APRIL 2018 NEWS
THE MICHAEL NYQVIST ARCHIVES
April 30, 2018
Another theater page has been created
but there was not one photo or poster I could add. The
play was Antigone,
staged at the Dramaten in 2003 with a premiere date of
February 22. In this new
article just posted, Michael recalled that
evening remembering the pain. As he bowed for the
applause, he snapped up a comment from a lady in the
first row who commented, "He was not so good." I'm
sure that was not true but you can imagine how it
affected the doubtful Michael, doubtful of his glorious
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Around the time of Michael's death
last year, I came across this anonymous blogger who
certainly spoke for so many of us. He/she wrote:
Michael Nyqvist made a number of
Swedish movies that traded on his ability to portray
fierce yet vulnerable male characters, and with a
great deal of sincerity and intelligence. But it was
his role as the journalist Mikael Blomkvist in the
Millennium Trilogy that brought him to the
attention of international audiences, and in
particular, Hollywood’s casting agents. Two years
later and he was making his English language debut
in the sadly less than enthralling Abduction
(2011). From there he combined working in Hollywood
with working in Sweden, and maintained an integrity
in his work that guaranteed good performances, even
if the material he was working with wasn’t quite up
to the standard required. Regarded unfairly perhaps
as a "serious" actor, Nyqvist was always able to
find the light and shade in most of the characters
he played, and he was always a magnetic presence
when on screen. In short, he was one of that select
band of actors who always improved a movie they
appeared in, and you could count on him to deliver a
thoughtful, considered performance whatever the
April 27, 2018
Michael had several collaborations
with director/writer Ulf Malmos. Though he had a leading
role in "My So-Called Father" and "We Can be Heroes", he
is remarkably absent in any promotional photos for "Bröllopsfotografen"
(The Wedding Photographer). Certainly 2009 was a busy
year for Michael with the "Millennium Trilogy" so you
can assume it was more of a cameo role. In fact, in the
listing of the cast, he doesn't even have a name. It
simply says, "stage actor". Nonetheless, I have added
this film page to the MNA today. He and daughter Ellen
did attend the movie premiere in Stockholm on October
13, 2009. I assume the guy is Ellen's boyfriend at the
Michael were asked by Moviezine to use their best skills
to predict the Oscar winners for the 2011 films. They
both agreed on "The Artist" for Best Film and indeed it
won. For Best Actor, Ulf chose George Clooney as the
Academy's choice though he personally was fond of Jean Dujardin. Michael chose Mexican actor Demián Bichir
(who?) but was also leaning toward Gary Oldman. They
agree on Max Von Sydow (no surprise) for Best Supporting
Actor, Meryl Streep for Best Actress and Bérénice Bejo
for Best Supporting Actress.
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Here's a photo from Stockholm's cafe
och Salt dated February 17, 2015. Guess somebody has a
sweet tooth. Sure looks yummy.
April 24, 2018
Here are two new photos taken at the
Regent Hotel in Berlin on February 4, 2016 when Michael
was doing promotion for "Colonia". Very debonair!
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television page. In 2000, Michael was cast in the SVT
romantic drama called "Judith". It was a
three-part TV series starring Rebecka Hemse,
Peter Andersson and
Marika Lagercrantz. Because a young Alexander Skarsgård
stars in one of the episodes, his fans have posted a
Youtube clip of his scenes. I haven't come across any
photos of Michael's scenes - a bit disappointing.
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Michael's opinion of film remakes in the states? In
2010, he replied, "Total junk. When I see American
remakes, I always wonder what is missing. What is gone.
They never become muddy and dirty. They're so clean,
that's it. The best American films are those from
directors who dare to show their roots. Scorsese with
his Italian. Coen Brothers. Woody Allen. Their work is
not clean. It has to do with their roots."
April 21, 2018
I don't have the year that Michael
lent his name to Artisans of Attire with the following
ad. Known to wear a various selection of bracelets, he
was a good choice for the Duxe Mfg. Co. I believe these
beauties are handmade by Julia Edlh.
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It's interesting that Hollywood
wanted to cash in on the success of Stieg
Larsson's "Millennium Trilogy", but their only
American version turned out to be "The Girl with the
Dragon Tattoo". Sony Pictures ultimately decided to skip
to the fourth book, "The Girl in the Spider's Web",
written by David Lagercrantz. The international cast
includes actors from the UK, Holland, Denmark, Sweden,
Luxembourg, Norway and the US. The film is set for a
November 9, 2018 release.
