Source: Margaretha Levin Blekastad,
Date: June 2017
Michael Nyqvist described the feeling
of freedom in the archipelago, where heaven meets the
sea, in an NT interview: "It's something euphoric in the
feeling that infinity begins."
Millennium and Mission
Impossible. But also Dramaten, Lars Norén, deep
personal books and strong roots in Roslagen, where he
had a vacation home.
Michael Nyqvist was versatile during his career.
Constantly active, constantly on the way, and constantly
curious. And he had much more to give, when he has so
sadly left us at the age of 56.
Just too early.
There was something ambiguous in
his acting, which gave it weight and depth. An
ability to signal a spectrum of different feelings
with small means. Often with the eyes that could
shift from heat to ice cold in a nanosecond. And
that smile that suddenly exploded and shattered the
Versatile. Michael Nyqvist took on a large number of
roles, where he moved between a variety of genres.
He traveled around the world after his
international breakthrough with the role of Mikael
Blomkvist, but he had a strong and genuine feel for
the archipelago and Roslagen, where he had a
vacation home and gladly spent as much time as
"I feel the same for the archipelago as Strindberg
did, the smell of those islands that you think
you're the first to discover. When you come to
Håkanskär, it feels like being the first person out
there," he said in an interview with NT in 2013.
Open, generous and curious are
words that appear in memorials, following the
message of Michael Nyqvist's passing away.
"He knew a lot about life as well as about art,"
says drama director Eirik Stubö.
I think he's right. Michael Nyqvist gave the
impression of thinking a lot about how we live our
lives and how it is to be human, a short while on
earth. There was a streak of sorrow within him which
deepened his roles.
"I like it when culture is about life and death," he
said in an interview in the summer of 2009. At the
same time he was easy and calm. And extremely nice,
with that disarming smile and the friendly radiance.
At that time he had just released the
self-biographical book Dansa för oss,
writing about doubts and doubts, and not least about
power games in the theater and film world.
Michael Nyqvist was extremely productive and he had many
roles in both film and theater. The first time I noticed
him on film was probably one of the prisoners in
Vägen ut, an impression that grew when he took on
the role of shy farmer Benny in Grabben i graven
At the same time, he was there in the theater scene in
deeply serious roles, not least when he stood alone on
the scene with Primo Levi's monologue, where he dug deep
into the darkest experiences.
Open, generous and curious are words that appear in
memorials, following the message of Michael Nyqvist's
"He knew a lot about life as well as about the art,"
says Drama director Eirik Stubö.
I think he's right. Michael Nyqvist gave the impression
of thinking a lot about how we live our lives and how it
is to be human, a short while on earth. There was a
streak of sorrow with him who deepened the roles.
At the same time he was easy and calm. And extremely
nice, with that disarming smile and the friendly
I will remember Michael Nyqvist for many of his roles.
Rolf in Tillsammans. Chief Editor Markel in
Den allvarsamma leken
for which he received a Guldbagge. And Micke Blomkvist,
The theater roles are also there, with a strong presence
and time on stage.
And, by all means, do not miss his books, they are well
worth reading, with thoughts about being adopted.
Michael Nyqvist leaves a big gap behind him. It's so sad