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.