Here is a link to the English translation of the cover article about Joel Kinnaman in Sweden’s Café Magazine. THANK YOU, Sabermom. This was a long one!
It is a must-read for all of us Kinnaman fans, and contains lots of interesting new tidbits.
The highlight for me was reading about how the Swedish gang works together.
COLLIDER: I definitely want to touch on the fact that you’re working or worked on, with your friend Daniel Espinosa, on Child 44 and you got to work with Tom Hardy. You got to work with a lot of people, and Gary again. What was that experience like?
KINNAMAN: It was great. Working with Daniel was like coming home in a sense. He’s one of my closest friend outside of work and we have a very special relationship. We would always be bickering and getting into fights on set and the whole crew is just standing there wondering what the fuck is going on and then were standing there wondering what the fuck is going on. We’ll stand there and yell at each other for two minutes in Swedish and nobody understands what we’re saying and then all the sudden we’re like “Oh, beautiful!” Then we’re both super happy and we go shoot this scene. And it was also a bunch of other Swedish actors that are also close friends of mine on the movie. It was a cool experience. I mean Safe House was that as well, but I was in that movie so little, in the end it was four days of shooting, but on this one it was a much longer haul and we got to take our Swedish playground- that’s what Daniel does, he takes our little Swedish playground and takes it on to the big stage. It’s a place where we can all reconnect. It’s also this thing when you’re working a lot on the international market, or the Anglo-Saxon international market, I’m always 90-95% of the time I’m away from everybody that I care about, so when Daniel makes a movie it becomes one of those two and half, three month periods where you just get to hang out with all your boys and that in itself has value.Read more at http://collider.com/joel-kinnaman-robocop-rating-child-44-run-all-night-interview/#CrEQjdBf9LTiVxgu.99
SvD Kultur, 2/3/14
Google translate from Swedish.
During one week, Joel Kinnaman three roles.
The hard schedule kept going to crack him.
-It was totally crazy, he says before Sweden Premiere February 7.
A dense smoke rising from Joel Kinna’s beaten body.
Hands, neck, head. From each run in Robocop costume pours smoke out and fills slowly trailer. Though under the helmet sits Joel Kinnaman, waiting for the heat to sink.
It’s been a hard day’s work . But no one would have imagined that the suit would be overheated.
- It was sick. The suit is similar to the Formula 1 drivers have. You have a box with ice and water as you plug in the forearm between shots. It is a cooling system that circulates water in the suit. Sometimes friends came to visit during filming and I could not take off my visor.
- So I was connected to a machine with a humming noise and smoke my electronic cigarette. The smoke was seeping out from all the different slots in the suit. People were terrified and wondered ” What the hell is going on? “. Haha.
Joel Kinnaman plays the lead role in ” Robocop ” , a new version of the classic from the 1980s where the character Alex Murphy survives an assassination attempt and wakes up in a robot body. Then we started. Bullets bounce off Kinna ‘s steel chest, bad apples caught on the fly from a racing hoj.
The director Jose Padilha, known from ” Tropa de elite ” knew what he was looking for.
- I did not need a movie star. I needed an actor, he says. One guy who could really portray. One can develop the skill, you can practice it, you can see a lot of movies. But either you have it or you have not. And Joel has it.
Joel Kinnaman had a tough schedule . The final stage of recordings he filmed while TV’s ” The Killing” and the Swedish movie “Fast Cash 2 ” .
The Swede commuted between Los Angeles and Vancouver.
- It was a completely crazy week . Robocop moved production to Vancouver to share my schedule with “The Killing”. I was exhausted from traveling. But you get used to and learn to sort the various emotions of the various characters.
TT : What was the most emotional scene?
- When Alex Murphy wakes up and realizes that he is a robot. He has existential angst and is suicidal. The moment when you have anxiety or fear of death is very physical. Everything is so strongly linked to the body and it also applies as an actor. Usually, I start with the body before feeling comes for real. Portraying these emotions with just his face was a challenge. But there are genuine tears in that scene and Gary Oldman helped me get there.
Gary Oldman - who in addition to the role in “Robocop” also plays against Joel Kinnaman in Daniel Espinosa’s upcoming film “Child 44” - is impressed with the Swedish film wave:
- Swedish actors are damn talented and have an amazing ear for languages and accents, he says. They’re more versatile than most other nationalities and can play everything from British to Russians to Americans. Sweden seems to be the part of the world where actors can capture the tone of almost all other languages. I have not seen it anywhere else.
'Tyrant' is the new TV series that Fares Fares will be co-starring in. Can't wait!
From the 1/17/14 digital edition of Entertainment Weekly.
FX has given a series order to drama “Tyrant,” from “Homeland” creator Gideon Raff. Series from Fox 21 and FX Prods. revolves around the son of a Middle Eastern dictator who returns to his home cou…
Fares Fares—Welcome to USA TV!
