Prefers Norway to Hollywood
Source: Dagbladet.no - January 31, 2008
Michael Nyqvist (47) has received
Sweden's most sought after main role in the filming of
Stieg Larsson's books. But first, we'll see him on TV in Nattsøsteren.
"Write it! Write that I would rather have roles in
Norway than in Hollywood." Michael Nyqvist is
grinning. We meet him with his agent in Stockholm. He
asks if the flight went well and if we want coffee and
"It's going to be said that the roles I've been offered
to do in Hollywood are 'Viking with a helmet running
from a talking shark,'" laughs Nyqvist.
It's not quite true that he's just
getting Viking offers from American stars.
"I was offered to play the lover of Kim Basinger. I
would have liked that role. But then I was busy with
another project," says Nyqvist.
He is the man who captured Sweden's most sought after
film role - the role of journalist Mikael Blomkvist from
Stieg Larsson's books.
"The books are magnetic. It's an incredibly exciting
role," he says.
He is not allowed to say more.
Right now, Nyqvist is starring in the Lindell series "Nattsøsteren"
on the NRK and in the movies "Kautokeino-opprøret"
and "Arn: Tempelriddaren."
"I think it's very cool to be in
Norway", he says.
Is that true?
Nyqvist answers, "Yes, absolutely true! I love Oslo.
It's a beautiful city. I like to walk. Norway is a bit
like Scandinavia's answer to England. You have a lot of
sea and many boats. Besides, Norwegians are very nice.
Even though I do not understand what you are saying,"
In "Nattsøsteren" Nyqvist plays the butcher Tage Wolter.
He is the father of 14-year-old Kathrine, who is lost.
The actor is himself the father of a teenage girl.
"It's just the fear of loss that makes me find myself
staring out of the window at three o'clock in the night.
Even though my daughter is compelling and good, I cannot
help worrying. There is so much violence in
Stockholm. And it just gets worse and worse."
His daughter is 17 years old.
"She wears too much make-up. One day she looked like a
soft cake. Then I did something fathers shouldn't do. I
stood in front of the door and blocked her way. 'You
look like a clown,' I said. 'You must wash off that
makeup.' Do you know what she answered? 'Move! It's just
a stage, daddy.' She is a wise girl," smiles Nyqvist.
Theater-interested Swedes have known about him for over
fifteen years, but the big commercial breakthrough got
Nyqvist with the film roles. And with the movies
followed celebrity status.
"At the theater I get respect, with the movies I become
a celebrity. I always get seated at restaurants, but I
never have to be alone. I have become more and more
aware of distinguishing between the public and the
private Micke. I can be damn angry if someone chases
You have stated that actors have egos like
"Yes, some have too much ego. It would be too stupid to
be so egotistical that you neglect other people. I had a
teacher at the theater college who said, 'The bigger you
are at the inn, the less you are on stage.' I think
Were you referring to Mikael Persbrandt when you
criticized selfish actors in the Swedish media?
"No no. Mikael is a friend of mine. Aftonbladet twisted
everything I said. It became so bad that I had to call
Mikael and explain. Since then I have not given
interviews. So you're lucky," smiles Nyqvist.
When he is not on stage or a film set, the actor thrives
at the sea and in the woods.
"Nature makes me fee safe. I like the sound of birdsong,
not sirens," says Nyqvist.