April 21, 2018
I don't have the year that Michael
lent his name to Artisans of Attire with the following
ad. Known to wear a various selection of bracelets, he
was a good choice for the Duxe Mfg. Co. I believe these
beauties are handmade by Julia Edlh.
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It's interesting that Hollywood
wanted to cash in on the success of Stieg
Larsson's "Millennium Trilogy", but their only
American version turned out to be "The Girl with the
Dragon Tattoo". Sony Pictures ultimately decided to skip
to the fourth book, "The Girl in the Spider's Web",
written by David Lagercrantz. The international cast
includes actors from the UK, Holland, Denmark, Sweden,
Luxembourg, Norway and the US. The film is set for a
November 9, 2018 release.
Swedish actor Sverrir Gudnason takes
on the lead role. You may recall that he starred with
Michael in "A Serious Game". At the time of Michael's
death, Sverrir said, "I think it's incredibly sad... He was
a very open actor and an incredibly nice person... How
he lived was reflected in his acting as well.
He was incredibly curious."
Certainly, Sverrir doesn't have the Nyqvist charisma but
it'll be interesting to see how he fills the shoes of
Mikael Blomkvist. The photo below is from a 2009
"Millennium" interview and if you click on it, you can
view the interview in English at the Italian web site,
I've posted a
2009 interview in which
Michael discusses his first book and his role in the
"Millennium" series. He says, "My idea with Mikael
Blomkvist was to show a man who's a good listener,
empathetic, wise and analytical. I also hope in this era
that intelligence should be sexy." Yes!
April 18, 2018
I attempted to do a translation of an
article in a 2013 issue of A6:an magazine, but I
had great difficulty so I'll just give an overview.
Those who understand Swedish can read the entire article
Michael does this interview at a
cafe in Stockholm with a great view of the water. He
looks relaxed and in good humor. He orders rose
wine. Earlier in 2013 he had his second book
published. Commenting on his books, he says, "I
think you should be personal but not private." Even though his book is very much about his life,
Michael feels much more embarrassed when he looks
out at a theater audience. He says, "The worst thing
you can do is fail 800 people. Then you are
unpleasantly blamed. When you write a book, it's
more school spirit." He admits he never reads his
book and film reviews lest they make him feel less
confident but he says it is, however, important to
He mentions that "life is
relatively short". How true! In just three years he
was battling lung cancer. Living next door to
Swedish poet Tomas Gösta Tranströmer, who won the
2011 Nobel Prize in Literature, he felt inspired to
write his books as well as try some poetry.
Rather than spend time in his
home in Roslagen where it's very quiet, Michael has
spent the summer in New York filming when it was
quite hot. He says, "We filmed when it was warmest.
The whole city was like a sweaty layer. I felt agony
between hopelessness and air conditioning."
He admits that he does not always
enjoy the public, people staring outside the door.
But when a couple of girls stop and wonder if their
father can take a picture, then he certainly answers
yes and laughs at the camera. He says, "At least
they did not think I was Persbrandt. It happens
After seeing these pictures, I
realized they were part of a photo shoot so I've posted
the others as well.
April 12, 2018
Last night I watched "Bang,
Bang, Orangutang" on Amazon Video and was
appalled at what a waste of money it was. Such a horrid
little film! Putting Michael's name on the DVD
cover/poster could be construed as false advertising. He
makes a 90-second appearance at the very beginning in a
scene that has no relationship to the rest of the film.
Michael plays a fired employee who's mad with rage at
his boss. He's a total nutcase with a handful of lines, which you'll probably never hear against a
booming God-awful soundtrack. Read my lips - stay away
from this one!
Michael had worked with Simon Staho
the year before in "Dag och
natt" once again with the director's favorite -
Mikael Persbrandt. I could relate to Persbrandt's somber
character in that film but here he acts like a complete
idiot. And in both films Persbrandt spends 90% of the
time in his car. If he's out of the car, the scenes are
shot on the road or in a parking lot. Obviously,
Michael's production designer wife would have nothing to
do on this assignment because there are no interior
scenes. I'm going to end the discussion here
because the movie is so annoying. For the record, Peter
Asmussen also co-wrote Lars von Trier’s pioneering 1996
Dogma piece "Breaking
the Waves" which I love, love, love.
April 10, 2018
Exactly one year ago The Michael
Nyqvist Archives was launched. Today this web site has
130 pages and over 4,000 images. It will continue to
expand in his honor.
