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Feb 10 13 2:04 PM
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Joel Kinnaman as Stephen Holder in AMC's The Killing There is a delightfully sinister quality to Stephen Holder, the new detective assigned to the homicide case at the center of AMC's crime drama, The Killing. Played by Joel Kinnaman, Holder skulks around Seattle, his skinny neck sticking out of an oversized sweatshirt. He rejects old-fashioned, rigorous police work in favor of more unorthodox information gathering. Like, say, giving a couple of soccer-playing teenage girls pot and asking them where they "party" so that they might help him figure out who killed their classmate, Rosie Larsen. In his review of The Killing for Slate, Troy Patterson rightly describes Kinnaman as a scene stealer, but I didn't realize how thoroughly he had embodied Holder—the languid movements, the general swagger—until I saw a video of Kinnaman out of character. He is almost unrecognizable.
This is a breakout performance for the half-Swedish Kinnaman (his dad's American), and there will be more opportunities to watch him in the near future. He'll appear alongside Emile Hirsch and Olivia Thirlby in an alien invasion flick called The Darkest Hour later this year. Kinnaman spoke to Slate from Cape Town, South Africa about growing up in Stockholm with his big hippie family, what it's like to be a celebrity in Sweden, and the makeup magic behind Detective Holder's deeply sketchy look.
Slate: What are you shooting in Cape Town?
Joel Kinnaman: It's a movie called Safe House, with Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington—it's like a CIA thriller. I'm a CIA agent. It's not a big part but it's an interesting part.
Slate: How well-established were you in Sweden when you started auditioning for American projects?
Kinnaman: We only make about 30 movies a year in Sweden. The year that I left I played the lead in seven or eight of them, and they were quite high profile. It was kind of intense with the attention there for a while, so it was a perfect time to get the hell out. I moved to the U.S. before all of those movies came out.
Slate: Is being a celebrity in Sweden like being a celebrity in America? Are you in the Swedish equivalent of Us Weekly?
Kinnaman: I guess I'm pretty well-recognized there. Swedes are a really humble and shy people in many ways, but I think it's pretty much the same as in the U.S. Little girls want to take photographs with me at lunch.
Slate: Were you attracted to The Killing because its DNA is Nordic? [The Killing is based on a Danish TV series.]
Kinnaman: That was just pure coincidence. I was really attracted to the series because of the writing, the story line and the characters. It had a really solid, quality feel to it at a first read. My intuition about the project was dead on. As an artist it's a blessing to be a part of it. A lot of the time that sort of layered feel is only in art-house projects that 25 people watch, and those 25 people like it, but it doesn't reach a larger audience. The Killing has a really great combination of qualities: Even though it's very sad and deals with mourning and grief, it's still exciting. It's about real people and it doesn't shy from the painful points of life.
Slate: Stephen Holder's a pretty squirrely character—you look so different in real life. Don't take this the wrong way, but Holder has a sort of Kevin Federline quality about him.
Kinnaman: (Laughs) K. Fed!
Slate: You really get that sketchiness dead on! It's such an American character. Since you're not from here, did you base your portrayal or anyone or anything specifically?
Kinnaman: I went to high school in Texas for one year, my senior year. My parents wanted me to get out of Stockholm because I was running with the wrong crew. They wanted me to get back to my roots. In Sweden, I went to an English school, where there was a mishmash of people from all over the world. Some were diplomatic kids with a lot of money, some were ghetto kids who came up from the suburbs, and I grew up in between. There's a community of second generation immigrants, and I became part of that because I had an American father.
Early on I knew I wanted to give Holder a feel that he grew up with a variety of people, kind of the same way I did. And he's got some issues that he's dealing with that get explained in episode eight of the series, and that was a huge part of my preparation for the character. I wanted Holder's physical movements to show that he came from a socially unpolished background. It looks like I don't have any make up on, but that's because Charles Porlier is the best makeup artist I've ever worked with. He always fixed it when it looked like I'd had too much sleep.
Slate: How did your American father end up in Sweden?
Kinnaman: When he was 20 years old he was shipped off to Vietnam. He was stationed in Bangkok. He was a young kid who had no idea about anything, and he spent a lot of time with European backpackers and started to get a lot of realizations about what this world was about. I inherited his temperament, that can be pretty hot sometimes, and he was very vocal and made a lot of enemies in the military community and in his barracks. He jumped out of the barracks at night, and hitchhiked into northern Thailand and Laos, and was on the run in Laos, living in monasteries and doing carpentry work for food. He met my sister's mom (she's not my mom) and she became pregnant. Then they found out that there were some military intelligence people looking for a tall American. Sweden was the only country that accepted military deserters at the time, and after a pit stop in Russia, he came to Sweden and has been living here ever since. We're all a big hippie family so I got five sisters and a bunch of different mothers. Not really, but my sisters' mothers are all good friends with my mother. We're a big family, 25 people.
