thomas (Mikael Persbrandt) will
commit suicide by shooting himself in the head by
the end of the day. A six-word description might
read, "Two cameras, one car, endless despair".
It's certainly a story of broken
souls. Thomas's farewell is his way of banging the
nails into his own coffin. The conversations with
his passengers confirm his self-hatred and his
self-contempt. Everyone he loads into his car are
people who gave him love and friendship. Probably
the most heartbreaking scene is with his mother, who
he abandons on a beach, blindfolded and confused as
she calls out his name while he tries to kill
The list of actors who play the
various passengers reads like a producer's wet dream
of Swedish talent. I especially enjoyed the powerful
performances of Lena Endre as Thomas's angry ex-wife
and Pernilla August as his tormented sister. Michael
plays Jacob, his friend, and perhaps it's the only
segment that might make you smile as they stop at a
McDonalds and the ravenous Jacob mischievously
orders several items and ends his order with a "McThanks!".
Interestingly, the film
received 8 nominations for a Robert Award, Denmark's
equivalent to the Oscars, but failed to win in any
category. The consensus was why should the Danish
Film Academy vote for Swedish actors or a supposedly
Swedish film. A director who, instead of pursuing
his work in his own country, will hardly be
rewarded. Screened at various film festivals, it won
the Silver Hugo Award at the Chicago International
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Back in 2014, photographers
Sophia Forsberg and Jesper Hallén decided to do a
celebrity calendar where all revenues would go
to the City Mission in Gothenburg. Michael agreed to
participate and chose to be photographed in a Thai
boxing session. Because only 12 portraits could be
used for the calendar, all portraits were exhibited
and went on sale at the city's library right before
Christmas. In March of that same year Michael
participated in the 2014 Swedish Martial Arts Awards
presenting winner Janni Larsson with an award for
being an excellent role model. For many of his
movies roles, he practiced several forms of martial
arts, such as Jujutsu, Thai boxing and kickboxing.
October 25, 2017
The Scandinavian Film Festival is
taking place this week in Hungary and among their list
of films is "A SERIOUS
GAME", which will be screened on Saturday. Nordisk Film released it on DVD in
January for Region 2 without English subtitles. However,
an English version is being shown in Hungary so
hopefully that edition will be released on DVD in the
coming months. You may remember that Michael received a
Guldbagge for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in this
When filming in the spring of
2015 took place in Budapest, Niclas Trouvé,
Sweden's ambassador to Hungary, visited the
production. This photo shows him with Michael in
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new gallery of photos
taken on November 9, 2012 when Michael attended a
screening of "Hotel Noir" in NYC with his wife. In
some of the photos he poses with the film's star,
Rufus Sewell, who he co-starred with in "Downloading
Nancy" in 2008.
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 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".