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I remember, I asked them, ‘Jesus, why the woodchipper?’ They said it was from when they were young, and a guy in their neighbourhood had been killed that way or something. They were like, ‘It’s not that rare!’ and they showed me many pictures. Crazy. Fargo was the one that really opened a lot of doors for me. I’ve only worked with them the two times. They say we’re going to do something else together, but I don’t know if it’ll ever happen. We’re really good friends, so hopefully. I had a part in Miller’s Crossing, but I couldn’t do it because I was in the National Theatre in Sweden. They re-wrote it. I was supposed to be a sniper running around on top of buildings shooting people. He was supposed to be called The Swede, but they made him older and re-cast him and then he was called The Dane. I turned that down and also a Wim Wenders movie, and that was the point where I stopped doing theatre. I thought, ‘These offers aren’t going to keep coming up forever.’

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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

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