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Just like the start of the past few years, we wonder if in the months ahead we'll see the latest from Terrence Malick, who is currently sitting on two films; an untitled Austin music scene set movie, and "Knight Of Cups." Will they screen at Cannes or perhaps be split up and hit a couple of different festivals? Your guess is as good as ours, though Malick's protege A.J. Edwards—the director behind the very Malick-y "The Better Angels" (our review), which the reclusive filmmaker put his name on as producer—seems to think they will indeed arrive sometime in 2014.
“Terrence Malick was always a phone call away," Edwards said during a Berlin Film Festival press conferenceabout Malick's participation in this film. "He was shooting his two pictures at the time, that’ll be released this year. He was most important in the beginning of the project, the origins of it, mostly through conversations, while we were editing 'The Tree of Life' together. This is before the treatment and the screenplay, just talking about an approach and production fundamentals, what the meaning is—'The Better Angels' being his two mothers that guided him to immortality through their goodness. Because of his other pictures, he wasn’t on set or in the cutting room, because of his other obligations, but his friendship and his encouragement is long-lasting and so important in the film.”
Anyway, we'll see if that prediction comes through, and in the meantime, revel in yet another anecdote about Malick's particular style, which finds known faces reciting a lot of material, while the director points the camera somewhere else. "RoboCop" star Joel Kinnaman stopped by Collider to promote the upcoming remake, and shared a story about his memorable time on "Knight Of Cups."
"I shot one day on 'Knight Of Cups,' and I had a 17-page monologue. And Christian Bale, who I was playing opposite—who had a lot of lines that would lead me into the next three pages—he hadn't seen his pages. So when we started shooting, he'd just walk off, and I'd be chasing him saying all this stuff, when he was actually the one who was supposed to be interested, and that's the reason that I was talking," Kinnaman explained. "And then into page nine of my monologue, I'd turn around and see Terry like a 150 yards away shooting some pink dog running around. It was indeed a very interesting experience. I have no idea what that film is."
No word yet on if Kinnaman or the pink dog will make the final cut.
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Another interview, but it adds a few more insights from Joel
Although the idea of remaking director Paul Verhoeven's classic 1987 sci-fi satire "RoboCop" may seem blasphemous to some, its ideas about technology, man-vs.-machine, ruthless corporate greed and the militarization of civil society are just as relevant today as they were more than a quarter-century ago. Wisely, Brazilian director Jose Padilha ("Elite Squad") has adapted the original's concepts to a modern setting and, most importantly, found Joel Kinnaman to make the role of Alex Murphy/RoboCop his own while honoring the legendary portrayal by Peter Weller.The Swedish-American Kinnaman toiled in Swedish TV, theater and films before landing a breakout role in "Easy Money" (known in Sweden as "Snabba Cash"), the first of several collaborations with director and fellow Swede Daniel Espinosa ("Safe House"). But what put him on the map for U.S. audiences was his portrayal of Detective Stephen Holder in the AMC series "The Killing," which will end its run with six final episodes this year on Netflix. He'scurrently working with Espinosa again, along with Tom Hardy, on "Child 44," a thriller about a series of child murders in the Stalin-era Soviet Union.
Along the way, he's also been a finalist to play both Thor and Mad Max, which may have helped pave the way for his first Hollywood leading role in "RoboCop." Moviefone sat down with Kinnaman to discuss why he didn't want the iconic role at first, working 14 hours a day in the costume, and which superhero he might like to play one day.
Moviefone: You said earlier today that when you first heard about this, you didn't think it was the right fit for you. Why not?
Joel Kinnaman: Well, I think when you first hear of the idea of a remake being made of "RoboCop," there's a lot of bad ways to remake a movie and a lot of wrong reasons why. And I hadn't heard anything more about than they were going to remake it. That didn't appeal to me in any way. But then I heard that it was Jose that was going to do this film, and I was very familiar with his work, I had seen his documentary "Bus 174" and I saw both of his "Elite Squad" movies in the theater in Sweden so I was a huge fan of his work and I thought that he was one of the most interesting directors out there, who always had a very strong social and political commentary and point of view in his films and always top notch acting and a very, in my opinion, very interesting and beautiful visual style that was both poetic and very gritty.
So when I heard that they chose this guy to remake "RoboCop." I knew that he was going to have a very interesting take on it. I also knew that he made a lot of money on "Elite Squad 2," so he doesn't have to take a job because of money or anything, he wants to take it because he has a passion for filmmaking and telling stories that he feels has value for our society, and of course also great entertainment.
When I heard that he wanted to sit down with me, first I was amazed that he even knew who I was and I was so honored that he wanted to meet me. I was just kind of blown away by his vision of the story that he wanted to tell using the concept of "RoboCop." I just thought it was brilliant.
Did you watch the original again at any time during casting or production, or did you purposely try and stay away from it?