Slate: Do you plan to stay in America indefinitely, or do you miss your big hippie family?
Kinnaman: That's the problem when you go chasing a career that is not at home. I'm going for the most interesting work, and I've been getting a lot of interesting stuff coming my way in the U.S. But I am going back to Sweden this summer to do a Swedish project for a month—a continuation of Easy Money.
Slate: In an interview I saw from when you were promoting Easy Money, you said that you have to relate to the characters that you choose. What do you relate to about Holder?
Kinnaman: He's morally complex. That's the kind of work I look for. It's really boring to do a character that is only one way, that's not how we are as people. We show a different face to everyone that we meet. I try to put that in, even if it's not in the scripts. For some reason I've been playing a lot of characters that are like actors in their reality. My character, J.W., in Easy Money, is a Talented Mr. Ripley kind of character. He's selling drugs to finance an upper-class lifestyle, and he impersonates the criminals he worked with. He's a chameleon in that sense. Holder is also an undercover guy who is sort of an impostor. I think the most significant resemblance between the characters is they all have a good heart but their actions aren't always so good. It's very human. No one likes anything perfect, with perfect white teeth and a perfect white smile.
Slate: Finally, what's the best thing you've seen on the Internet this week?
Kinnaman: My Internet game is really strong, so I want to come up with something that's worthy of my game. The funniest video I've seen recently is a rap video from Stic from Dead Presidents. It's called "Back on My Regimen." I watch it every time I want to laugh.
Interview has been condensed and edited.'
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Originally posted by Blueberry at Purse Forum.Translated from Swedish by Google Translate, in case you are wondering about how it's worded:
I wanted to beat him
August 23, 2008
FROM HERO TO VILLAIN Joel Kinnaman does Arn enemy Sverker Karlsson in the new "Arn - The Kingdom at the end of the road". But he himself was tipped to take lead roles in the films of Swedish Templar. "Had I been Arn, I had of course thought it was how fat whatsoever," says Kinnaman. Photo: sf
Ongoing: At the cinema, as king of new Arn movie. In the film version of Lotta Thell's novel "The Veins" coming to the cinema in the new year. In two of Anders Nilsson's new John Falk movies.
Kinnaman of Gustaf Skarsgård, and almost getting the role of Arn
He was this close to becoming Arn.
Instead, Joel Kinnaman, 28, the role of the hero's worst enemy, "Arn - The Kingdom at the end of the road".
- At first I was really disappointed. But I'm on a horse ... it had not been any good action movie if I had played Arn, "he says.
It is not Joel Kinnaman himself who goes around and speaks about how he almost got the title role in Sweden's biggest ever movie project. But it was such that almost every Swedish actors in the generation test was filming. And persistent rumors in the industry argue that he was the main challenger to Joakim Nätterqvist. And Joel admits that he was there "a lot of times".
- At first I was really disappointed, but since I received such a good job at the theater in Gothenburg, so grief to bed soon.
Joakim Nätterqvist.- It is clear that I had been Arn, I had of course thought it was how fat whatsoever. But Jock's incredibly well in the film. It was he who would make Arn, simply.
And so it was therefore a colorful supporting role in the Arn movie, as the king of the dynasty in breach of the Arn.
As a 10-year-old was Joel Kinnaman with the television series "Metropolitan". Eight years older big sister Melinda had already done several roles in film and television, including "My Life as a Dog".
I was inspired
Gustav Skarsgård. - He was the first that made me understand that this is a profession. When I took an adult decision, it was probably more inspiration from friends I hung out with, as Gustaf Skarsgård.
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. Recently, Joel, Gustaf Skarsgård, and other-children and greeted Stellan Skarsgard in the house he rents in Hollywood, where he was filming "Angels and Demons".
- Stella was the most and cooked for us, "says Joel.
Ready for the limelight
It was after a small role in "The Invisible" ("I kicked to death Gustaf," says Joel, laughing) that he decided to become an actor. Now feel Kinnaman ready to take place in the spotlight.
- If you do not like people will check on you would not have chosen this profession. But I'm quite aware of the whole process surrounding his celebrity. If you go in again and to be recognized, you will lose yourself in it.
JOEL ON ...