Swedish actor Sverrir Gudnason takes
on the lead role. You may recall that he starred with
Michael in "A Serious Game". At the time of Michael's
death, Sverrir said, "I think it's incredibly sad... He was
a very open actor and an incredibly nice person... How
he lived was reflected in his acting as well.
He was incredibly curious."
Certainly, Sverrir doesn't have the Nyqvist charisma but
it'll be interesting to see how he fills the shoes of
Mikael Blomkvist. The photo below is from a 2009
"Millennium" interview and if you click on it, you can
view the interview in English at the Italian web site,
I've posted a
2009 interview in which
Michael discusses his first book and his role in the
"Millennium" series. He says, "My idea with Mikael
Blomkvist was to show a man who's a good listener,
empathetic, wise and analytical. I also hope in this era
that intelligence should be sexy." Yes!
April 18, 2018
I attempted to do a translation of an
article in a 2013 issue of A6:an magazine, but I
had great difficulty so I'll just give an overview.
Those who understand Swedish can read the entire article
Michael does this interview at a
cafe in Stockholm with a great view of the water. He
looks relaxed and in good humor. He orders rose
wine. Earlier in 2013 he had his second book
published. Commenting on his books, he says, "I
think you should be personal but not private." Even though his book is very much about his life,
Michael feels much more embarrassed when he looks
out at a theater audience. He says, "The worst thing
you can do is fail 800 people. Then you are
unpleasantly blamed. When you write a book, it's
more school spirit." He admits he never reads his
book and film reviews lest they make him feel less
confident but he says it is, however, important to
He mentions that "life is
relatively short". How true! In just three years he
was battling lung cancer. Living next door to
Swedish poet Tomas Gösta Tranströmer, who won the
2011 Nobel Prize in Literature, he felt inspired to
write his books as well as try some poetry.
Rather than spend time in his
home in Roslagen where it's very quiet, Michael has
spent the summer in New York filming when it was
quite hot. He says, "We filmed when it was warmest.
The whole city was like a sweaty layer. I felt agony
between hopelessness and air conditioning."
He admits that he does not always
enjoy the public, people staring outside the door.
But when a couple of girls stop and wonder if their
father can take a picture, then he certainly answers
yes and laughs at the camera. He says, "At least
they did not think I was Persbrandt. It happens
After seeing these pictures, I
realized they were part of a photo shoot so I've posted
the others as well.
April 12, 2018
Last night I watched "Bang,
Bang, Orangutang" on Amazon Video and was
appalled at what a waste of money it was. Such a horrid
little film! Putting Michael's name on the DVD
cover/poster could be construed as false advertising. He
makes a 90-second appearance at the very beginning in a
scene that has no relationship to the rest of the film.
Michael plays a fired employee who's mad with rage at
his boss. He's a total nutcase with a handful of lines, which you'll probably never hear against a
booming God-awful soundtrack. Read my lips - stay away
from this one!
Michael had worked with Simon Staho
the year before in "Dag och
natt" once again with the director's favorite -
Mikael Persbrandt. I could relate to Persbrandt's somber
character in that film but here he acts like a complete
idiot. And in both films Persbrandt spends 90% of the
time in his car. If he's out of the car, the scenes are
shot on the road or in a parking lot. Obviously,
Michael's production designer wife would have nothing to
do on this assignment because there are no interior
scenes. I'm going to end the discussion here
because the movie is so annoying. For the record, Peter
Asmussen also co-wrote Lars von Trier’s pioneering 1996
Dogma piece "Breaking
the Waves" which I love, love, love.
April 10, 2018
Exactly one year ago The Michael
Nyqvist Archives was launched. Today this web site has
130 pages and over 4,000 images. It will continue to
expand in his honor.
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Adding to the press section is a
with Michael in Amsterdam in the summer of 2012. It's
not the first time that he has mentioned Italian actor
Marcello Mastroianni, but this time, he points out that
in the 1987 film "Occi Ciornie" ("Dark Eyes"),
Mastroianni's performance was pure perfection! Michael
is sure that he has not reached that level.
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New pages! In 1990 Michael did a
43-minute television film called "Pass"
in which he plays a photographer in a romantic drama.
Sixteen years later, director/writer Mikael Södersten
decided to take clips from his original film and create
a six-minute short called "White
Man's Blues". You can view the trailer
at this link to see a very young Michael, but
you might want to mute the sound because the music is
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This is a new photo taken a couple years
ago when Michael attended the premiere of "Colonia" in
Vienna, Austria. Great photo!