No, no. I mean, I was a huge fan of the original movie. And that's also why I was a little hesitant or it didn't appeal to me at first because I thought the first film was -- I'd seen it probably 20 to 25 times before I even heard of this remake. But after I read the script too and after Jose was telling me what he wanted to do with it, it was very obvious that Alex Murphy's journey was completely different. He was going through a very different thing and that he was sort of a different person in this one than he was in the first Verhoeven one. And they're also two filmmakers that have such different tones so I didn't feel the need to stay away from the original and all.
Have you ever met or had a chance to talk with Peter Weller?
Ihaven't. I'd love to meet him though. I think he's a phenomenal actor and still putting out really interesting and great work. I was such a fan of both when he did this and in "Naked Lunch." He's a great actor.
This is the first time you've had to really work with effects and this kind of intensive costuming. How does it affect you when you're inside this thing for 14 hours a day?
It's both very taxing and it's limiting in a sense but that was also sort of the gift that came with it. I would sit on set and kind of become a little introvert and I wouldn't feel as loose and wanting to talk with other people, because I was in this big constricted thing and I couldn't really turn around. I also didn't have any other clothes on underneath really. I had this sort of unitard underneath so I'd feel a bit naked. And that became sort of a pathway to a train of thought that led me to understand some of Alex's vulnerability that he felt after he became RoboCop. I thought that was interesting because he had such a new powerful body but the vulnerability and the nakedness that he would feel without a real body, that was key to my performance in a way. I was surprised that the ideas of how that would feel would come through wearing the suit.
Most of your work has been really character driven, but you also auditioned for "Thor" and for the new "Mad Max." So those larger-than-life franchise characters have an appeal to you as well, right?
Yeah. I was living in Sweden and working in Sweden in theater and doing small Swedish movies, and then all of a sudden they threw a wide casting net for Thor and they asked pretty much everyone that had ever been onstage to put himself on tape, which I didn't even know what that was when they asked me to do that. Put myself on tape, what does that mean? Oh, film myself -- I'd never done that before. So I did that and I sort of got into the running of Thor. Actually I put myself on tape and sent it off and didn't hear anything about it.
And then two or three weeks later my sister tells me, "Hey, we just had (British newspaper) The Guardian in our office and there's a picture of you and three other guys they said are the runners-up to play Thor. I was like, "Oh really? nobody told me about it." So Thor and Mad Max where the two first American projects that I auditioned for and I got pretty far on both of them. Then this manager called -- Shelly Browning -- she came to Sweden and wanted to sit down with me and thought it would be a really good idea for me to come to the States. I trusted her and came over here.
It's also kind of funny that there are all these Batman connections to you and this film. You're working with a Batman, Michael Keaton, and Commissioner Gordon, Gary Oldman. And in your next film, "Child 44," you're working with Tom Hardy.
They've already got their Batman for the next movie but is there a superhero you might want to play?
There are a couple. Constantine is a cool character. I prefer the darker ones that you could kind of shoot in a gritty way where it's very realistic. That would appeal to me more -- to play a superhero that has no flaws, that's the most boring thing there is. But if it's somebody that is sort of torn apart then it becomes a metaphor for some psychological dilemma. Daredevil was one that could be an interesting character. But also some of these suits are hard to get around. You know, it becomes too much of a cartoon. So it would have to have a very strong idea behind it.
What can you say about the final season of "The Killing" that will appear on Netflix?
We start shooting at the end of February, I just sat down with Veena Sud, the show runner, and she told me the story line for the concluding six episodes and I'm so excited. It's such a good feeling, because I know that maybe there weren't that many fans of the show, but the fans that did like the show really liked it. And it just feels so good to be able to give them this conclusion of the relationship between Holder and Linden. It feels very worthy.
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Translation of Café Feb. 2014 article, by Sabermom. Thank you!
It looks to be Joel Kinnaman's year - again. After the lead role in José Padhila's current remake of Robocop, no less than three more movies are waiting. Café shadows the Swedish workaholic on his crazy way to the top of Hollywood.
Joel Kinnaman wakes up broken in his apartment in Manhattan. His body hurts, muscles ache, head pounds. He flexes his red, swollen knuckles when he sets himself up at the bed's edge. He slowly moves his arm to his cell phone to check the clock. The pain limits his mobility.
"I am sore all over," says Kinnaman as he staggers up to the coffee maker.
Filming of Robocop - which had its Swedish premiere on February 7 - just managed to finish before Joel Kinnaman was thrown into the next project, thethriller Run All Night where he plays a boxer and co-stars with Liam Neeson and Ed Harris. His winter has been spent in a run-down boxing gym in the quest for a credible uppercut.
"It was a long day of filming today. I boxed for twelve hours. I thought I was prepared. I've trained with a Swedish boxer named Isam Khalil and I have been working with Badou Jack for several months. Badou is one of our top boxers right now. He lives in New York and we have been training intensively throughout the winter. But even so, I am physically exhausted after today."
