ĎMission: Impossible 4í Villain Michael Nyqvist Talks
New Movie, Memoir
Source: The Huffington Post, December
actor Michael Nyqvist takes on Tom Cruise in "Mission:
Impossible - Ghost Protocol" - a villainous role that
he, complete with his silky European accent, pulls off
In reality, the 51-year-old actor is anything but
villainous. Heís thoughtful and charming, and talked
with The Huffington Post about tackling "Mission:
Impossible - Ghost Protocol," playing the original
Mikael Blomkvist in the Swedish version of "The Girl
with the Dragon Tattoo," and about his memoir, "Just
After Dreaming," which details his search for his
"Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" is your first
big Hollywood movie. What was the biggest difference
between this and the European movies you have made?
difference is there are so many people working on it. We
went to Prague, Dubai and then Vancouver, and it felt
like not just a block but a whole city that came in with
Did you have someone lifting up the coffee cup to
You play the villain in the film. Youíve got the
right accent - very debonair and sophisticated.
hear it, you know thereís going to be trouble.
You played Mikael Blomkvist in the Swedish version of
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." Were you upset that
you werenít in the Hollywood version?
worked on the three films for almost four years, so I
was done. My daughter is in the American version. She
was an extra. She poured coffee for Daniel Craig and
when she poured it out she said, "Do you know who my dad
is? Heís Michael Nyqvist." He said, "What?!" I met the
guys when they were shooting in Stockholm, so I told
Daniel, "Letís switch. Iíll take James Bond for a couple
So not even a little twinge of jealousy?
at all. Iím curious to see what they did. If Daniel had
done perhaps another movie that I had been in, I could
feel a little bit upset, but the thing is, I just like
You were in an orphanage as a baby, which you mention
in your book "Just After Dreaming." Have you read any
studies about the effects of institutionalization on
actually got me upset reading about adopted children.
They become junkies or criminals or actors. I wanted to
write a book from the childrenís point of view. I think
the whole mission of being here on Earth is to accept
what you have, and my journey was to accept my own life
and not pretend anything else. I think thatís what we
all struggle with.
You eventually connected with your biological parents
at age 30.
was very hard to find them. My fatherís Italian. I have
a brother and sister now. The whole familyís so big;
itís been a happy journey for me.
Many Swedish crime writers are getting global
recognition these days. What is it about Swedes and
Stieg Larsson was up to - it was the Swedish guilt over
World War II. All of our neighbors had the most terrible
experiences with the bad forces, but Sweden didnít. I
think we use the thrillers in a different way. We never
write a thriller like "Who is the murderer?" The big
question in most of our thrillers is ... "Why?"
How do you celebrate Christmas?
I go out
on an island on an archipelago on the Baltic Sea with
family, friends, dog, everything. Of course, we have
herring and ham. If you eat that you have to have
akvavit [liquor]. We also eat turkey; weíre a
Do you have herring in a lot of different ways?
many. Just 20 or 25 ways.