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I always try to find something I like about the bad guys and then try to find the mistakes and the flaws in the good guys.
I was very energetic and very small. I didn’t start growing until the last year of high school.
I take my work enormously seriously. When I do something, it has to feel right. Everything has to be right.
Being physical and doing my own stunts – it is fun to do these kind of films once in a while, especially before you get too old.
Once you do one bad guy, usually all you get offered is bad guys. But I’ve been able to do different things.
If you spend a week at a casino you will very easily see that people have a certain way of behaving in a casino.
I fancy myself at being pretty good at understanding a script and finding the weaknesses, and then making them more radical than they are. People tend to listen to me.
I have an enormous metabolism, so I’m lucky.
I was into sports and swimming as a kid and didn’t spend a whole lot of time sitting down. I was a gymnast.
When I was a kid, I wasn’t looking at the small-budget films myself. I was looking at ‘James Bond’ and all the major films, so I still have that energy. I still love those films.
I know a little about Greek mythology. It’s not that far away from the Nordic mythology.
I did a crazy version of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ once, and I played Romeo.
I choose work with the people I like to work with.
I vividly remember Charles Bronson’s face in ‘Chino.’ The western genre is screaming for a face like that.
If I was doing ‘The Hunt’ constantly, I would get very old, very fast.
I’ve always been interested in strange foods, coming from all different places.
I don’t want to be the stupid blond. I want to be an actor.
The whole Fannibal thing is predominantly something that happens in a world I don’t know about, which is the Internet.
Machiavelli had some cold tricks for people who wanted to be demagogues and wanted to take over the world.
England and Denmark have a sense of irony and a darker sense of humour that you don’t necessarily find in Germany and Sweden.
The physicality of any character is always split up into fast, slow, high energy, low energy, what kind of personality he has. So that’s where the physicality comes in. And flying through the air is just something you have to do if they ask you.
I’m terrified about psychic people who have their little shops. I always walk across the street and go somewhere else. Imagine if one of them came out with their face all pale and said, ‘Hurry up and enjoy yourself.’ No one wants to know that.
Predominantly I’m an Adidas guy who walks around in sports gear all the time because there’s always a ball right next to me somewhere. I do a lot of sports, but I do enjoy wearing a lot of suits.
I make an awesome soup with coconut milk and shrimps; it takes me five hours to prepare the whole thing. It does become very spicy, but you can definitely taste all the ingredients.
I don’t wear cologne. I do occasionally, but anytime I take a shower, I just put on deodorant. That’s basically what I smell like.
I can never wink at the audience.
We have no chance to comprehend what goes on there – it’s so dramatic, and people are so poor. We all felt bad about being there. Filming in India felt like we were going to borrow something knowing that we were never going to give it back.
A solid family, as they say. They join me on location if they have a chance, but I can also be home three or four months doing nothing, so I probably see my kids more than people who work constantly all year long. If that changes, we’ll have to have a family meeting.
Once you do one bad guy, usually all you get offered is bad guys.
I tend not to have any references to anything. I just jump into the script in front of me. If you reference too much, you have no idea if the performances are right.
In a way, we tried to make ‘The Salvation’ a contemporary film with contemporary emotions. At the same time, in the script, you get a feel that all the small talk is not a part of our universe. It’s more precise talk.
If people need to be informed by lines, then there’s no reason why the actor is saying the line except for information for the audience; I think there’s something wrong.
I became a dancer late and an actor late.
There’s been no real reason to move to LA. The stuff I’ve done for America has been done in Europe anyway. We made a decision early on that we’d find our base and not shake the children’s world as much as mine.
I watched westerns when I was a kid, like everybody else, but I wasn’t a total nerd or geek about it. I kind of fell in love with westerns heavily when I started watching Sergio Leone’s westerns.
I like ‘The Three Musketeers.’ I like those kind of cool things where they were having a robe and a sword.
I’m a big fan of film for one reason: because it is visual.
We are filmmakers, and we are specifically trying to entertain people.
I come from a culture where you don’t divide it up to what you can do on TV and what you can do on film.
I never really planned a career. I’ve tried to avoid it. I’ve tried to do this stuff I felt for, the stuff I like. So, I’ve just been meeting these fantastic directors who’ve offered me a variation of different parts and different films.
I can be intense in a lot of ways, but not the way you see the guy in ‘The Salvation.’
I’m very proud of ‘Valhalla Rising.’
I’ve been watching ‘Walking Dead’ with my son, and there is absolutely nothing in there I find shocking, but it’s cool, and I like it.
If I do my very best, then the camera and the audience will follow me, and eventually they will somehow feel like I feel. I don’t have to show it to them. I don’t have to speak it out loud.
There is a tendency to underestimate the power of what we can do without words. Sometimes you can make a scene even more powerful and precise without dialogue.
I was a very focused kid. I always had this crazy lifestyle… billions of jobs, two hours of gymnastics every day, handball, anything with a ball, really. I must have had ADHD or something. I was very energetic, and very small. I didn’t start growing until the last year of high school.
I’ve never been a big fan of making telepathy to the audience. That would be too much a wink in the eye. That would make people around me fools, right?
Actors are a race.
I’m not even on Facebook. I’ve got enough friends I never see. You know how you have a lot of friends you never call? I don’t have time for new friends, and I don’t want to be friends with someone only online.
I was not into sci-fi, science fiction, at all. I was into some of the old pirate films with Burt Lancaster and stuff. I liked them.
I don’t necessarily prefer playing villains. I know a lot of people say they are more fun, but if the scriptwriter has done their work well, you can find something realistic in a villain and find the mistakes in a hero – it’s all down to the writing.
I try not to carry any character back home because that would be extremely frustrating for my family.
We were in love with ‘Mean Streets’ and ‘Taxi Driver.’ We had no idea why nothing remotely like that was done in Denmark.
The day before I was famous in Denmark, nobody looked my way. The day after, everybody wanted to talk to me.
Danish film is spreading in a fantastic way.