Outside the apartment in Tribecca, the snow beats against the panorama windows. Taxis whiz past like yellow dashes on a Jackson Pollock painting. The wind blows silently between the illuminated skyscrapers. Joel Kinnaman's apartment in New York serves as a base for his American crusade.
Ever since his international breakthrough in the television series The Killing ( "Joel Kinnaman is the best supporting character on television right now," wrote Vanity Fair about his effort) big films have been lined up. Along with Run All Night he is currently in Daniel Espinosa's drama thriller Child 44 (where he costars with Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace) andTerrance Mallick's Knight of Cups as well as playing Alex Murphy in the remake of Robocop .
Together with Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, and Michael K. Williams, he made the 80s classic relevant to 2014. He brings to life a metallic police officer who catches criminals by slamming his fist through drywall.
It pushes the actor. With parallel emotions in a digital body Joel Kinnaman created a Robocop who is emotionally torn beneath the solid steel suit. Human, uncertain, seeking.
"It was a long and tough recording. Six days a week, 14 hours a day, for five months. It was a rough job to make the film. I was totally focused on work and could not do anything other than work," he says.
The Robocop team moved the filming of the final scenes to Vancouver, where Joel Kinnaman filmed the third season of The Killing. On the weekends, he flew down to Los Angeles to film Snabba Cash. In any given week, he played three different roles. "My attitude was to never let irritation take over," he says. Having the starring role also means having a responsibility to be a leading figure during the recording. It sets the atmosphere in the workplace. I took the task to be a positive force during the filming very seriously. I try to be pleasant to everyone, because I know how hard it is to be that supporting actor coming in for just a few days of filming. The physical tests were equally strenuous. The Robocop costume weighs 35 kg and was worn in each scene.
"It's tough just to wear the costume. The first time it took an hour. Towards the end, I got it on in 25 minutes. It is very heavy and stiff, but the suit helped the role performance in multiple ways. When I wore it, I felt powerful at the same time that I felt weird, uncomfortable, and naked. The suit was also extreme ly hot to wear," says Kinnaman.
"You have a container with ice and water that 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 sat plugged into a machine with a humming noise and smoked my electronic cigarette. Smoke oozed out from all the different slots in the suit. People were terrified and wondered 'What the hell is going on?', haha!"
He prepared for the role with a Swedish task force. Joel Kinnaman wanted it to feel real.
"The new Robocop's pattern of movement is a flirt with the old Robocop, but much more modern. Like a robot would move today, not like an old robot, more like a superhero. I trained for three weeks with Swedish Special Forces. There are two guys I began to work with during the filming of the Johan Falk movies. One guy was the manager of special forces and the other guy was a bodyguard. They're the best in the world at what they do. They trained Mossad in Israel, among others. They showed me how special forces moves in different situations and with different weapons. Their pattern of movement, how to handle weapons, seeking cover, searches."
It's a good crowd hanging around the pool at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. Tech millionaires with trendy jeans, long-sleeved t-shirts, and boat-shaped sneakers settling down to eat breakfast.
No head turning with the Robocop cast, led by Gary Oldman dressed today in a green velvet jacket and blue polka dot shirt shirt. He'd no more than sat himself down before he began praising Joel Kinnaman.
"One wonders what it'll be like to act opposite a robot, but with Joel, it was easy. He's a lovely actor. We'd go out to the set, review, slant it a bit our way, and make it immediately," he says.
For Gary Oldman - with films like The Dark Knight and JFK on his resumé - the last year has been dominated by the Swedish wave in Hollywood. He earned an Oscar nomination for Tomas Alfredson's Tinker Tailor, Soldier, Spy, and besides Robocop, he also acted with Joel Kinnaman in Child 44 this year.
"I think the Swedish dominance hinges on the fact that Swedes speak better English than the Englishmen themselves," says Oldman. "They have an incredibly ear for accents and now it's a whole wave of talent. Both directors and actors. I saw the first season of The Killing all in a row on a flight. I was hypnotized. Gary Oldman raises his eyes, staring around him, playing at being terrified and cries: "Beware! The Swedes are coming!"
Joel Kinnaman explains the success of the "Swedish gang" by saying that they are exactly that - a gang.
"We are a large group of friends who have all achieved success in our respective fields. Part of the reason is that we are friends and we help each other. We can criticize each other as friends and say 'What the hell are you doing?' or 'You can't bark at the sound guy like that.' and the other guy will apologize. 'Sorry, sorry.' We can be honest and say what we think because we care for one another. That has helped us.
