March 29, 2019

The production of  the 1997 film TIC TAC was the first time Michael worked with director Daniel Alfredson. A decade later, they would be reunited once more in two of the "Millennium" films.

The Swedish thriller, written by Hans Renhäll, tells the story of various people involved in small crime during one day and night in Stockholm. It was Sweden's submission for the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, but it did not get nominated. It won a Guldbagge Award for Best Film, Best Direction and Best Supporting Actor (Emil Forselius). Hans Renhäll was nominated for Best Screenplay. It also won the Don Quixote Award and FIPRESCI Prize at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Some critics have called the film "a Swedish Pulp Fiction". Michael plays the role of a restaurant bar owner.

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The Man in Red - 2009

This is a different orangey-red sweater than the one Michael wore at Cannes in 2009. It's a great color for him!


March 25, 2019

I've updated the "Books" section by adding the Norwegian version of Michael's autobiography. The title is very similar to the original Swedish version. It's called, "När barnet har lagt seg", published by Cappelen Damm in February 2010. Same cover photo.

At the time of the publication, Michael visited Oslo to promote his book. Thomas J.R. Marthinsen of ABC Dyheter reviewed the book. Here are some excerpts from that review:

"Nyqvist clearly has more talents than playing other people in front of the camera. He has written a naked, sore and straightforward depiction of the pursuit of his own identity... It's all told in a tight, emotionally neutral language. Sometimes the story should have had more meat, but mostly the short-haired language works to bring out the great lack that exists in the protagonist's life."

"The jumps made between present, past and the actor's life could have been more clearly defined. What comes on the next page often feels a bit random. In short, the book could be both longer and broader... It is probably the publisher who should take the blame for the book being no longer than it is. Perhaps they thought that it should be published as soon as possible, for there is no doubt that the author's career as an actor has contributed to the publication."

"Despite these objections, this is a nice small book. Michael Nyqvist demonstrates that he can write. But even more, he manages to show an adult life that is vulnerable, sensitive and difficult. He clearly shows that we all carry a children's edition of ourselves in our interior. This reviewer only wishes he had gotten a little more resistance, so it could surely have become an even better book."

An anonymous blogger wrote, "I have just attended the launch of Michael Nyqvist's book. It was a great event where Nyqvist talked with Vibeke Nilsen about topics from the book. Personally, I very much liked it when the author himself read the passages from the book. He put together a good selection of text from the book, and the parts he had chosen set a good mood for conversation between Nyqvist and Nilsen, though it never went into depth. Of course not. A room full of people may not be the setting to touch the most sensitive parts of an upbringing. But Michael Nyqvist is a charismatic man. It is easy to listen to him for over an hour. And definitely worth it."

The following photos were taken on his visit to Oslo. He looks quite tired in some of them, but that's to be expected when 2010 was an extremely busy year for him.


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On working outside of Sweden (2012 interview):

He is a permanent employee of the Dramaten, but in recent years Michael Nyqvist has been working in Hollywood. There it's about long work shifts and the atmosphere is radically different compared to Sweden. "In the United States, it is more isolated, and anxious," he says. When the homesickness becomes too strong, Michael Nyqvist listens to the sea weather report on P1 (Swedish radio). The sea and water have a great significance for him... He continues, "I am in the prime of life and if you get the opportunity to meet colleagues in other countries, then you should take the chance. I have filmed in South Africa, Taiwan, Chile, Prague, Dubai, Norway, Germany, Canada, New York and Denmark throughout the 21st century. It has been so much fun to see how others work."

Nyqvist believes that it is not the juicy Hollywood wages that have attracted him there. "I have been well paid in Sweden too, so that is not crucial," he says. He has discovered that the filming differs greatly between Sweden and Hollywood. "When we film in Trollhättan, for example, it resembles some sort of collision existence. In the United States, it is more isolated - and anxious. The actors are like large corporations. Or as an elite athlete, surrounded by coaches and dieticians. If you have dinner with a colleague, then you definitely do not talk about work. The attitude is that you can be stabbed in the back. I would never go and take a beer and talk shit about the director as we do in Sweden."

This is NOT a photo of Keanu Reeves and Michael talking shit about directors Stahelski and Leitch. (laughing)

An interesting piece of artwork of a "John Wick" poster -


March 3, 2019

In the summer of 2010 Hollywood decided to cash in on the success of the Stieg Larsson screen adaptations in Sweden. They wanted to create their own American version with "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo". Daniel Craig was chosen to play Mikael Blomkvist. At the time, Michael told the press, "Daniel Craig is just amazing. I'm very curious but I think he'll do a wonderful job. And if they miss what I feel is very Swedish in the way we did it, I think they're going to bring lots of other things to the story. When asked if he felt confident about the English translations of the books, he replied, "I love the English language. I think it's fantastic. Sometimes English describes things better than we do; on the other hand, we can describe some things better in Swedish."

Michael said the real challenge for an actor working on a screen adaptation of a book is how to reveal a literary character's inner life on screen. "Blomkvist is a good listener, has a great deal of empathy and is very intelligent. But, in a way, he's an invisible character. That challenged me enormously. He's actually a very difficult character to play."

His solution was nothing if not novel. Michael said, "Remember the film The Elephant Man? I thought of Mikael as the doctor and Lisbeth as the Elephant Man." [Don't you think our favorite Swede could have easily taken over Anthony Hopkins' role as Dr. Merrick?]

Then there were those aspects of the story that had merely to be hinted at, such as Blomkvist's womanizing. Michael said, "We had to take a lot of that out for the film because of time limitations. So I tried to express it with my eyes, the fact that perhaps you might think he's a womanizer."

I think he failed in giving that impression. For one thing, the hairpiece he was made to wear was God-awful and totally changed the shape of his head and handsome looks. I think the filmmakers thought revealing his bald spot would age him too much.

I've added about 25 photos to the Millennium Trilogy pages. Here's a couple on-location shots.

Plus I've added a few photos to the film's publicity events at various locations, such as these taken at Cannes. Michael really looked good with his tanned face and highlighted hair.