April 8, 2018
Lucky Nyqvist fans in Davis, CA area
have the chance to see "Så
som i himmelen" ("As It is in Heaven") on the
big screen this month. It will be shown at the
International House Davis on Friday, April 20th, as
part of their international film series. The film
received an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language
Back in 2008, Holland's Film by
the Sea Festival, held in Vlissingen, was
celebrating its tenth anniversary and the festival
audience was asked to choose their favorite film from
all those that had been screened since the festival
began. "As It is in Heaven" was the convincing favorite.
Michael was present to accept the Anniversary Audience
Award and was also the recipient of the Grand Actors
Award, which is presented to filmmakers or actors who
have made special contributions to the film industry.
Ben Kingsley, Stanley Tucci, Morgan Freeman and Claudia
Cardinale have also received this award. Michael was
both surprised and moved by the admiration that befell
on him and the film.
The Dutch festival's main focus is on
literary adaptations. In 2006, another Nyqvist film - "Äideistä parhain"
("Mother of Mine") received the Film & Literature
Award. Being honored with the prize reminded director
of a promise he made as a
young film student in Helsinki - the promise that he
would never adapt a book into a film. I, for one, am
glad he didn't keep that promise. This film also became
Finland's submission for Best Foreign Language Film at
the 78th Academy Awards.
fall the festival has selected one of Michael's more
recent films - "Du forsvinder" ("You Disappear").
It will be screened in their Film and Literature
Competition on September 15th. The film will also be
shown at the Cleveland International Film
Festival on April 9 and 10. It was Denmark's entry
for Best Foreign Language Film for this year's Academy
April 6, 2018
a new YouTube clip of Michael that was posted yesterday.
It's from Swedish comedian David Hellenius' TV show
called "Hellenius hörna" when Michael was a guest
on October 21, 2011. Having just completed action films
"Mission Impossible" and "Abduction", Michael had
returned to Sweden after extensive international travel.
After Michael spends time chatting with the host, they
do a humorous action scene together with Michael pulling
a gun on Hellenius and then chasing him out the door and
finally down the road in a helicopter. Hilarious! Check
at this link.
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Last week Gerry Butler posted a photo
of himself and Michael taken a couple years ago when
they took a helicopter ride to the set when filming "Hunter
Killer" (due in theaters on October 26, 2018).
April 5, 2018
Being a fashion plate, it comes as no
surprise that Michael was seen in some ads from Mouli,
a Swedish brand of men's clothing. Here are some of the
ads and photo shoots from 2009 to 2016. The last photo
shows Michael at a Mouli event with son Arthur and
friends, probably around 2009.
April 3, 2018
Last week I finally received my DVD
of "Du forsvinder"
(You Disappear) with English subtitles. I would have
preferred writing some positive remarks here about the
screen adaptation of the bestselling Christian Jungersen
novel but alas, it was a challenge to view this film as
any sort of entertainment or even as educational. Mostly
there was a heap of psychobabble going on and the
courtroom testimony scenes were better suited for
discussion fodder for medical and psychiatric students.
film's thrust is a philosophical exploration of
identity, individuality, moral responsibility and
whether there is such a thing as free will.
It is interesting to note that Peter Schønau
Fog actually gave this director's statement
- "It is probably fair to say that You Disappear
is a demanding movie. It demands of its audience that
they let go of conventional ideas of what a movie should
be and instead view it with no preconceived notions –
welcoming You Disappear as a life experience."
Sorry, but it doesn't work.
Frederik Halling (Nikolaj Lie Kaas)
is a private school principal who discovers he has a
brain tumor and is further charged with embezzling
12 million kronor from his school.
lawyer Bernard Bergman (played by Michael) argues that
his client's behavior was caused by this orbitofrontal tumor. The film
switches between the courtroom and family scenes in
which we learn how Frederik's behavior has affected his
wife Mia (Trine Dyrholm) and his son Niklas. Due to the
non-linear narration, the audience becomes tangled in a
maze of confusion in understanding the course of events
and, therefore, isn't given an accurate portrait of their
marriage and family life. To make matters even more
complicated, Mia and Bernard, whose wife has also
suffered a brain injury in a car accident, begin their own torrid affair even
though each claim to have a stronghold on fidelity. For Nyqvist fans, you will love the sexual energy in these
adulterous scenes so perhaps it might be worth buying the DVD!
Much attention and praise has been given to the lead
actress Trine Dyrholm but I was mesmerized by the
excellent performance by Meike Bahnsen, who plays Laerke,
Bernard's wife. Ms. Bahnsen expertly captures both the
childlike innocence and wild behavior of a brain-injured
person while Michael reveals the tenderness and
frustration of caring for his beloved.
April 1, 2018 - Easter Blessings