Next to Gary Oldman sits the Brazilian director, Jose Padilha. His breakthrough came in 2007 with the critically acclaimed Tropa De Elite, in which he took a film that appeared on paper to be a mass of muscle and automatic weapons and turned it into an action film for the thinking man. The film follows military police in a Rio de Janeiro slum and won the Berlin film festival's in top prize, the Golden Bear, for best film.Padilha squares up his snowboarding cap while he is trying put words to Joel Kinnaman's work in Robocop. "In the 80's version, Robocop dies before he becomes a robot, my Robocop lives. He retains his soul, his feelings, his memories, his empathy. Something dramatic happens and he loses his body. He wakes up and is a robot. He can not touch his son, he can not touch his wife, he can not have sex. His life has been taken away from him. It's a nightmare. In the end, he must take anti-depressants to continue to perservere. So I needed an actor who could carry a heavy role. Not only that - I needed an actor who could do it with only his face. Because it's all that's left. I devoted a lot of time to finding the perfect actor and many auditioned. Joel had to really work for his role. But he was the one who came back and did better and better each time. Finally I said, 'We can stop searching, we've found our Robocop.'"
At first, Joel Kinnaman was not certain about seeking the role.
"When I heard that there would be a remake, I thought: "Perhaps I'll watch it...sometime." It was nothing that I was interested in participating in myself. New adaptations are usually done for economic reasons, with no real ideas behind the films, just the desire to exploit the original's good market and fanbase. But then I heard that Jose was going to direct it, and understood that he would want something interesting. We had lunch and after that conversation, I was absolutely desperate to get the role. I did everything I could so as to convince the studio that I was the right person for the job. I filmed The Killing in Vancouver and flew down to Los Angeles three times on my free time to audition.
Christian Bale zoned out long ago. Now Joel Kinnaman is chasing him around the house in the Hollywood Hills while he reads his lines. A brisk pace, a steady pitch. Past the eternity pool that folds like a tablecloth over a mountain ridge, crossing over the glass terrace where 200 extras jostle with olives speared on toothpicks in martini glasses, into the living room and out into the garden. There, he is standing alone. He looks around only to discover that the cameras have disappeared. Even director Terrence Malick has given up. He stands filming a pink dog a hundred yards away.
Joel Kinnaman realizes that he read his 24 pages long monologue to himself. "I walked around and babbled and delivered my lines." he says later.
"Christian Bale hadn't read his own lines particularly well. He said said two or three things and that led into the next four page tirade of my monologue. After a while, he stopped making the right replies, for he had not seen my lines before. So he mostly walked around and wasn't that interested in listening to me. I had to hunt around for him. It was really bizarre."
Joel Kinnaman laughs at the memory. He describes his work on Terrence Malick's upcoming film Knight of Cups - in which he costars with Cate Blanchett , Natalie Portman and Christian Bale - as "the toughest he's done."
"When Terrence gets into it, it can be beautiful and poetic, but it was the hardest thing I've done in acting. I had received a 17-page monologue and at lunch I received another seven pages. When I last spoke with Terrence on the set, he said: 'What exactly you're saying is not so important in some parts.' I had put three weeks of work in to prepare that text," laughs Kinnaman.
The Cafe Q&A:
Do you have a temper?
"Absolutely. It's clear that one can get angry. I get pissed when people are not prepared or behave unprofessionally. Or when they kiss ass and kick others down. It happens that I get angry on set if people don't work hard enough or are disrespectful."
What is the most difficult thing you have done as an actor?
"WhenI went to stage school in Mälmo, I had a problem with stage fright. I vomited every time before I went on the stage for two and a half years. I felt a mortal fear. I had a whole routine, a little tub some I used to vomit in behind the scenes. It began to get really painful. Then came the worst..."
He draws a breath. "I blacked out on stage and had absolutely no fucking idea what I should say. It lasted nearly four minutes, but it felt like four hours. After that I wanted to stop acting. 'That's good enough for me now.' I'd worked so fucking hard to get into stage school. It was the first thing in life that I'd decided to do, so it was a really big decision to quit. Instead, I thought I'd double the
effort. I was compelled to challenge the fear that was coming close to taking my life. So, I did an hour and a half long monologue on stage. 'Either I die now or I get myself through this,' I thought. It saved me. The phobia disappeared. I am still impressed that I dared to do it. It was courageous in view of how scary I thought it was."
Have you sacrificed anything for your success?
"The feeling of being at home. I am always away. Friendships are difficult to maintain and I never see my family. It can be lonely. I am working full time and am out shooting in different places around the world. That is why it was so fun to do Child 44 with Daniel Espinosa and Fares Fares. It was a dream gig, hanging out with friends while doing very interesting work."
Olivia Munn, whom Kinnaman met in 2012, has become a support in his career. The American actress, who has had roles in Iron Man 2 and the The Newsroom, along with modeling jobs for GQ and
Playboy, is familiar with the strain that comes with the job.
"We support each other. It is a great help to have a girlfriend who is also an actress," says Kinnaman. "There is always a little more attention when we are out together, though. It can be a little bit crazy."
Via paparazzi photographs, we have been able to follow the pair as if they were in a romantic comedy: Joel and Olivia courtside at Los Angeles Lakers games, Joel and Olivia on the red carpet at premiers, Joel and Olivia eating dinner at Chateau Marmont.