... TV show "Metro ", as he did as a 10-year-old: - It was fun, I was involved in some 60 sections, like Felix, Lina Englund's little brother. Some of my not so smart friends still call me for Felix ...
... the role of Raskolnikov in the acclaimed "Crime and Punishment" in Backa Theatre in Gothenburg: - It is as fundamental to me. I got a very big responsibility and had to play at the top of my ability in one hundred performances.
... supporting role as boyfriend to the main character of "God Save the King": - Fun to play in Göteborg and very fun to work with Ulf Malmros, he has a nice feel to their films
The idol Stellan. ... their Pre-shot: - Absolutely Stellan Skarsgard. Christian Bale, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro ... and all the snot good things from Marlon Brando.
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Kinnaman did the main character John "JW" Westlund in the film version of Jens Lapidus "Fast Cash" so fantastically well that the real man behind the role ceased to exist. Significantly fewer saw Kinnaman as Raskolnikov in "Crime and Punishment" in Backa Theatre in Gothenburg, but both roles gave Kinnaman well-deserved awards - and a career in Hollywood. There is no doubt that Kinnaman with clan Skarsgard (Stellan continues to father children as the future of Swedish film is secured) is Sweden's hottest actor now.
The photographer Karl Nordlund and I met Kinnaman for the Audi magazine at the über-designed Clarion Hotel at Stureplan in Stockholm. Joel Kinnaman parked his Audi A7 Sportback just outside the hotel entrance and noted - not without malice - that dude Fares Fares was really jealous of his new car.
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Malin Roos hits Joel Kinnaman for a great interview.
LONDON. He fights for Hollywood roles with his friend Alexander Skarsgard and is now looking for his film career in the U.S. But when Sweden calls, Joel Kinnaman will. Maybe. - When there is something really special in Sweden, what I would like to be with. But now they may nag for six months.It's the middle of the night at the mall North Town and the final scene of what will be the next feature film about John Falk and his task force, to be recorded. Jakob Eklund is getting ready to shoot the head of "Russian number one" and Joel Kinnaman gets some new blood painted on the neck. The 31-year-old actor-player grabs a young assistant from the series who is on the way out: - Nicotine, two milligrams! A few hours earlier, I have half an hour with the returning star in a hotel lobby in Gothenburg.
Frank Holder, JW, it feels like you've got a bit of infiltrators slot? - Yes, but it's quite fun, as an actor end up in the chameleon-slot is an advantage, roles that play different roles in their daily lives. It is among the best role you can get, I'm incredibly flattered, he says, and admits he probably has a slight advantage compared to other European actors. Having grown up with a father who is an American means that he will not play a Pole and a German camp guard. - Of the five things I have done in the U.S. so far are three of the roles of Americans. It's fun to have got into it so well. The "safe house" for example, I am a guy with a Texas accent.
Feb 10 13 4:10 PM
By PAIGE ALBINIAK
Last Updated: 8:10 AM, May 1, 2011
Posted: 6:20 PM, April 30, 2011
Sweden’s best export this TV season is actor Joel Kinnaman, co-star of the addictive AMC mystery series “The Killing.” With his hollow eyes and air of lanky menace, he slips so seamlessly into the role of Detective Stephen Holder, a former narc who lures suspects by offering them fake joints, you’d think he came off the streets.
Where Kinnaman really comes from is the Swedish Academic School of Drama, breeding ground for actors such as Stellan Skarsgard and Lena Olin. The school accepts only 10 out of 2,000 applicants. Of that select group, half are unemployed after graduation, the actor says.
Those slim chances didn’t deter Kinnaman, 31. “Those aren’t very good odds at all, but I just got really hooked on the whole process,” he says. “It started when I was applying for acting school. I had this feeling that maybe I could do this. And I didn’t have any other choices because I gave myself no out scenario. I had no plan B.”
Kinnaman, who was born Charles Joel Nordstrom, never really needed a Plan B, though. He was starring in Swedish films while still in school — a choice that so blatantly broke the rules that the student body had to lobby on the actor’s behalf so he could graduate.
He finished up in 2008, and went on to star in nine Swedish movies in 14 months. One of those was “Snabba Cash” (“Easy Money”), based on a best-selling trilogy and now the highest-grossing Swedish film ever made.
With that much high-profile work behind him so quickly, he decided it was time to give Hollywood a go. Kinnaman, whose father is American, spent a year in Texas as a high school exchange student. His English is as perfectly American as it sounds on “The Killing.”
“I had my sights on a bigger market,” he says. “I had reached a level that was secure in Sweden, so it was the right time to come over.”
