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Actor Peter Stormare talks to Hypable about his roles in Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters and The Last Stand, and his incredible career so far.

Action movie fans will almost definitely recognise Swedish actor Peter Stormare (age 59), seeing as his past work includes such iconic genre movies as Jurassic Park: The Lost World, Armageddon, Minority Report and The Brothers Grimm. TV fans might recognise him as the villain from the first season of Prison Break, and other memorable guest appearances include Hawaii 5-0, Entourage and NCIS: Los Angeles.

Currently, you can see Stormare on the big screen both in the fairytale movie Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters and the modern-day Arnold Schwarzenegger western The Last Stand. We spoke to Stormare about his roles in these movies, Hollywood’s current fascination with all things Scandinavia, and the future of the film industry.

What can you tell us about Hansel & Gretel?


It’s basically a modern take on the Hansel and Gretel story, and they’re witch hunters. It’s actually a Norwegian guy (Tommy Wirkola) who wrote the script and directed it; a very good and talented guy from the borders of Finland. He’d previously done a movie called Dead Snow about Nazis rising from the dead, he’s a crazy guy.

In the movie it’s a lot of witches, it’s a lot of flying on brooms – it’s a lot of Scandinavian things. Here witches aren’t flying on brooms really, it’s more of a Scandinavian take on it. It’s really, really good, the director did a good job.

What do you think about the trend in Hollywood of remaking fairytales and putting them in a more modern context?

Well we’ve come back to the old fairytales, and we’re still dealing with the same material over and over again in one way or another, which is kind of nice because fairytales are the best. And also for this one, I think Scandinavia in general is very popular in Hollywood right now – it’s the flavour of the month, as they say.

How about The Last Stand? That looks like a lot of fun!


It was a lot of fun yeah, it was the formula of an old Western. It’s kind of like John Wayne is back in town – except here you have Arnie [Schwarzenegger] doing it. It’s like an old Wild West but in a modern setting, and it’s very nice to see an older actor being on stage and doing something. Because everybody has to look so darn good and being young these days.

As for me, I play a funny character who gets a showdown with Arnie. But this is all about Arnold, people can go see a good old Arnold movie in a new setting – I think he’s an awesome guy, and it’s just very daring, what he does.

How do you pick your roles? Are you particularly attracted to action movies?

I like to do it all. It becomes boring to do the same thing all the time, it’s nice to do some science fiction, some adventure, some fairytales, some drama… I’ve had luck in my career. It’s been anything from modern, I’ve been in outer space, I’ve been in the good old days, costume dramas… I’ve been lucky.

You’ve worked with some big names already, but are there any particular actors or directors you’re hoping to work with in the future?

Lars von Trier's Dancer in the Dark 2000: Peter Stormare and David Morse
Peter Stormare as Jeff (right) with David Morse in Lars von Trier’s iconic Dancer in the Dark (2000)

I would like to work with David Lynch, I’ve been trying a couple of times, and hopefully one day it’ll work out. I think he’s interesting, everything he does has something special – he’s a good, interesting director, he’s done a lot of daring projects. And also [Danish director] Lars von Trier, I’d like to work with him again.

You’ve got some independent films coming up as well, does that movement interest you?

Yeah, I am interested. I’ve done a lot of boom-crash-bang movies, the big studio movies, and now the independent movies are more interesting in a way, because they don’t follow the same formula. Sometimes the studio movies are really painting by numbers, they’re really predictable in many ways.

But at the same time, the independent movies are being taken over by the studios, too. But I think that’s a good thing, it’s a sign of the times. Things are changing, the music industry is dying, and the movie industry is reshaping itself completely. The independent movies used to disappear, but now they’re becoming more mainstream.

Tell me about your upcoming horror movie Clown – that looks terrifying!

Peter Stormare Clown 2013
It was a pretty good script, and hopefully it will be as good as the script. Sometimes you never know. In Scandinavia, back in the ‘40s and ‘50s, there were a lot of movies being done about the occult that were very strange and dark, and we’re seeing that they are beginning to be remade now. Remake, remake. It’s all very interesting. [Swedish director Ingmar] Bergman has a couple of very scary movies that people have never really seen, all about internal fear, psychological thrillers which is really cool. So those are gonna be remade I think.

What does the future look like for you?

I’d like to direct something [on stage], but I don’t know where and when and how. It’s hard to fit it in. I have no time – I never see movies or TV. There are so many other things in life you could be doing other than to sit by a TV for two hours.

I’m full of curiosity, I want to see the world and meet interesting people, it’s part of my lifestyle to do all these things. I’ve been doing a couple of movies in China, and it’s been very inspiring. They do a lot of movies, and there’s so many people over there.

So in general, it’s been good. I’m still happy to be able to do this. Coming from a small village in Northern Sweden and be able to do this, it’s a dream come true.

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters and The Last Stand are both in cinemas now!

Cassandra Clare keeps expanding the Shadowhunters’ universe, with the first adult books of the chronicles just announced!