"The paparazzi situation can be a bit uncomfortable," allows Kinnaman. Above all, when they're at the airport. "It is always more
excitement when I am with the girl. Photographers usually do not recognize me, but when I am with her, it can be a little messy. It is not anespecially fun experience."
It is not flattering in that they actually cared?
"The thing is, it is actually not. There are certainly people who think that, but I think it is embarrassing."
The effervescent atmosphere in the banquet hall at the Washington Hilton has risen gradually through the evening, from a civilized mumbling to a noise din. Joel Kinnaman's tablemates, among others Michael Douglas, Nicole Kidman, Kevin Spacey, Katy Perry, Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis, have become impatient. A heavy hip-hop beat begins hammering through the room. Kinnaman puts his arm around his girlfriend, Olivia Munn, and Barack Obama steps up to the podium in front of them to deliver his first joke.
"What's the deal with Jay-Z and his trip to Cuba? I've got 99 problems and now Jay-Z is one of them." Silence. "That therewas a rap reference." Barack Obama clears his throat. It is the annual White House Correspondents Dinner where the White House invites the media and celebrities to socialize under more relaxed conditions than every other day. Part of the tradition is also the President's roast - similar to stand up comedy.
"It was fun when the President did a little standup" says Joel Kinnaman. "He is quite funny, Obama. It was a pleasant affair. A big dinner with a little lighter tone. First of all, a comedian roasted the President and then Obama went up himself did some standup, joking with himself and the press."
Do you feel comfortable in that environment?
Haha, no! I am really not at home, but one must try to be himself.
Of all the roles you have done, from the JW in Snabba Cash to Alex Murphy in Robocop, which one is closest to yourself?
"There is a part of me in all the roles I have done. I had a tough time period between 12 and 17 years, and the person I was is in almost every role. I was uncertain and full of anxiety. I was both getting bullied and bullying others. There's a period in life that defines a person, and for a long time afterwards, one is dealing with things that relate to the time. When anyone was bullied when they went to school, a large part of life when you are an adult depends on how you dealt with it. I also feel that way, evenif i was on both sides. My adolescence has become the foundation of many characters."
Have you learned something practical in any of your roles? You should, in principle, be able to implement a robbery now.
"Haha, yes. One of the most fun aspects of this profession is to learn a lot of fun stuff. Learn how to ride horses, learn how to shoot. It is one of the most important characteristics you need as an actor - to be good at learning new things. In a play, or a movie, you start at zero. You are, of course, always useless in the beginning."
You were raised with five sisters. How has that molded you?
My life has always been full of strong women. I've always felt relaxed around women. They don't scare me like they scare my male friends. Haha!
Explain about your Entourage-life.
I live relatively little Entourage-life. I have a staff of 8-9 people that I work with. A team with 4-5 agents, a manager, publicist, and lawyer. For the Run All Night filming, I had a buddy with me who kept an eye on me. We've been friends since we were 11 and shared our unruly adolescence together. It is very fun to have him. It is easier to appreciate thislife and find yourself in everyday life together with someone you've known since childhood, someone who has a completely different frame of reference than everyone else around and is safe enough to fool around with when many just say yes. It is nice to have someone who messes around with you.
Six weeks after Cafe's first interview with Joel Kinnaman, he's in a hotel suite in Beverly Hills. Kinnaman is now in his third electric cigarette. Anyone would chain smoke in his place. It is chaos. Journalists from all over the world have flown in to interview Hollywood's new Swedish star and his costars in Robocop.
The filmcompany's rules are clear: no one should take photos with the actors, a standard contract followed at each international press conference. But today, the press cannot control themselves. An Italian journalist in turquoise stone jewelry and a blazer patterned with Fiat logo angles up his tablet and grabs some stealth photos. An old man from Chile, a reputable veteran among the world's film writers, lets go of all credibility he's built up the last 20 years, putting his arm around Kinnaman and taking an "I-met-Joel selfie".
The PR girls have given up. They do not care any longer. Gary Oldman, completely ignored, shakes his head and watches the hysteria around his Swedish colleague.
In the crowd, Joel Kinnaman is staring at the 20 voice recorders that flash red in front of him. I ask if he has grown out of the uncertainty of his childhood and youth. If any self doubts remain in him.
"I have doubts about myself every day, all the time. I am just a very good actor, haha. I can mask my weaknesses. As an actor it is incredibly important to have both sides. The self-confidence required to take on a role, but at the same time you must doubt and feel things. Sometimes I might appear more confident than what I actually am."
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The Joel Kinnaman of admiration for "Robocop", the science fiction classic that Paul Verhoeven directed in 1987, was not exactly very healthy. "I must have seen the movie about 20, 25 times," said the actor, who was eight years old at the time of launch. "All I wanted was to be Robocop, all I spoke was Robocop. Seriously considered my mother to take me to a therapist."