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Adding to the press section is a
with Michael in Amsterdam in the summer of 2012. It's
not the first time that he has mentioned Italian actor
Marcello Mastroianni, but this time, he points out that
in the 1987 film "Occi Ciornie" ("Dark Eyes"),
Mastroianni's performance was pure perfection! Michael
is sure that he has not reached that level.
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New pages! In 1990 Michael did a
43-minute television film called "Pass"
in which he plays a photographer in a romantic drama.
Sixteen years later, director/writer Mikael Södersten
decided to take clips from his original film and create
a six-minute short called "White
Man's Blues". You can view the trailer
at this link to see a very young Michael, but
you might want to mute the sound because the music is
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This is a new photo taken a couple years
ago when Michael attended the premiere of "Colonia" in
Vienna, Austria. Great photo!
April 8, 2018
Lucky Nyqvist fans in Davis, CA area
have the chance to see "Så
som i himmelen" ("As It is in Heaven") on the
big screen this month. It will be shown at the
International House Davis on Friday, April 20th, as
part of their international film series. The film
received an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language
Back in 2008, Holland's Film by
the Sea Festival, held in Vlissingen, was
celebrating its tenth anniversary and the festival
audience was asked to choose their favorite film from
all those that had been screened since the festival
began. "As It is in Heaven" was the convincing favorite.
Michael was present to accept the Anniversary Audience
Award and was also the recipient of the Grand Actors
Award, which is presented to filmmakers or actors who
have made special contributions to the film industry.
Ben Kingsley, Stanley Tucci, Morgan Freeman and Claudia
Cardinale have also received this award. Michael was
both surprised and moved by the admiration that befell
on him and the film.
The Dutch festival's main focus is on
literary adaptations. In 2006, another Nyqvist film - "Äideistä parhain"
("Mother of Mine") received the Film & Literature
Award. Being honored with the prize reminded director
of a promise he made as a
young film student in Helsinki - the promise that he
would never adapt a book into a film. I, for one, am
glad he didn't keep that promise. This film also became
Finland's submission for Best Foreign Language Film at
the 78th Academy Awards.
fall the festival has selected one of Michael's more
recent films - "Du forsvinder" ("You Disappear").
It will be screened in their Film and Literature
Competition on September 15th. The film will also be
shown at the Cleveland International Film
Festival on April 9 and 10. It was Denmark's entry
for Best Foreign Language Film for this year's Academy
April 6, 2018
a new YouTube clip of Michael that was posted yesterday.
It's from Swedish comedian David Hellenius' TV show
called "Hellenius hörna" when Michael was a guest
on October 21, 2011. Having just completed action films
"Mission Impossible" and "Abduction", Michael had
returned to Sweden after extensive international travel.
After Michael spends time chatting with the host, they
do a humorous action scene together with Michael pulling
a gun on Hellenius and then chasing him out the door and
finally down the road in a helicopter. Hilarious! Check
at this link.
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Last week Gerry Butler posted a photo
of himself and Michael taken a couple years ago when
they took a helicopter ride to the set when filming "Hunter
Killer" (due in theaters on October 26, 2018).
April 5, 2018
Being a fashion plate, it comes as no
surprise that Michael was seen in some ads from Mouli,
a Swedish brand of men's clothing. Here are some of the
ads and photo shoots from 2009 to 2016. The last photo
shows Michael at a Mouli event with son Arthur and
friends, probably around 2009.
April 3, 2018
Last week I finally received my DVD
of "Du forsvinder"
(You Disappear) with English subtitles. I would have
preferred writing some positive remarks here about the
screen adaptation of the bestselling Christian Jungersen
novel but alas, it was a challenge to view this film as
any sort of entertainment or even as educational. Mostly
there was a heap of psychobabble going on and the
courtroom testimony scenes were better suited for
discussion fodder for medical and psychiatric students.
film's thrust is a philosophical exploration of
identity, individuality, moral responsibility and
whether there is such a thing as free will.
It is interesting to note that Peter Schønau
Fog actually gave this director's statement
- "It is probably fair to say that You Disappear
is a demanding movie. It demands of its audience that
they let go of conventional ideas of what a movie should
be and instead view it with no preconceived notions –
welcoming You Disappear as a life experience."
Sorry, but it doesn't work.
