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


Nov 6 2013, 8:51am

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Article: Persbrandt prepared for the role of Beorn by talking to wolves Can't Post

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)

Tol Eressea

Nov 6 2013, 11:10am

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wow :D // [In reply to] Can't Post


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Nov 6 2013, 11:58am

Post #3 of 12 (799 views)
That is some extreme method acting preparation! [In reply to] Can't Post

Hanging out with real wolves to be able to think like an animal? Amazing! I'm now even more looking forward to Mr. Persbrandt's performance, regardless of any possible character design issues!


Nov 6 2013, 12:06pm

Post #4 of 12 (783 views)
That sounds amazing! [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm really looking forward to MP's appearance in the films I rate him highly as an actor.

Tol Eressea

Nov 6 2013, 1:53pm

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Yeah, it's amazing the lengths some of them go to! [In reply to] Can't Post

Good see he's got a sense of humour, too! Smile

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Nov 6 2013, 3:16pm

Post #6 of 12 (681 views)
Love this - thanks so much for posting! [In reply to] Can't Post

So impressed - always love it when actors go 200% in preparing, and talking to wolves, spending time with wolves! And talking to the alpha wolf - wish there were pictures of that. Persbrandt sounds like another amazing guy and hope for some more interviews with him.

Tol Eressea

Nov 6 2013, 4:09pm

Post #7 of 12 (674 views)
Looking forward to Persbrandt's performance... [In reply to] Can't Post

I've never actually seen any of his work, but I keep hearing that he's a great actor (although one person on some message board referred to him as "the Swedish Charlie Sheen", whatever the hell that means).


Nov 6 2013, 4:21pm

Post #8 of 12 (668 views)
Not a compliment [In reply to] Can't Post

A Few years ago he had some problems with drugs.

But I know a Lot of his films and always like his acting.
He often plays Outlaws, kind of. Maybe that's why... ;)


Nov 6 2013, 5:55pm

Post #9 of 12 (610 views)
The thing I remember him from is one of the Swedish detective series [In reply to] Can't Post

He is really very good in this. Never seen him playing a badie of any sort.

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I know a Lot of his films and always like his acting.
He often plays Outlaws, kind of. Maybe that's why... ;)


Nov 6 2013, 6:58pm

Post #10 of 12 (586 views)
But [In reply to] Can't Post

when You know him from "Beck" you must have seen him playing the bad guy Wink

(This post was edited by Fleuz on Nov 6 2013, 6:59pm)


Nov 6 2013, 8:00pm

Post #11 of 12 (570 views)
This guy is crazy! [In reply to] Can't Post

"I could of snapped the wolves neck!" xD

I simply walked into Mordor.


Nov 6 2013, 11:02pm

Post #12 of 12 (500 views)
Yes, but he isn't a 'bad' guy in Beck [In reply to] Can't Post

He is not quite 'good', but on the right side, in any case.

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when You know him from "Beck" you must have seen him playing the bad guy Wink


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