Behold, almost three decades later, Kinnaman finished living his childhood dream: the sci-fi remake of Verhoeven, now with the signing of Brazilian Jose Padilha, he is Alex Murphy, the police officer who, on the verge of death, is placed in a robotic body.
Childhood memories were back on the set of the movie Padilha. "No one wanted to be Robocop. Did not want to do what Peter Weller did," he says. "I come from the theater, then play a character that has already been done by other actors is not new. Yet kept either gesture Weller as Robocop was like turning the head to the shoulders before changing direction. Was my tribute ".
Working with José Padilha on a new path to the cyborg who patrols a Detroit devastated by crime and corruption was a major attraction for the actor. "I'm usually not attracted to remakes. But what Jose wanted to do the commentary on the militarization and the consequent dehumanization of a police force, caught my attention. And I saw 'Tropa de Elite.' When he called me, I I felt honored. "
Joel Kinnaman started his career in 2002 in his native Sweden. Born in Stockholm, the son of a Swedish and an American, he started calling public attention from their land in 2009, when he starred in the romantic drama "I Skuggan Värmen Av" (which was released in English as "In Your Vains ").
The action series "Johan Falk" (in which he had a recurring role) led to the thriller "Easy Money", blockbuster in Sweden in 2010. Kinnaman thought it was time to expand your horizons, and made his film debut Yankee with science fiction "The Dark More Time" in 2011.
When the producers of the series "The Killing" looking for a new face for the role of Detective Stephen Holder, investigating the murder of a young woman in an American town, Joel Kinnaman was chosen. "The coolest thing to do a number is sure to have a job," jokes the actor. "Usually the contract is signed for six seasons. Nobody knows if it will pass the first, and 'The Killing' will now be closed on Wednesday."
Although the TV is currently fertile ground for drama, the actor admits that his temper fits better in the film structure. "I'm anxious. Know that on TV the development of a dramatic arc is more complete, but I like the urgency of cinema." And the movie came slowly.
The chance in cinemaKinnaman did a small role in "The Men Who the Dragon Tattoo" ("I think I'm on the scene for ten seconds, but David Fincher should have asked me at least two dozen different takes"); antagonized Denzel Washington and Ryal Reynolds in "Protecting the Enemy" and gained more prominence in anything since "Lola Versus" alongside Greta Gerwig to. Soon after, he returned home.
The huge success of "Easy Money" just asked a continuation -. Well as his character in Johan Falk, who would resume in 2012 "I did not want to go back to the layout of films in Sweden," he says. "But I thought if I stayed in Los Angeles, at least ten of my friends would be out of work." The invitation to Padilha 'Robocop' sealed his return to Hollywood.
Boyfriend of actress Olivia Munn (of "Magic Mike"), Joel Kinnaman has two more films scheduled for 2014. "Run All Night" is another action with Liam Neeson in the style of "Unknown" and "No Air", the three the same director, Jaume Collet-Serra. Now "Knight of Cups" is a drama in which Terrence Malick Kinnaman divides the scene with Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett and Antonio Banderas.
And may arise more "Robocop" on the horizon. "My contract is for three films," he explains. "From here it all depends on the studio. But not yet thought how would the next chapter in the life of Alex Murphy."
The original series followed the Paul Verhoeven film with two inferior sequels in cinema, two picks in the TV series, comics and animations. "One thing is certain," he concludes. "The life he had finished. No happy end for Murphy."
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Translation by Dane, thank you Dane!!
Okay, finally done with the translation of the King article. Some of the text was quite hard to make out (especially the pink writing) so i apologize in advance for any misinterpretations.
can quite make out the headline because of the pink doodle, but think it says
theater stages to the Hollywood elite – in record time. King meet Swedish
film’s new golden boy for a talk about the big breakthrough and the
dream that came true.
Joel Kinnaman is Robocop.
actors go to extremes to create a deeper understanding for the characters they have to portray. An
Oscar winning actor like Daniel Day-Lewis is known for not leaving character between takes, not even in his
time off, for as long as the movie is shooting. Others go for a physical transformation, from extreme
weight loss, gaining weight or bulking up. Joel Kinnaman’s preparation for the role as Robocop just may
exceed them all: ha already started as an 8 year old, after having seen Peter Weller
as the injured and later
”robotized” police constable Alex Murphy in Paul Verhoeven’s film. Joel’s own estimate is
that he has seen
Robocop somewhere between 25 or 30 times, and taught himself to imitate Weller’s rigid body language to perfection. The year was 1987, the location Stockholm.
Joel’s road to the title role in
Robocop started in Vancouver, where he
was shooting the second season of
The Killing, which takes place in a chronically rainy Seattle. On The
Killing Kinnaman also plays a cop,
Albeit of a different kind; his Stephen Holder is an ex drug addict with
a distinct wigger and a love for
unconventional methods of investigation – like offering grass to
underage girls in an effort to gain information in the hunt for Rosie Larsen’s killer, the storyline in the
first two seasons of the show. He flew back
and forth between Canada and Los Angeles 3 times before director José
Padilha was convinced that he was
right for the role of the injured cop in 2028’s Detroit.
