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Rogues Gallery: Peter Stormare
The actor talks us through his most memorable bad guys

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Peter Stormare is one of those actors who should probably have a criminal record, since he steals any scene that's not nailed down. In the first instalment of a new Empire series, we asked Stormare to talk us through the nefarious credentials of his most memorably villainous roles. 

WORDS OWEN WILLIAMS
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Burrell - The Last Stand (2013)

The Last Stand

Burrell was great fun. I got some good reviews for that part. I think I made him a little bit funny. I said to Kim Je Woon that I didn’t want to walk around in black like the others, with the night vision goggles and stuff. If it was going to have the flavour of a western, then I thought the main bad guy who meets Arnie in the street had to be a gunslinger. He had to have like a holster and a peacemaker like in the good old days. My guys could run in black, like fucking military stormtroopers in Afghanistan, but thought that would be boring for my character. I said ‘Don’t put me in that shit!’ I wish I had long hair and a lot of beard. I wanted to be really dirty, like they are in the westerns, but we came up with a really great compromise.
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1 I never saw Star Wars
That line in Armageddon always bugged me: "You ever heard of Evel Knievel?" "No, I never saw Star Wars." If you've never heard of Evel Knievel, why would you associate him with a movie you never saw??! Either he's just making two totally unrelated statements for some reason ("I've never heard of him, and also I've never seen Star Wars"), or he HAS heard of Evel Knievel, and thinks he's a character from Star Wars, a movie he's never seen. More

Posted by sowasred2012 on Thursday May 9, 2013, 16:18

2 RE: What about...
Yeah Empire. Why didn't you ask him about every role in his entire career? How dare you just pick 10? You should have talked to him for at least 19 hours. You didn't even talk to him about his theatre work in Sweden in the 70's! What kind of show are you running! More

Posted by Osric on Monday May 6, 2013, 11:52

3 What about...
Hansel & Gretel, Witch Hunters, The Lost World : Jurassic Park, The Brothers Grimm, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, Lock-Out... More

Posted by Toursiveu on Saturday May 4, 2013, 19:50

4 Armageddon
'yuri, you ever heard of evel keneval?' 'i've never seen 'star wars'' More

Posted by spark1 on Friday May 3, 2013, 14:47

5 Great actor
Yes, Fargo has the quintessential Stomare villain, but I also absolutely LOVE him in Minority Report. Such a seedy bastard. You feel like taking a shower after that whole sequence. Freakin' love that movie. More

Posted by Mr Gittes on Friday May 3, 2013, 12:44

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Great feature.. You should do a series of them on all the 27%ers. More

Posted by ash333 on Friday May 3, 2013, 09:53


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