Joel Kinnaman as Christer Malm in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Something I wanted to do a long time ago… Joel Kinnaman as Christer Malm in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
In Part Two of our interview with actor Joel Kinnaman, he talks more about his portrayal of Detective Stephen Holder on Season Two of AMC’s THE KILLING (Sundays at 9 PM), plus how his upcoming role as the lead in the remake of ROBOCOP will differ from the original.
AX: Who do you think is a better cop, Holder or his partner Sarah Linden?
KINNAMAN: She has a very strong, intuitive strength and she kind of goes into the mind of the killer, and Holder comes from the street and that’s how he reasons and he can tell a liar when he sees one. So I think they compliment each other really well.
AX: Do you and Mireille Enos, who plays Linden, have conversations about how you’re going to do scenes together, or do you just hit the set and see how you work with each other as you do the work?
KINNAMAN: We’re really good friends and so if we’re in a scene that we have questions about, then we’ll talk about it, but our chemistry is so good that we always find a way to work it out. Usually, we actually work it out while we’re doing it. It’s very easy. We both find it very easy to play off each other, so it’s a very positive work relationship.
“I created the body of a meth addict,” said the Swedish actor of the secretive police detective (and former user) he plays on the AMC series The Killing. “I always try to change physically for a role because it gives you a different body language.” Already a big star in Sweden, Kinnaman will bulk up to portray an ex-convict in the sequel to his hit Swedish crime thriller Easy Money, and this December he’ll play a gay art director in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, directed by the famously perfectionist David Fincher. “I like that he does so many takes,” Kinnaman said. “The thing that really bugs me is when I don’t get enough time in front of the camera. You just feel like, Shit, I had more.”
— Joel Kinnaman (W Magazine, September 2011)