Frederik Halling (Nikolaj Lie Kaas)
is a private school principal who discovers he has a
brain tumor and is further charged with embezzling
12 million kronor from his school.
lawyer Bernard Bergman (played by Michael) argues that
his client's behavior was caused by this orbitofrontal tumor. The film
switches between the courtroom and family scenes in
which we learn how Frederik's behavior has affected his
wife Mia (Trine Dyrholm) and his son Niklas. Due to the
non-linear narration, the audience becomes tangled in a
maze of confusion in understanding the course of events
and, therefore, isn't given an accurate portrait of their
marriage and family life. To make matters even more
complicated, Mia and Bernard, whose wife has also
suffered a brain injury in a car accident, begin their own torrid affair even
though each claim to have a stronghold on fidelity. For Nyqvist fans, you will love the sexual energy in these
adulterous scenes so perhaps it might be worth buying the DVD!
Much attention and praise has been given to the lead
actress Trine Dyrholm but I was mesmerized by the
excellent performance by Meike Bahnsen, who plays Laerke,
Bernard's wife. Ms. Bahnsen expertly captures both the
childlike innocence and wild behavior of a brain-injured
person while Michael reveals the tenderness and
frustration of caring for his beloved.
April 1, 2018 - Easter Blessings
March 27, 2018
In May 2013 Michael had just finished
shooting "Min så kallade pappa" (My
So-Called Father) and was asked to meet buyers during
the Cannes Film Festival. During one of his interviews,
he shared his interest in doing a Coen brothers film,
which showed his penchant for quirky humor. I wonder if
he had a favorite. Mine would definitely be "Raising
Arizona" (1987). When asked about his success since
doing the Millennium trilogy, he replied, "Yes, I'm
recognized now, wherever I go. People come to me to talk
offers, ask for autographs or simply stare."
And what are foreign
journalists curious about? He answered, "They want to
know what I'm working on or something about Sweden or
'Millennium' and if I know Ingmar Bergman. Then I
usually say he is dead and then they say, 'huh'." Since
he worked with both Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, a
reporter wanted to know whom he likes more. A sticky
question. He laughed and replied, "I like them both.
Katie is wonderful. I recently lived in New York while
filming the 'Zero Hour' TV series, and Katie and I would
hang out and talk about life." Lastly, he describes the
whole Cannes scene as "breathtaking" but personally
prefers to stay away from the red carpet.
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The photos below were taken
at the premiere of "Safe House" on February 13, 2013 in
March 24, 2018
HUNTER KILLER, one of
Michael's last films, will receive a wide release this
fall! The action thriller, starring Gerard Butler, Gary
Oldman, Common and Linda Cardellini, will hit American
theaters on October 26th. Directed by Donovan Marsh, the
screenplay was adapted by Arne Schmidt and Jamie Moss
from the 2012 Don Keith and George Wallace novel,
"Firing Point". Butler plays an untested American
submarine captain named Joe Glass who teams with Navy
SEALS to rescue the Russian president after he is
kidnapped. Michael plays Captain Sergi Andropoyov,
commander of a Russian submarine.
The film has had a quirky journey to
the big screen. It was originally developed at
Relativity Media in 2015 before the company filed for
bankruptcy protection. It then became the object of a
fierce dispute. Millennium subsequently took over the
project and the film was shot in London during the
summer of 2016. Millennium then sold off the North
American rights to Lionsgate.
This is a photo Michael took on
location of his uniform in his trailer.
March 22, 2018
I found more photos from the 2014
film, "DAYS AND NIGHTS".
It's amazing that such a prestigious cast signed up for
this Chekhovian script by actor/writer/director
Christian Camargo. In my opinion, it's the worst film
Michael has ever made - so pretentious but mostly
boring. One movie critic cited it as the "single most
insufferable film of 2014" and wrote, "This is the worst
kind of art, deriving all of its meaning from the
cultural cache of other, older, works. There is nothing
wrong with intellectualism in cinema, but here, pages
and pages of Chekhov can’t paper over a fundamentally
empty core." With such a plethora of negative reviews, I
was surprised by what David Friend of Vanity Fair
wrote. You had to wonder if he saw another version. He
wrote, "Camargo's film, with a haunting score by Claire
van Kampen, and one of the most delightfully cacophonous
dinner-table scenes in memory, is that rare discovery
that is usually beyond the means of the medium: a
tragedy for a contemporary audience, brimming with
sparkling dialogue, pathos, and, mercifully, humor."
Movie critic Nicholas Bell of
Ioncinema had nothing good to say about the cast noting
that some cast members gave "rather bizarre,
over-the-top turns like Michael Nyqvist, and
particularly William Hurt as the dying brother, at one
point slapping on a wig in a scripted moment of
delirious silliness." There was a time back in the old
days when I wouldn't miss a William Hurt performance but
here he's unbearable to watch.
