Since the very beginning of cinema, Sweden has stood strong with talents throughout the decades, with talents such as the absolute icon of film direction in Ingmar Bergman, plus modern director Lukas Moodysson, then timeless acting icons such as Greta Garbo, Ingrid Bergman, Britt Ekland, then onto the ever sexy Lena Olin, the talented Peter Stormare, amongst a whole host of other talents that are still very much in rotation, such as Alicia Vikander, Malin Akerman, Stellan Skarsgaard, Alexander Skaarsgard, Bill Skarsgaard (new IT), Mikael Persbrandt and now sadly though, today spells the end of the road for esteemed character actor Michael Nyqvist, who has sadly passed away from lung cancer just yesterday, which was announced today by his family.
Michael Nyqvist was born Rolf Ake Mikael Nyqvist in Stockholm, Sweden, in an orphanage, and it wasn’t until he was one years old, that he was adopted by a Swedish couple, the father, a lawyer and the mother, a writer. So, it seems befitting that he would also end up in the arts. And, that he surely did, and it wasn’t until he had his own first child that he decided to find his birth parents. His mother was Swedish and his father, an Italian Pharmacist. That’s quite a story in itself, but what he will be most remembered for is the amazing portrayals as a character actor in so many wonderful films. So, without further a due, let’s look at one of his showreels from 2010, showing that he was a real actor’s-actor, taken away, way before his time.
That epic scene where he sits on the sofa in his underwear is from the wonderfully endearing Swedish film, entitled ‘Together‘ (2001), but was released in Sweden in the year of 2000, where he plays an alcoholic and abusive father in the midst of a divorce, that naturally affects his two young children, who subsequently move into a Hippy commune in the year of 1975 with their shaken mother, around the time of the death of Spanish dictator, Franco.
The film directed by Lukas Moodysson won critical acclaim in film festivals across the world and it did very well, turning into a modern-day cult classic. Superseding expectations and in essence further launching both the careers of Mikael Nyqvist and Lukas Moodysson, in a major way. Since the film surely struck the heart ventricles of any human being with a heart within them, so should you decide to watch it, be prepared for one of the most memorable films in recent times. In playing the character of ‘Rolf‘, he was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor at the Swedish Guldbagge Awards, plus also picked up the Best Actor Award at ‘The Gijon International Film Festival’. Not bad, eh? Since he was truly great and greatness will always be rewarded in time, as it always is and always will be. Check out the original Swedish trailer now!
But then now, let’s see the American trailer, since we wouldn’t leave you without even more of an insight into this epic film, would we? Have a gander, then!
Since then, you may have recognised Mikael Nyqvist crossing over to independent Hollywood films, such as in Disconnect, another great film in recent years, starring alongside Alexander Skarsgaard. However, he may be most recognisable for his role in The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo trilogy, playing the role of journalist Michael Blomkvist. These three films were based on the novels by the same name, written by the late great author Stieg Larson (buy here). But, in the breakout success of this trilogy of films, Mikael Nyqkvist was very much put on the Hollywood map and this garnered him further commercial roles.
Before his death, he was even earmarked to play the role of the horrible Swedish socialist politician Olof Palme (assassinated), a role which he would have played so well, not because he’s was a socialist (we suspect), but because he’d give the role everything that he had to give, as he did with all his roles.
So, there you have it! Another great character actor that’s gone way too soon. We’d like to send our thanks to Michael Nyqvist for inspiring so many in the film world and our thoughts are with his family at this time.
We will now leave you with a YouTube tribute that we found today, a little earlier on. We will miss you and your work. May your soul rest in peace and you lived a truly wonderful life.
Brainstain, over and out!
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