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Article: Persbrandt prepared for the role of Beorn by talking to wolves

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Nov 6 2013, 8:51am


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This is my not so professional translation of an article in Swedish magazine Nöjesbladet:


Mikael Persbrandt: I spoke to a wolf
The Swedish actor talks about his preparations for The Hobbit.


He plays a bear. Therefore, Mikael Persbrandt chose to prepare for The Hobbit by hanging out with the wolves at Kolmården (a Swedish zoo). ”The leader of the pack spoke to me”, he says in the book ”The Hobbit Official Movie Guide”.

All the secrecy is over. Now Mikael Persbrandt speaks out and tells his story about the shooting of the film series ”The Hobbit”. In the book ”The Hobbit Official Movie Guide” Persbrandt reveals that he prepared for the role of Beorn by socializing with the wolves at Kolmården.

Chatted with a wolf
It ended with a one-on-one with a wolf. ”The leader of the pack came up to me and talked to me. He really boosted my ego”, says Persbrandt in the book.

Mikael Persbrandt was never afraid of the wolves. He relied on his super physique. ”I have strong faith in myself. I thought, if anything happens and I’m in serious danger, then I would be able to snap the wolf’s neck”, he says.

But there were more to the preparations than just the meeting with the wolves. To get the hang of Beorn’s special bear voice, Mikael Persbrandt practised by listening to bear sounds. ”There were thousands of sounds. Angry, tired, sad – even a horny bear. When I practised the bear sounds, I thought I was on ’Candid Camera’”, he says.

”I got a nose job”
Every day during the shootings started with over two hours in make-up. ”I got a nose job and new teeth. That is something that happens to a lot of people in Hollywood. They’re fixing a lot of things there. Luckily enough, I can take it off when I go home”, he says with a laugh.

When the first pictures of the character Beorn leaked, the critique was harsh. Persbrandt himself describes his costume in a more lighthearted tone. ”Beorn is a little bit like a mix between a 70’s heavy metal artist and a horse running wild on the Argentinean savanna”, he says.

Only a week after Persbrandt visited the wolves at Kolmården, a keeper died after a wolf attack. Persbrandt carried the tragic incident with him in is interpretation of Beorn’s animal side. ”There is always something ticking in their heads. You just have to stumble to trigger their reactions, and then you’re dead. Super dead. The same thing goes for Beorn”, he says.

Now now Bill, you swore this was a battle between warriors, not a bunch of miss nancies, so warriors is what I brought

(This post was edited by DeadRabbits on Nov 6 2013, 8:54am)

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Article: Persbrandt prepared for the role of Beorn by talking to wolves DeadRabbits Send a private message to DeadRabbits Nov 6 2013, 8:51am
    wow :D // Xanaseb Send a private message to Xanaseb Nov 6 2013, 11:10am
    That is some extreme method acting preparation! Foromir Send a private message to Foromir Nov 6 2013, 11:58am
        Yeah, it's amazing the lengths some of them go to! Eleniel Send a private message to Eleniel Nov 6 2013, 1:53pm
    That sounds amazing! Glorfindela Send a private message to Glorfindela Nov 6 2013, 12:06pm
    Love this - thanks so much for posting! Avandel Send a private message to Avandel Nov 6 2013, 3:16pm
    Looking forward to Persbrandt's performance... Salmacis81 Send a private message to Salmacis81 Nov 6 2013, 4:09pm
        Not a compliment Fleuz Send a private message to Fleuz Nov 6 2013, 4:21pm
            The thing I remember him from is one of the Swedish detective series Glorfindela Send a private message to Glorfindela Nov 6 2013, 5:55pm
                But Fleuz Send a private message to Fleuz Nov 6 2013, 6:58pm
                    Yes, but he isn't a 'bad' guy in Beck Glorfindela Send a private message to Glorfindela Nov 6 2013, 11:02pm
    This guy is crazy! Thranderz Send a private message to Thranderz Nov 6 2013, 8:00pm

 
 
 

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