Kinnaman found a manager and an agent and moved to Los Angeles. He went up for two high-profile films — “Thor" and “Mad Max 4: Fury Road” — and made a strong impression on casting agents, even though those parts went to Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hardy.
“I got pretty close on both of them. I had a feeling like maybe this isn’t going to be too hard. Then it took four months before I even got close to anything else,” he says.
By then, it was pilot season in LA. Kinnaman read lots of scripts, but the one that stood out was “The Killing.” In the series, Kinnaman plays Det. Holder with a street-smart intensity. Holder rarely plays by the rules, but he often gets the break that takes the show’s serpentine investigation to the next level.
“I wanted Holder to be someone that grew up on the street. That’s where he learned his ways,” Kinnaman says. “I wanted that to be both his strength and his weakness.”
Holder is veteran cop but a rookie homicide detective. He’s assigned to work with Det. Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos), who’s about to leave the Seattle Police Force and move to Sonoma, Calif., with her fiancé and son. Linden is wary of her new partner.
“He’s the last thing she needed,” says Kinnaman. “As the series goes along, he makes a lot of critical revelations that help the case. When he goes off the books and finds his way, he’s the one that’s really moving the case forward.”
“The Killing” opened on April 3 to nearly 5 million cumulative viewers, the cable net’s second-highest original premiere. The show is not yet renewed for season two, says an AMC spokesperson, but a renewal is expected.
Until then, Kinnaman, who is single, is keeping busy, with two major features in the works. He plays the villain in “The Darkest Hour,” also starring Emile Hirsch and Max Minghella. He’s currently on location in Cape Town, South Africa, shooting “Safe House” with Denzel Washington, Vera Farmiga and Ryan Reynolds.
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Google TranslateJoel Kinnaman, 30, is Sweden's best dressed man 2010th Café Johan Wirfält interviewing him here on favorite designers, fat sponsor watches and dodgy Hollywood People's sense of style. Photo by Calle Stoltz.
See all winners of major fashion Café 2010 prize here.
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Södermalm, Sunset Boulevard. For the past year is around the two extremes Joel Kinna's life revolves. He has an apartment not far from Sofia church, the neighborhood has always been his home. He has another in Koreatown, LA, fifteen minutes drive from the agency offices in Hollywood. It is gratifying to imagine how this - Kinna's Southern background and the new career, post-fast cash and headed for major international roles - also pinpoints him stylistically. At first glance, Sweden's latest movie hunk namely, like most other nice guys who populate the south of Stockholm Slussen: Converse shoes, jeans from Whyred and, the day we meet, a classic, gray grandpa sweater.
"No funny business", as Joel himself says.
At the same time: He wears a red hat of the porkpie model, nonchalantly back tipped the neck, and he has classic 70s-scented sunglasses by Yves Saint Laurent (and he does not take them as soon as he steps inside the door), he has an exclusive Swiss watch on arm. There are details that tell of a journey that took Joel Kinnaman to the global film industry's heart. The way he wears them on - confidently, effortlessly, full of the things that Americans call the swagger and Italians sprezzatura - shows that this is exactly where he belongs.
Are you interested in fashion?- I try my way with different things, but I'm not so interested. I have friends who are much more "fashion" than I am. Like dudes in the south. Naturally, I try to keep it pretty simple.
Where do you get style tips from? Your friend?
- You can see any thing here, one thing there, and thinks that "it's my style". But I think more that it just comes, I'm not out there actively checking style. I sort of unconscious somehow.
Today, wearing your hat, where does it come from?
- I fell on it and liked it. It comes from Cook Street menswear.
Do you have a favorite designer or favorite brand?
- I like to mix vintage with new stuff, new things that have a bit more classic cut. And I like Swedish design: Johan Lindeberg, Acne and Whyred. I think Swedish designers are damn classy stuff.
You have a fat watch, too?
- Yes, ha ha. It's a Longines. But I have not bought it myself, I got it from the importer. That is what is so fuzzy. When you suddenly have money and can afford to buy things you only dreamed of before, then you start getting a lot of stuff for free. It is an unjust law of nature. I've turned down quite a lot of sponsorship stuff too, but I would not say what, it would be lousy.
You live in Los Angeles now. You know, south dude with Bajen heart and all that, you stand out a lot in Hollywood purely in terms of style?
- People can see a bit more extreme in the U.S., in every way. There are real Disney World-thick ice everywhere. And so as we dress in Stockholm, with tight pants, it's more so they think that gay men look like in Los Angeles. Common guys have a pretty shitty sense of style over there. We dress better in Sweden.
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