FEBRUARY 2018 UPDATES
February 27, 2018
In October 2014 Michael gave this
list of tips on how to become a happier person. He was
obviously a very introspective man.
1. Dare to feel doubt. Become a
friend of your doubts. Daring to doubt is even more
important than learning to fail.
2 Listen to each other more. With
listening, comes presence. I find that women more often
than men dare to talk without having a complete answer.
3. Take it easy. Take one step
forward and two back. I think so much about that. Take
it easy and take the time to catch yourself before
4. Be curious. Never lose your
playfulness and childhood curiosity.
5. View feelings. Recognize your
weaknesses and show your feelings. Many people are
afraid but feelings are not dangerous.
6. Everyday life. Hang out with your
friends, eat good food, drink good wine. We will live -
not just survive.
7. Do not be terrified of
failures. It is important for our development as a human
being to dare things, fail and then learn something
along the way.
8. Dare to accept too, but you should
not expect to be rewarded by a failure. You just have to
accept what has happened and hopefully come out on the
other side both wiser and better.
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Adding to Michael's list of
television appearances is an episode of the
EN DAG I TAGET (One Day at a Time) entitled "Panikangest" (Panic
Attacks), which aired on November 22,
1999. The series was meant to enlighten people on
addictions and disorders, such as alcohol and drug abuse
plus eating and anxiety disorders.
February 22, 2018
To Michael's Swedish fans - the 2016
documentary called "Michael Nyqvist - ett porträtt" will
be available on SVT1 and SVT Play on Wednesday, February
28. In this informative film, he talked about his
childhood and adoption as well as his teenager eating
disorders. He also discussed his discomfort of walking
on the red carpet and how he managed to stay close to
family while filming. In addition to the
participation of his two children, there are interviews
with Pernilla August, Florian Gallenberger and Trine
Dyrholm. You can watch clips at the
SVT link and on
February 20, 2018
WGN America announced today that its
much-anticipated crime drama 100
CODE will premiere on Tuesday, May 29 at 10/9c.
It stars Michael as Swedish detective Mikael Eklund and
Dominic Monaghan as NY detective Tommy Conley. The
12-episode series, created by Academy Award winner Bobby
Moresco (Crash, Million Dollar Baby) and shot in
Stockholm, is a crime thriller following the hunt for a
serial killer who targets young, blonde and blue-eyed
women. For more information, check out the show's
TV Page on this site.
I've watched several episodes on my
DVD copy and I absolutely agree with many reviewers.
Dominic Monaghan is so atrociously miscast that it
deeply affects the quality of the series. His attempt at
a New York accent is so flawed that it becomes very
frustrating at times to watch his scenes. He definitely
doesn't fit the "tough guy" role. He is better suited as
the hobbit Merry Brandybuck in Tolkien's "The Lord of
With so many American crime shows, it
is refreshing to watch a Nordic version with Michael
playing a reassuringly grumpy Swedish detective. He is
I've posted a
new interview that took
place in March 2015 when Michael was in Vienna promoting
the series in Europe. I agreed with what he had to say
"I lived in New York for six
years. And I noticed that they never asked me what I
did, always, what will I do next. With us, we must
always be prepared to be asked what we have done. We
still have such a class system here. They just do
not have it there in the States. America is such a
money-bound country. Money is what you talk about.
It is difficult to talk about having a king. But we
have it now... In America, the principle of
materialism takes precedence. With which action do I
make the most money. That differentiates us in the
cultures. We in Sweden are almost ashamed when we
have to talk about money."
February 14, 2018
This photo shoot took place on May
19, 2015 during filming in Budapest on Pernilla August's
"Den Allvarsamma Leken (aka "A Serious Game").
You'll note that Michael has a thicker beard for his
role as Editor Markel.
At the time of filming, Michael was
asked why he joined the cast. He responded, "Mainly, it
was about working with Pernilla. We have previously
acted together. As a director, she has become one of the
foremost. Much is about the overall way of seeing the
work while having spontaneity and curiosity. The other
reason is that it is Hjalmar Söderberg. The story is a
real classic." Of course, we now know that he went on to
win a Guldbagge for his outstanding performance.
Below is a photo that Michael tweeted
on March 20, 2015 with the caption - "Spring in Sweden
on my way to Budapest."
February 10, 2018
Finally there are some "on location"
photos from the KURSK production that began in
May 2017. Filming took place in Belgium, Norway and
France. The movie is based on the book, "A Time to Die:
The Untold Story of the Kursk Tragedy" by Robert Moore.