For Michael, perhaps filming at the
abandoned theater camp in Kent, Connecticut had some
perks. Co-star Katie Holmes, just weeks from giving
Cruise the axe, said, "It was a lot like camp. It was
this tiny little town with one chocolate store and a
little tiny bookshop." The director told the press about
the sense of camaraderie the cast enjoyed while living
and working together during filming. He said, "We went
swimming, we went canoeing, we had cookouts. It wasn't
the sort of studio environment where everyone goes home.
We were there the whole time." I think this must be the
closest I have ever been to Mr. Nyqvist, who was about
53 miles from my home.
When interviewing director Camargo,
Nick Leyland from The Movie Network told him that one
thing he was hoping for was that Camargo would have
given Jean Reno a thick Boston accent or something
because his French accent is so... The director agrees -
"I know, the accent, and then Michael Nyqvist was from
Sweden. I had to rewrite a few things to sort of
get their mouth around certain things. It didn't start
off this way, but I'm so happy that we have this
international kind of feel to it, because it sort of
breaks it out about being too preciously American, if
that makes any sense."
An especially handsome photo -
I do think the photo below was an
interesting idea - having the director seated around the
table reading the story just as in the 1898 photo of
Here's an animated gif featuring a
scene with Allison Janney. Happy to see Ms. Janney win
an Oscar earlier this month. Wonderful actress. Loved
her in "American Beauty" (1999).
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The "Press" section has two more
interviews translated from German. They were both done
in 2015 during Michael's publicity tour for "100
Code". The first one took place in Munich for
Madame magazine and
the interviewer makes mention that Michael has an
excellent sense of humor and an open nature. Those are
very attractive qualities. I often sense that he's both
sweet and even naive at times like when he confesses
that when he gets drunk, he becomes melancholic and
almost cries. That's my kind of man! The
second one was for Sky
when Michael was in Vienna. Again, he talks about the
differences between Americans and Europeans and brings
up the fact that Americans don't always use their fork
and knife. And that is so true. When I lived abroad many
years ago, I had to learn to eat pizza and sandwiches,
such as the Dutch uitsmijter, with a fork and knife. My
husband continues the custom.
March 17, 2018
Two interviews have been added to the
MNA. The first one was
done in 2013 after Michael's second book was published
with much of the conversation focusing on "Dansa för
oss". The second interview
took place in March 2015 during the shooting of "100
Code" in Stockholm. Being that today is St. Patrick's
Day in America, it seems appropriate to share this
snippet about Michael's language coach who happens to be
Irish. This story appears in both interviews: For
his role in "Mission Impossible", Michael relates, "I
told him that I would use classical Oxford English. It was easy enough I
thought. 'It's very hard,' he said. But I thought I
could easily do that. So he asked me to read a page from
'King Lear'. I read. I asked if he liked it. Then he
said, 'Michael, it's better to have a good shit than a
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During his lifetime, Michael spoke of
his Christian faith on several occasions. In a 2009
interview, he described his vision of God as "the
feeling of wonder, love, empathy and the beautiful".
He confesses, "I began with a baby faith but the image
of God has naturally matured. I have been in analysis,
played theater, had children, traveled and become
familiar with different religions." He told the press
that he has shared his faith with his children, taken
them to church and talked about Jesus and how he lived.
Michael admitted in the end that when it comes to faith,
he would rather be surprised by God. And I'm sure he
March 13, 2018
was interviewed in the October 2005 issue of Runner's
World magazine. This is an overview of what he
discussed. He began exercising as a teenager and has
since included judo, aikido, volleyball, and soccer. He
does yoga as well but admits it's not a sport. Running
has always been important to him. He tries to run about
four times a week, usually eight miles. He prefers
Hellasgården (a leisure area outside of Stockholm) but
mostly runs around Södermalm
He says, "Yes, I subscribe to
Runner's World. When I read it, I think there are
friends out there. It's fun to read about all the
different training programs. It's inspiring. Running is
central to me. There's something original about running,
pure stone age joy, I think. Every time I'm out, I get
that feeling, how happy and healthy I am."
He had planned to run a marathon with
a couple of his friends - actors Figge Norling and Hasse
Lindqvist. However, during one of his last performances
in the play "Terrorism", he injured his leg. He
explained, "I played an idiotic and incredibly
near-sighted fireman sitting on the floor with crossed
legs in a yoga position and then 19 kilos of Torkel
Pettersson fell on one knee. When I left the scene, it
felt like the lower leg was loose. At first I thought it
was meniscus and went for an X-ray, but it was the
ligament. At about the same time, Figge discovered that
there would be no marathon walk so it didn't matter."