The Swedes invade! Joel Kinnaman, Fares Fares, Noomi Rapace and director Daniel Espinosa on the set of ‘Child 44’.
Prague, July 2013
A special thanks to the Tom Hardy bloggers for finding photos.
Easy Money (Snabba Cash), 2010. A Swedish film directed by Daniel Espinosa and starring Joel Kinnaman, Matias Varela, Fares Fares, and Dragomir Mrsic, is finally available for download from i-Tunes! $19.99 hi-def; $14.99 reg.; $4.99 for rental.
The DVD can also be purchased via Amazon. It is subtitled.
Easy Money Reviews, July 10-13, 2012
Entertainment Weekly—Easy Money is not merely an early-career curiosity. It’s one of the best underworld films I’ve seen in years…Kinnaman gives a fantastic performance in it.
Salon—“Easy Money” may well be the crime film of the year, or the decade…It features a star-making performance from the supremely handsome and immensely talented Swedish actor Joel Kinnaman, although Kinnaman is well on his way to that destination, even without this movie.
NY Times—“Easy Money” builds to a whopping finale that, without seeming to preach, bears out Mr. Espinosa’s statement: “Gangster films should always be moral stories.” … Joel Kinnaman — familiar as a sullen, scruffy police detective with a druggie past in the AMC series “The Killing” — does a riveting about-face.
Wall Street Journal—a smart dark thriller from Scandinavia: JW is played brilliantly by Joel Kinnaman
Christian Science Monitor—terrific crime thriller
Character is action, Scott Fitzgerald once wrote. It certainly is here.
Slate —Genre films this smart and character-driven don’t come along often on either side of the Atlantic:…Kinnaman is transfixing
USA Today—Easy Money is so sobering an example of why crime doesn’t pay that it could be shown to petty drug thugs to scare them straight…Kinnaman, a regular on TV’s The Killing, is pitch-perfect in the role, with his smooth good looks barely masking his desperate striving.
Indiewire—Easy Money lives up to its buzz.
Sleek, efficient and utterly engaging. [Indiewire did three additional 7/11 and 7/12 interviews and articles on Joel specifically].
National Public Radio—a top-drawer Scandinavian thriller.
The film’s protagonist is JW, compellingly played by Joel Kinnaman
LA Times— this splendid look at why crime doesn’t pay…
A compelling Kinnaman
Movieline—Espinoza’s storytelling transcends the language barriers… Before he skulked the streets of Seattle on The Killing and nabbed the role of Alex Murphy in the upcomingRoboCop reboot, Joel Kinnaman made a splash in his home country of Sweden
Filmonic—it’s a well-executed film with a moody, contemplative score, a trio of excellent performances, and a raw look into an intriguing world of drugs…Kinnaman’s performance is a highlight, giving JW an intelligence, hunger, and willingness to get his hands dirty for a payoff later.
Time Magazine- Espinosa wants you to realize, the deadliest class in Sweden is the uppermost, though their cruelty is expressed in whispers and jokes…A hot property, a rising director, a new star.
The Wrap- Don’t Miss This Sharp, Snappy, Scorsese-Approved Dazzler: Easily one of the summer’s best films
Fretts on Film- I wouldn’t be surprised if it turns out to be a summer sleeper…Kinnaman simmers charismatically as J.W.
Bullz-eye: “Easy Money” is an above average thriller worthy of the Scorsese stamp of approval…“Easy Money” has a gritty bleakness and a sense of the mundane details of the criminal life so often overlooked in Hollywood crime movies.
Reason: A Swedish crime thriller and a dark documentary about a human chameleon..The picture made a star out of Swedish-American actor Joel Kinnaman, and now we see why.
Joel Kinnaman Is Sweden’s Most Handsome Man
(by a landslide)
March 4, 2012
Sofis modes readers have spoken. Actor Joel Kinnaman is Sweden’s most handsome man 2013th
Had his breakthrough with the role as Frank Wagner in the film series about police Johan Falk.
Played key role in the “Snabba Cash” and got a Guldbagge 2011 for Best Actor.
Began his U.S. career with the TV series “The Killing.”
Source: SFI (Swedish Film Institute)
FLOKI. Gustaf Skarsgård describes his character in Vikings.
I wanted to beat him
They have known each other since adolescence, when their two gangs ran into each other in Vitabergsparken on Södermalm in Stockholm.
- “I was probably 14 and he 13 and I just wanted to beat him because he was happy,” says Joel, laughing at the memory. A few years later, in high school, they became best friends.
"He was the first that made me understand that this is a profession."
Joel Kinnaman on Gustaf Skarsgård
Aftonbladet, 8/23/08, Google Translate