It is the unforgettable true story of the K-141 KURSK, a
Russian flagship nuclear-powered submarine that sank to
the bottom of the Barents Sea in August 2000. As 23
sailors fought for survival aboard the disabled sub,
their families desperately battled bureaucratic
obstacles and impossible odds to find answers and save
them. Directed by Thomas Vinterberg, the film's cast
includes Matthias Schoenaerts, Colin Firth, Lea Seydoux,
Peter Simonischek, Max Von Sydow and Michael. There is
still no release date and there is talk it might not
premiere until 2019.
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The photos below comes from the No.
12 issue of Hogtryck magazine dated October 2016.
February 6, 2018
About a week ago, the Swedish media
published an article about a 2006 campaign in which six
actors wrote personal letters thanking movie buyers for
supporting Swedish films. Copies of these letters were
put into about four million DVD cases. The actors were
Sven Wollter, Kjell Bergavist, Cecelia Frode, Felix
Herngren, Katarina Ewerlöf and Michael. Michael wrote,
"Thank you for helping me keep up with what I love."
Apparently, some folks are still finding these letters
in old DVD cases. Here's a copy of Michael's letter:
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In the gallery, I've added a
photo shoot from
December 8, 2015. You may have seen some of these
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columnist Matt Rooney was comparing two of the
Mission Impossible sequels - "Ghost Protocol" and
"Rogue Nation". He made some interesting comments that I
wholeheartedly agree with. This is what he wrote:
"Michael Nyqvist was a fantastic actor and made a great
villain in JOHN WICK. But here he is probably the
weakest element of the film. He's one of those villains
who are just sort of 'around'. He doesn't get an
opportunity to do much other than show up during some
sort of action bit, and his malicious personality isn't
quite fleshed out. He brings some pedigree to the
'maniacal baddie bent on nuclear war' archetype, but
he's a better performer than the role lets him be."
From Michael's own words in his 2013 book, Dansa för
oss, we know what a disappointment the film was to
him when they minimalized his role by editing out some
of his best scenes.
February 2, 2018
In 2007 Sweden's Radio P1
presented a summer program of different hosts called "Sommarprat"
and Michael participated in a July program. Besides
introducing music favorites, he spoke about being
adopted from an orphanage and his search for his
biological parents. When Michael died last year, the
radio station opted to broadcast it again on July 1st.
Program Director Bibi Rödöö commented, "Michael
Nyqvist's summer program from 2007 is a moving and true
story. His emotional, very personal and thus courageous
story touched many listeners in depth.
For the first time since the
beginning of 1959, the Swedish Radio's summer program
came out in book form that year. 20 of the hosts published their
script from the program with personal photographs. The
book was released on November 26, 2007 with proceeds
going to Radiohjälp's work against
Sten Carlberg: "Sommar Sommar Sommar"
Brett Anderson: "Dust and rain"
Monica Törnell: "Faster fantasias visa"
Turbonegro: "Her kommer vinteren"
Weeping Willows/Andy Bell: "The burden"
Teddybears Sthlm/ Swingfly: "Hey boy"
Martha Wainwright/Kate Mcgarrigle/Brad Albetta:
"Dis quand reviendras-tu"
Gianna Nannini: "I maschi"
Brett Anderson: "The infinite kiss"
Rachid Taha/Christian Olivier: "Tékitoi"
Hole: "Celebrity skin"
John Legend: "Show me"
Robert (10) Johnson: "The persuaders"
Evert Taube/Anders Börje: "Så länge skutan kan
Elmo Glick/ Ben E King/ John Lennon: "Stand by
Michael had previously done a
show in 2001. Before hosting, he told
the press, "In my summer program, I'm going to tell
you about Uncle Gustav and Tant Greta, about the
Beatles, chopped potted plants and experienced words
and everything else that happens when you're not on
stage. The music will fall between Gullan
Bornemark and Prodigy."
The Beatles" "I’m Only Sleeping"
The Beatles" "I Need You"
Jakob Hellman: "Vackert Väder"
Etienne Daho: "Des Attractions Desastre"
Pugh Rogefeldt: "Finns Det Lite Stolthet Kvar Finns Det
Också Hopp Om"
Lou Reed: "Perfect Day"
Dead Kennedys: "Too Drunk To Fuck"
Cornelis Vreeswijk: "Tältet"
The Who: "Five Fifteen"
Eric Ericson: "Die Zauberflöte"
Soggy Bottom Boys: "I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow"
Savage Garden: "Crash And Burn"
The Beatles: "Glass Onion"
Nazareth: "Love Hurts"
Michael and I definitely agree on
Lou Reed's "Perfect Day" which I have on my
Trainspotting CD - and such an awesome film! And
in 1975 when I was living in Europe, I was deeply
addicted to Nazareth's "Love Hurts".