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When you google “Joel Kinnaman,” the search engine finishes your sentence for you. Didn’t you mean to write “Joel Kinnaman shirtless”? Or “Joel Kinnaman girlfriend” instead? Clearly, the half-American, Swedish-born actor has the looks to be America’s next big crush. But after seeing his performance in AMC’s The Killing, and now, in the Swedish crime-thriller Easy Money (released stateside this week by the Weinstein Company and flaunting Martin Scorsese’s imprimatur), any doubts about the thirty two year old’s acting ability should be put to rest. Kinnaman can play both dreamy and (a little) creepy at once—an amazingly deft combination to pull off. Like with Jonny Depp or Matt Damon, you always sympathize with his characters (in Easy Money he plays an aspiring business student who ends up in the cocaine trade) but you’re never entirely sure if you should.
When I talked to Kinnaman, he was in LA prepping to lead the new Robocop reboot. With a career poised for take-off (and ass-kicking, and heart-stealing), he was nevertheless relaxed and thoughtfu, telling me about his upbringing on the Stockholm streets, what he loves (and hates) about America, and what it’s really like inside the Robocop suit.
First off, congratulations on Easy Money, it’s an awesome film. I know after that project Daniel Espinosa went on to make Safe House and you started work on The Killing for AMC. How important was the buzz around Easy Money for launching your American career?A lot of people think that, but I actually came to America before Easy Money was released. I did the rounds here and nobody had a clue who I was. And then I got cast in The Killing, and a month later Easy Money came out in Sweden. But it didn’t really catch that much international attention until they had the market screenings in Berlin. Then all the buzz picked up, which certainly didn’t hurt my case.
The Stockholm of the film is this seedy, neon world of thugs, strippers, and heavy-thumping electro. Totally different from most people’s postcard image of Scandinavia. Is that a Stockholm you recognize—or knew growing up?Definitely. I grew up on the south side of Stockholm, which when I was young was a working class neighborhood. Now it’s completely gentrified, kind of like the Lower East Side. But when I was young it was pretty rough.
Did you hang out in nightclubs a lot as a teenager?Yeah, I started working in clubs when I was sixteen. Spending time in that world you see a lot. I knew Stockholm and the nightlife very well, which is very close to what we see in the movie.
So you didn’t hobnob with yuppies like your character? Well, I came from the South Side, and we hated the kids that came from the East Side, the rich kids. So yeah, it was difficult for me to play someone aspiring to be like those people. I personally didn’t know anybody from the upper class as a kid. Part of the performance that is missed in the subtitles is that JW changes his dialect with everyone he’s around. He’s like a chameleon, and can impersonate both the street and upper class dialects.
Did you always want to be an actor? It was something that came to me when I was around twenty. Gustaf Skarsgård, Alexander’s younger brother, is my best friend. He got into the national acting school when he was young. Meanwhile, I had been traveling; working odd jobs in construction or bartending to make enough for the next trip. I’d been away for about two years, and when I came back he was deep into this acting thing. I just had a feeling it was something I wanted to try. He helped me and I applied to the school. I didn’t get in, but I got to the final round of auditions which gave me enough courage to keep going. Then I got into another school and I got a part in a movie.
And coming to America, has that been in your sights for a while?I got out of acting school in 2007 and was starting to get confident in what I could do. I got a lead in a big play, Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment at the National Theater; I played Raskolnikov. It got really good reviews, and after that, a lot of directors wanted to work with me. I went on a pretty insane work streak; I did nine features in sixteen months. This in a country that only releases twenty films a year. Easy Money was the last one I worked on. After that, I kind of understood it was time for me to try something new or I would saturate the market! It was the perfect time to come to the States. My father’s American, so I didn’t have to play the German campguard who says “You go to ze left!” (Laughs) Coming here was an inspiring experience, and at the same time I knew I left Sweden in a good position there.
Is there anything you love or hate about this country?I really love the States. It’s a country of contrasts for me. There’s a lot of things that frustrate me here. People here need to pay more taxes, for one. You can’t take property taxes and base education on that, it’s just going to cement the class system. So a lot frustrates me politically here. But I love the people. It’s a land of opportunity.
You just got cast in Robocop and I have to ask you, have you tried on the suit yet?I have. It feels a little itchy (laughs). I’m joking. It looks pretty fucking cool, and I know it’s going to look even cooler on screen.
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The hotel in Stockholm, where the TT spectra hits Joel Kinnaman is a short distance from the Stureplansliv as his role character JW in Fast Cash did everything to become a part of. 2010, he made a success in fast cash and was rewarded later with a Guldbagge.In August, the premiere of the sequel, Fast Cash 2nd - Going back to an old role is like reading a favorite book. It is history but find new things and find that other things are not as important anymore.It's quite pleasant.
The international breakthrough came two years ago with the American television series The kid that is based on the Danish offense. The series was praised, particularly in television and film industry, and suddenly opened a door for Kinnaman.He played in Daniel Espinosa film Safe House with Denzel Washington and had a minor role in The girl with the dragon tattoo.
The kid is now down after two seasons but Kinnaman is not likely to be short of work. In March it became clear that he will star in the remake of cult movie Robocop from 1987, which will be his biggest role to date. - You can not compare with anything. I make more than half of my scenes with Gary Oldman. I am so proud and happy about it.
Something he is not as proud of is The Darkest Hour, alien movie in 3D, which was cut by many critics.
He accepted the role because he, after watching Avatar, wanted to make a 3D film.But another thing that helped was that he had been in Hollywood for almost six months without getting any roles. - It was five months of constant adversity. I was refused more than a man becomes a lifetime. Twice a day I was told "Sorry, we do not like you."
Although he has lived in Los Angeles on and off for a couple of years, he feels not quite at home. Usually, he is only there a few weeks in shock and most of the time spent on jobs. But he gets time he goes to dinners, parties and socialize with the other "Hollywood Swedes", Alexander Skarsgard, Who Stole, Gustaf Skarsgard, Daniel Espinosa and Matias Varela, among others. - We are often using different times but we support each other, talking about each other at meetings and such.We take strength from the group.
It was at Backa Theatre in Gothenburg that he had his breakthrough as an actor when he portrayed Raskolnikov in Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment 2007th And longing for the stage remains. - I can not wait and am terrified. It is ten times scarier to stand in the theater than in Örebro to record Robocop. - While I'm in The Kid, I can do theater. But I have to do it for my development. Now it is a fear, and I have to kill.
Age: 32 years.
Lives in: Los Angeles and Stockholm.
Background: Malmö Theatre Academy (2003-2007), feature film debut in the detective film The Invisible (2002), played Frank Wagner of John Falk movies and Sverker Karlsson in the movies about Arn. Award for Best Actor in fast cash.
Current project: fast cash 2 which premieres August 17, the second season of the television series The kid, Lola Versus (2013), and starred in nyfilmatiseringen of Robocop.
Kinnaman about ...
Fast cash ... 2: - I am proud and happy. Several of the actors are taking big strides. I am impressed by Babak Najafi (director, Ed. Note.). He is inspiring and a master cutter.
The kid ...: - It has an un-American tone and imagery that is cinematic. Here the Americans their melancholy pages saturated in their home language.
... Your friend and director Daniel Espinosa: - Although I have worked with many great directors, he is the I prefer working with. He's masterpiece in itself and those who know me best. It is with him I will do my best stuff.
... The alleged relationship with Olivia Munn: - I rather not talk about it. It is better not to talk about that other stuff.
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