Michael always brings jogging shoes
with him when he travels. He explained, "Running is good
for my psyche. When you get up to my age, it doesn't
matter what you do because you look the same anyway. So
now it's more about keeping your body together, making
sure that everything is working."
The photo below shows Michael running
in November 2012.
March 11, 2018
month marks the first anniversary of this web site. It
is my goal to complete the Archives covering all of
Michael's film, television and theater work. It can
sometimes be depressing when you realize there will
never be any "new" work. I had a friend who created the
Alan Bates Archives and after Mr. Bates passed away in
2003, she continued to keep it online for several years.
I now understand that kind of commitment and the sadness
that goes along with it.
continue to add new television pages although some have
limited information. The following have been added:
På sista versen
(1999) and Bekännelsen
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recent Collider interview with Bobby Moresco,
creator/director of 100 Code,
he was asked, "How was it to tell a story that spans
between New York and Sweden, especially with actors like
Dominic Monaghan and Michael Nyqvist?" He responded,
"They’re fantastic actors. Michael Nyqvist, God rest
him, was as talented an actor as I’ve ever worked with.
What a great guy." Remember it premieres on WGN
America on Tuesday, May 29 at 10/9c.
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across a new photo of Michael as Prime Minister
Verwoerd in the 2017 Madiba
TV series. He looks so distinguished.
March 9, 2018
I'm sure many of you have viewed the
YouTube video of Michael on the Alex Schulman
Show back in 2013. It's in Swedish. Toward the end
of the show, Michael speaks a little English when he's
asked to relate a funny story about Michelle Pfeiffer at
the 2009 Cannes festival. Hilarious!
Alex Schulman is a journalist and
radio/television personality and that same year he put
on a show called "Alska Mig!" at the Maximteatern. The
following photos show Michael at the premiere on March
7th along with Alex's brother Calle, who's much shorter
than Alex but quite a look-alike.
Also, at the Maximteatern on October
19, 2016 was the premiere of "Macbeth" starring
Mikael Persbrandt. The last photo is a close-up of
the second one. Michael is now living with the
knowledge of his lung cancer and you can detect deep
sadness in his face. The woman in the first photo
with Michael and Catharina is Agneta Villman, a
Swedish theater producer and director.
The photos below show events
sponsored by Ms. Villman. The first one was taken at the Medea
Theater Prize event in 2015 and the second was at a
celebration party for Villman Productions in 2010. The last
photo is from the 2005 play, "Geten eller vem
är Sylvia" at the Vasteatern showing Michael with actor
Albin Flinkas. Ms. Villman posted this photo on
Instagram last summer after Michael died.
March 5, 2018
Scandinavian media expressed their disappointment that
Hollywood did not include Michael in their Memoriam
at the Oscars last night. And rightly so. When the
Academy includes names of hair stylists and publicists,
how many people among the millions watching have ever
heard of these people? Besides Michael, there were
several other famous celebrities omitted such as Dorothy
Malone, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe, Glen Campbell and
Jim Nabors. And Michael went on to become world famous
with the Millennium Trilogy. Aftonblad's film
expert Jan-Olov Andersson finds it strange that his
countryman was not remembered. He writes, "There were
really many I've never heard of before and Michael
Nyqvist has made films with both Tom Cruise and Keanu
Reeves. He was also featured in a series of smaller
American films and was a well-known name in the industry
in the USA."
New Zealand journalist Tim Wilson
also questions the omission of Nyqvist: "It hurts me
that so wonderful an artist like him is not honored,"
Journalist Brendan Morrow writes,
"Michael Nyqvist was a great Swedish actor who had been
on the rise in recent years, but tragically died in June
2017 at just 56 years old. Though he appeared in many
Swedish films, Nyqvist starred in some extremely popular
American movies over the past decade as well, including
John Wick and Mission: Impossible – Ghost
Protocol. But sadly, no mention of Nyqvist was made
during the show."
March 4, 2018
added a new
article/interview to the press section that was
published on October 19, 2014. Michael discussed his
weaknesses and lack of confidence and while reading it,
I could understand why he succeeded so well in
interpreting the insecure CEO in "Om Stig Petres
Hemlighet". In the interview, he explains how he
takes on a role and pours it through his own personal
filters. There was definitely a strong connection
between Michael and Henrik, the factory owner.
There are some new additions to that
film page - production photos such as this one.
Check them out here.