”I think the original affected me in two ways. When I was young it was
about me thinking that violence and
Robots were cool. As I got older and saw the film I realized what an
intelligent film it was, that the violence
was exaggerated on purpose to be comical, in a satire about a society
with increasingly fascist tendencies”.
At the same time the new version stood out from the original in ways
that made Joel even more determined to land the role. Padilha’s version had ambitions of adding
additional dimensions of philosophy and
politics, including a theme that has fascinated Science fiction writers
as long as the genre has existed: The
boundary between man and robot. This theme was also raised in
Verhoeven’s Robocop, as parts of Alex
Murphy’s lacerated body, and above all the remains of his
consciousness, is saved and incorporated into a
motorized humanoid form. In the new version the human side of Murphy is
more present, and he still feels
the emotional connection to his family.
fight to reconnect with the family is one of the film’s strongest themes.
Secondly, it’s about the ownership
of him: his body is largely a manufactured product, does that mean that he is
the property of a company?
What are his rights? That is one of the film’s philosophical quandaries.
José Padilha has a background in documentaries. He made his debut in 2002 with Bus 174, which
problematizedan incident that got of lot of attention in his home country, Brazil. A young
poor man, Sandro
Naseimento, carried out a failed robbery which ended with him boarding a bus
and holding all the passengers
hostage. His documentary investigates a society where social divisions create
example by doing interviews with street children from poor neighborhoods. The
film became a multi
world success, which critics at the prestigious New York Times hailed as one of
the years 10 best
Bus 174 the Brazilian police
elite-force unit was seen, and they became the subject of Padilha’s next film,
time fiction; Tropa de Elite, one of
the most successful Brazilian films ever. It’s sequel The Enemy
within, would break all records.
that background it is perhaps not surprising that the political undertones of Robocop were extrainteresting
for Padilha. In the years that have passed since the original, robot warfare
has gone from fantasy
to reality, in the form of air born drones, and it is the moral issues
surrounding this that is the focus.
”We are moving toward a world where the wars of the future won’t be fought by
is what the film points to; robots and drones at war. A lot happens on a
philosophical and moralistic
when it is a machine and not a human being that pulls the trigger. It is
difficult to trace the death sentence
back to the person who made the decision, and to hold them accountable. Joel,
points out the political aspects. If war doesn’t cost American lives anymore,
the political pressure for
peace process, driven by domestic public opinion, will decrease. The wars in Iraq and Vietnam both
ended thanks to domestic protests. The same goes for authorities within the police.
There has to be
you can point to as responsible for the decisions made. We are going to discuss
this a lot in the
10 years, because problems like these will become our reality”. That is why I’m
really glad that I get to
a part of a film that raises the issue at such an early stage.
Kinnaman’s way to the international film scene started after the success of Daniel Espinosa’s Snabba
Cash, where he portrayed the go-getter
JW who sells cocaine to fund his social climb. The film’s success
beyond the Swedish border, and it became an international film festival
favourite. The role as JW
to a small role in David Fincher’s The
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and another cooperation with
Safe House. However, it will probably
be his lead in Robocop which will
give him his first main-
is a small country, and we don’t produce that many films, so if you are lucky
enough to be in a few
them people start to recognize you. You get a lot of attention. When the films
started to have a broader
in Sweden, I went to the US, so I got to avoid the circus when it was most
intensive. And when
is released I think I’ll go back to Sweden”.
celebrity culture is much more subdued in Sweden compared to the US, where celebrities
treated like royalty. In Sweden people are more reserved. The question is how
prepared Joel Kinnaman
is for a life of paparazzies, tabloids and rabid autograph hunters.
don’t feel that my life has been restricted in any significant way. I may avoid
certain restaurants when I
that there are photographers lying in wait. I generally try not to think too
much about it. It comes
the profession, and you can always organize your life in a way that makes it
easier to avoid it: just go
Robocop Joel joined a prominent
ensemble, and one can easily conclude that he is ”the newcomer”:
Keaton fame reached it’s height in the 80’s, as a comedic actor, but also as
the first actor to
a darker Batman under the direction of Tim Burton. Samuel L. Jackson is one of
the film world’s
recognizable faces, and the same can be said of Gary Oldman. Even Abbie
Cornish, who plays
wife, is a more recognizable face, thanks to parts in movies like Sucker Punch and Seven Psychopaths.