Clare announced via press release this morning that she’ll publish a trilogy about Magnus Bane, the fan-favorite warlock who’s appeared in every single one of her books and already received a collection of eleven spin-off novellas all about him (The Bane Chronicles). There is no word yet on whether the new books will tie in with the stories told in The Bane Chronicles.

Interestingly, this trilogy will be Clare’s first foray into adult literature, after writing extensively in the YA realm. She always pushed the boundaries of YA, though, with the inclusion of “Dirty Sexy Balcony Scenes” and the like. The first Shadowhunter book, City of Bones, was published in 2007, and the teens who picked it up back then will feel right at home in the adult section of a bookstore today.

Also of note, the series will be co-written with Wesley Chu (author of The Lives of Tao). Clare seems to like having co-writers when dealing with Magnus Bane; The Bane Chronicles are the only other Shadowhunter books that have other authors attached.

The first Magnus Bane book is expected to be published in November 2017. This means that Cassandra Clare will have three Shadowhunters series being published concurrently… The Dark Artifices, The Last Hours, and this Magnus Bane series.

If various sources are to be believed, all three will have an installment published in 2017. The second Dark Artifices book, Lord of Shadows, is expected in April. The Magnus Bane book, as mentioned above, is due in November. And the official site of the Shadowhunter Chronicles still says that the first Last Hours book, Chain of Thorns, is expected in 2017. Clare has a sixth series planned after getting some of these finished, The Wicked Powers, so there’ll be more Shadowhunters coming to a bookstore near you at least through the early 2020s.

Perhaps the decision to publish the Magnus Bane trilogy was based on the character’s success on the Shadowhunters TV show, where the fan favorite is portrayed by Harry Shum Jr. Shadowhunters was renewed for a second season by ABC Family, and it looks like they may have many seasons ahead of them.

Clare said, “Over the years writing the Shadowhunter books, Magnus Bane has emerged as one of the most fun and fascinating characters for me to bring to life… There are so many things we don’t know about Magnus, from the story of his first love to the secrets of his parentage, to the beginning of his relationship with Alec. All those are things I was able to touch on in The Bane Chronicles, but I’m excited to dig in even more deeply in these three volumes devoted to Magnus, his past, his future, and his present.”

Are you excited for three books all about Magnus Bane, or is this Shadowhunter overkill?

Arrested Development‘s fourth season aired three years ago today. To celebrate its legacy (and to try to forget how much we’re missing it right now), let’s rank the best recurring Arrested Development jokes!

It’s really no secret that Arrested Development has some of the best recurring jokes and gags of all time. Even people who don’t watch the show are familiar with things like “There’s always money in the banana stand” and “I’ve made a huge mistake.” The jokes in this show are just so understated and catchy that it would’ve been crazy had they not have caught on. Thanks to Arrested Development‘s recurring jokes, pop culture has never been quite the same.

To celebrate our undying love for Arrested Development, we decided to forgo the banner (sorry, everyone) and instead put together a list of all of the gags and jokes that we think are the best ones the show’s ever done. Not only that, but we’re leaving it up to you to rank them!

How to play: Love a certain joke and think that it should be at the top of the list? Upvote it. Really hate another joke and don’t understand how it got on the list in the first place? Hit that little downward-facing arrow. Don’t care either way for some of these gags? Then you can just leave them untouched. It’s all good! We just want to know what YOU think! With everyone participating we’ll be able to build a definitive list of the best Arrested Development jokes!

So, grab your denim cut-offs and hot ham water, and maybe even do a little chicken dance to get yourself pumped up (but not with the hot ham water in your hand, please). If you’re an Arrested Development fan, you’re sure to love ranking these jokes.

(Just be careful about which arrow you hit. You don’t want to hit the wrong one and find yourself saying “I’ve made a huge mistake.”)

Are there any ‘Arrested Development’ jokes missing from the list? Add them below!

 
Related: Arrested Development season 4 drinking game

Marvel fans aren’t pleased with the twist in Captain America: Steve Rogers #1.

By now you know that Steve Rogers is revealed to be a Hydra agent in the first issue of the new Captain America: Steve Rogers series (Read our in-depth analysis of the new issue here). Naturally this news — that ultimate do-gooder Cap would be so evil — has not sat well with fans.

The general consensus is that this shit is unacceptable…

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… And the only thing to do is ignore it:

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Others think Marvel need a taste of their own medicine:

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And/or need to fire their lame-o writers:

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Then there are beautiful Photoshops like this one of Chris Evans’ Captain America ripping up a tree the comic:

http://epicgeekdom.tumblr.com/post/144924279502/after-hearing-captain-america-has-always-been

Some people are Photoshopping the comic to make him say things that are just as outrageous as him being a HYDRA agent:


http://codyjohnston.tumblr.com/post/144920242899/marvel-how-could-you

While others are giving him a different revelation — one concerning Bucky. This is the twist that SHOULD be in the new Captain America series

http://fukinweeeb.tumblr.com/post/144923721446/guys-i-found-the-real-version-calm-down

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Marvel, please write yourself out of this one as quickly as possible.

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… Before you start coming up with other outrageous revelations

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