Swedish star Michael Nyqvist's beautiful personal drama
Michael Nyqvist, the main male character in the popular Swedish movies "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo", "The Girl Who Played with Fire", and "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest", arrived in Vancouver last week to shoot scenes for the next "Mission Impossible" movie with Tom Cruise.
Nyqvist, who is a major theatre and movie star in Sweden, gained international recognition as the Blomkvist character in the Millennium Trilogy films, which are based on the popular books by the late Swedish author Stieg Larsson.
Swedish newspapers speculated for months over the rumours that Nyqvist had been offered a role in the "Mission Impossible" movie, which is directed by Brad Bird. His agents finally revealed in September that Nyqvist had signed on to star in the movie, and scenes were being shot in Prague, Czechoslovakia, as well as in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, before coming to North America.
"Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol" co-stars Jeremy Renner, Josh Holloway and Simon Pegg, and is estimated to premiere in December 2011.
Michael Nyqvist recently published a book in Swedish, an autobiography called "Just after dreaming" (Swedish title "När barnet lagt sej").
The book, which has received rave reviews, is a charming compilation of memories from his childhood and his experiences in theatre school at a young age. He recounts being mesmerized by the magic of theatre after performing a dramatic scene from Crime and Punishment, and getting some positive feedback from highly acclaimed actors.
Over the years, Nyqvist has starred in several Swedish blockbuster movies and received numerous prestigious acting awards. The role in the Millennium Trilogy movies moved his career to an international stage.
Nykvist was only a few years old when his parents told him he was adopted, and that his father was from Italy. Throughout the book, the reader gets to follow his tireless quest to find his biological parents. Nyqvist sends a touching letter to his mother beginning with: "I want to thank you for me being here...". When he finally meets his mother, she refuses to reveal any details about his father and they are not able to connect with each other on a deeper level.
Through meticulous and fearless research, he finally succeeds in finding his father in Florence, Italy, and to his surprise and joy, he is welcomed with open arms into his Latin family.
There is an under layer of sadness throughout the book, and even though he succeeds in finding his roots, the emotional turmoil of finding out he was dropped off at an orphanage as a newborn has left deep emotional scars.
Nyqvist pours his heart into his writing, much like he does with his acting, and the result is a beautifully written book that showcases his gentle, reflective personality. His writing also highlights his determination and willingness to go to great lengths to perform his craft, to find out where he came from and where his place is in the world.