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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?

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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!

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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!

A new Fifty Shades Darker trailer was released on Wednesday and ups the sexy for the sequel.

Ana and Christian are getting back together in the Fifty Shades of Grey sequel, but the former has a couple of new rules: No secrets, way less BDSM. Christian agrees, but new problems come to light: Is someone from the millionaire’s past haunting him?

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A new Fifty Shades Darker trailer was released on Wednesday and ups the sexy for the sequel.

Ana and Christian are getting back together in the Fifty Shades of Grey sequel, but the former has a couple of new rules: No secrets, way less BDSM. Christian agrees, but new problems come to light: Is someone from the millionaire’s past haunting him?

Dakota Johnson continues to bring a fun vibe to Ana Steele, playing the awkward lines with self awareness better than Kristen Stewart ever did as Bella in Twilight. “Have dinner with me,” Christian begs. “Okay fine, I will have dinner with you, because I’m… hungry,” Ana replies. The line could come off corny if executed poorly, but Dakota has a strong hold on playing this character for fun.

Tickets for Fifty Shades Darker are now on sale. Check out a new poster for the movie below:

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The Fifty Shades Darker synopsis reads, “When a wounded Christian Grey tries to entice a cautious Ana Steele back into his life, she demands a new arrangement before she will give him another chance. As the two begin to build trust and find stability, shadowy figures from Christian’s past start to circle the couple, determined to destroy their hopes for a future together.”

The movie hits theaters this Valentine’s Day. It stars Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson, Jennifer Ehle, Victor Rasuk, Luke Grimes, Rita Ora, Eloise Mumford, Max Martini, Bella Heathcote, Kim Basinger and Marcia Gay Harden, and is directed by James Foley.

It’s looking like Nick Robinson will go from battling dinosaurs to battling the process of coming out.

‘Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda’ actor revealed

According to The Hollywood Reporter, 21-year-old Nick Robinson is in talks to play Simon in the book to film adaptation of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda written by Becky Albertalli. The movie will be directed by CW/DC Universe mastermind Greg Berlanti.

Nick Robinson is best known for his supporting role in Jurassic World, in which he played big brother Zach Mitchell. He also co-starred as Ben in the book to film adaptation of the dystopian novel The 5th Wave starring Chloe Moretz.

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It’s looking like Nick Robinson will go from battling dinosaurs to battling the process of coming out.

‘Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda’ actor revealed

According to The Hollywood Reporter, 21-year-old Nick Robinson is in talks to play Simon in the book to film adaptation of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda written by Becky Albertalli. The movie will be directed by CW/DC Universe mastermind Greg Berlanti.

Nick Robinson is best known for his supporting role in Jurassic World, in which he played big brother Zach Mitchell. He also co-starred as Ben in the book to film adaptation of the dystopian novel The 5th Wave starring Chloe Moretz.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is an excellent coming of age/coming out LGBT YA novel which we’ve raved about here on Hypable before. Nick Robinson is definitely an actor we can picture in the role, so we can’t wait to see him play the adorable character.

The film is being produced by Wyck Godfrey’s Temple Hill Entertainment, who’s responsible for The Maze Runner series, The Twilight Saga, and the upcoming Power Rangers.

What do think of Nick Robinson as Simon?

If you haven’t read it yet, we highly recommend that you do. The book was first published last year:

After you read it, be sure to check out our exclusive interview with Becky Albertalli. Simon was her first novel!

Netflix has unveiled a new Series of Unfortunate Events trailer, showing off Neil Patrick Harris’ excellent portrayal of the evil, wacky, will-stop-at-nothing-to-get-that-money Count Olaf.

Neil Patrick Harris’ ability to convincingly become any person — whether male or female, young or old, ugly or beautiful — becomes abundantly clear in the latest ASOUE trailer. While some of us may’ve been a little skeptical of his casting initially, it’s hard to imagine anyone else in the role after seeing previews like this.

The trailer begins with narrator Lemony Snicket (played by Patrick Warburton) warning that the new Netflix show is no delightful watch. Then the focus turns to Olaf and his mission to steal the children’s fortune, left to them by their parents after their untimely deaths:

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Netflix has unveiled a new Series of Unfortunate Events trailer, showing off Neil Patrick Harris’ excellent portrayal of the evil, wacky, will-stop-at-nothing-to-get-that-money Count Olaf.

Neil Patrick Harris’ ability to convincingly become any person — whether male or female, young or old, ugly or beautiful — becomes abundantly clear in the latest ASOUE trailer. While some of us may’ve been a little skeptical of his casting initially, it’s hard to imagine anyone else in the role after seeing previews like this.

The trailer begins with narrator Lemony Snicket (played by Patrick Warburton) warning that the new Netflix show is no delightful watch. Then the focus turns to Olaf and his mission to steal the children’s fortune, left to them by their parents after their untimely deaths:

The Unfortunate Events trailer also presents new looks at colorful characters including Uncle Monty (Aasif Mandvi, below), Aunt Josephine (Alfre Woodard, below), and Justice Strauss (Joan Cusack).

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A Series of Unfortunate Events premieres all eight episodes of its first season on January 13, 2017.

“Based on the internationally best-selling series of books by Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) and starring Emmy and Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris, A Series of Unfortunate Events recounts the tragic tale of the Baudelaire orphans — Violet, Klaus, and Sunny – whose evil guardian Count Olaf will stop at nothing to get his hands on their inheritance. The siblings must outsmart Olaf at every turn, foiling his many devious plans and disguises, in order to discover clues to their parents’ mysterious death.”

Another trailer was released two weeks ago — you can watch it here.

Is ‘Unfortunate Events’ looking as good as you hoped?

Harris previously confirmed that each book will be adapted into two episodes of the show. The first season of ASOUE covers the first four books, so presumably season 2 will roughly cover another four books. There are a total of 13 books in Lemony Snicket’s series.