I’m not jealous. There are actors who are so famous and get so much attention,
that they can’t move
around freely anymore. And that would be a great loss. I’ll try to continue to
do smaller films and
the right balance”.
the other hand, he will earn a buck loads of money. ”it is, off course, a great feeling when
things go well
you feel like you are being rewarded for it. I, obviously, never thought that
it would go this well for me.
come from a lower middle-class family, and had to save up money for a year to go
on a week long vacation,
off course it feels great when you can invite your family on a vacation.
easier said than done, when one considers that it’s a big family to vacation
with. 5 sisters. And
girlfriend Olivia Munn, known for her role on Aron Sorkin’s The Newsroom, will be invited too.
is in place in San Diego where Kinnaman, along with other members of the
ensemble, presents the
at Comic-Con. Joel talks about how a female dominated family has made it
natural for him to
with women, and how he learned to be a stronger human being thanks to his older
Melinda Kinnaman, who had her successful debut in 1985 as Saga in Lasse
Mitt Liv som hund.
was always a big inspiration for me, she always faced her fears, and that is
something I have tried to
At one time I had a real fear of heights, so I took up mountain climbing. When
I started doing
I started to worry about forgetting my lines, so I did a 1 and a half hour
monologue to conquer the
The are benefits to that kind of direct confrontation”.
The Killing aired in Sweden quite a
bit of critique was aimed a Joel’s American accent, seeing past the
critic’s iignorance and Jante-attitudes (ei. Janteloven): Joel’s English is perfect as a
result of his heritage. His
is American, and as a 20 year old he deserted from the army barrack in Bangkok
where he was
fled to Laos and sought refuge in a Buddhist temple, where he supported himself
work in exchange for meals. He met a Swedish woman (wrong on this point,
right), they wel-
older sister Melinda, and since Sweden was one of few countries which welcomed
deserters, the move
to Sweden was a natural decision.
are a big hippie-family. I have 5 sisters, and a number of moms. My sister’s
mothers are all good
with my mother. When I loose my Internet connection, I just about go crazy.
on me keeping in contact with everybody. This is, of course, especially
important for me, because I
in a different place from where I grew up. I have family and friends all over
the world, and it helps me a
that I’m able to reach them on short notice. At the same time, it’s very easy
to become a little too dependent
Critics favourite Slate’s
film critic Dan Stevens praises Joel Kinnaman. ”Joel Kinnaman was actually the
reason why I kept watching
The Killing. As the nervy drug addicted Holder this 32 year old
Swedish-American cut right through the
TV screen. Kinnaman can in one second be funny, only to display complex and
multifaceted emotions inthe
next – actually he always seemed to be two characters at the same time. He is
such a good actor that he
made me believe that his character was hiding something much more interesting
than what actually happened
on the show.
is an internet-based lifestyle magazine owned by Washington Post)
Best in Class? Theater teacher Henry Stieglund about Joel as a
What type of student was Joel at the
was eager to learn – but like all gifted students he had a tendency to be a
little lazy in the beginning.It’s
the exact same with all talented students, they believe that it’s gonna be
easy, and that they don’t have To
Were there any signs that he would become
the type of actor that he has become?
you can’t really predict what type of roles anyone is gonna take on. He was,
actually, already doing movies
before and during school. But Joel was always genuine in his actions, and that
is something that is at
the core of his acting, and to have ”access to oneself” is an important quality
for an actor”.
During his time at theater school he did a
90 min. Long monologue to get over his fear of forgetting lines.Do you remember this?
that was an impressive performance. It very clearly showed Joel’s ambition,
maturity and seriousness
and his willingness to challenge himself when it comes to acting technique. I
think he realized that charm
and talent alone won’t lead to a full career, but that it requires humble and
hard work to attain the knowledge
of acting that he is now reaping the reward of. He was forced to choose between
education and the
industry because of early film work – he chose right”.
Stieglund, actor and Head of Department at the Theater Academy in Malmö)
1979: Born as Charles Joel Kinnaman in
1990: Debut as actor, only 10 years
old, in Swedish television’s drama Storstad.
The series was canceled the Following year to make room for Rederiet
A small part in Den usynlige along
side good friend Gustaf Skarsgård
2003: Start 4 years study at the
Theater Academy in Malmö
2005: Plays Dickan in Ulf Malmros’
Guldbagga-awarded Tjenare Kungen, about
the punk-scene in early-80’s Göteborg
2007: lead role as Raskolnikov in
Göteborg theater’s dramatization of Crime
and Punishment, and receive Swedish theater-critic’s theater price.
2009: Wins the part of informant Frank
Wagner in the Johan Falk films, a character based on real life informant Peter Rätz who spend 9 years incognito within organized crime
groups. As preparation Joel spend a number of days with Rätz in an
2010: Plays JW in Daniel Espinosa’s
film version of Snabba Cash, which
leads to international attention
2011: A very small part in David
Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon
Tattoo. Gets one of the lead roles in AMC’s version of the Danish Series Forbrydelse, filmed in Vancouver under the name The Killing
2012: Supporting part in Daniel
Espinosa’s Safe House
2014: New cooperation with Espinosa in
the coming Child 44
2015: Playing against, among others,
Christian Bale in Knight of Cups
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