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September 05,2017

Aviron Pictures has bought North American distribution rights to Andrea Di Stefano’s thriller “Three Seconds,” starring Joel Kinnaman, Rosamund Pike, Clive Owen, Common, and Ana de Armas.

The script, based on the Swedish novel by Anders Roslund and Börge Hellström, was written by Matt Cook with revisions by Rowan Joffé and Alex Garland, and current edits by Di Stefano.

Kinnaman plays a reformed criminal and former special ops soldier who, in order to free himself from jail, has been working undercover for crooked FBI handlers (played by Pike, Common, and Owen) to infiltrate the Polish mob’s drug trade in New York.

Thunder Road Pictures’ Basil Iwanyk and Erica Lee are producing alongside The Fyzz Facility’s Wayne Marc Godfrey, Robert Jones, Mark Lane and James Harris, and Ollie Madden. The Fyzz Facility is also financing the film. Thunder Road’s Jonathan Fuhrman and Magnolia Entertainment’s Shelley Browning are the executive producers.

Aviron picked up “Three Seconds” in advance of the Toronto Film Festival. Acquisitions head Jason Resnick brokered the deal for Aviron Pictures. Bloom handled international sales.

September 01,2017
Sara   /   1 Comment   •   Site Updates

Hello Joel fans! As you can see, Joel Kinnaman Fan has been re-designed today. This colorful, popping new design was created for us by my good friend Nicole, and I’m so excited to share it with you all – isn’t it pretty? We had some issues with the old design not working on phones or tablets, but that should no longer be an issue. I hope you’ll all love our new version!

Stay tuned for some big updates coming up, as I intend to get the film and TV sections of our gallery completed within the next few weeks. If there’s a certain project of Joel’s you’d like to see me prioritizing, don’t hesitate to leave a comment 🙂

August 30,2017
Sara   /   0 Comments   •   Candids Gallery Three Seconds

The cast of Joel’s upcoming film “Three Seconds” were photographed filming in New York City’s Central Park on August 27! Ana de Armas and Rosamund Pike filmed seperately, while Joel filmed with Common. 11 high quality photos of Joel can be found in our gallery, and you can check out photos of Ana and Rosamund at our sister site ANA DE ARMAS NETWORK if desired.

Three Seconds “follows reformed-criminal and former special ops soldier Pete Hoffman who, in order to free himself from jail and return to his wife and daughter, has been working undercover for crooked FBI handlers to infiltrate the Polish mob’s drug trade in New York. In a final step towards freedom, Hoffman must return to the one place he’s fought so hard to leave, Bale Hill Prison, where his mission becomes a race against time when a drug deal goes wrong and threatens his identity as a mole,” according to Deadline.

August 03,2017
Sara   /   1 Comment   •   Appearances Gallery

Good evening Joel fans! Our gallery has today been updated with almost 2 000 high quality photos of Joel at various public events between the years 2005 and 2016. These includes film premieres, parties, photo calls, award shows and conventions – and there are a good amount of rare treats in there, which you won’t be be able to find on any other sites in this quality. These includes some pretty “The Killing” press conference photos from 2011, and the Robocop press conference on January 22, 2014. But there are plenty more than just those, so dive in and get browsing!

Up next I’ll focus on the movie productions part of the gallery, adding screen captures, stills and on set photos from all of Joel’s films. I’ll also work on completing the House of Cards and The Killing screen captures, so stay tuned for plenty more big updates coming your way.

August 02,2017
Sara   /   0 Comments   •   Gallery Interviews Photoshoots

Hello Joel fans! As you all know from yesterday’s post, Joel covered Scandinavian Traveler last month. I thought the article with his interview was such a good one, that I decided to type it up for you all so you could easier read it right here at the site. He clears up the misunderstanding related to his family situation, and talks about many of his past projects – it’s a really good interview, and definitely worth a read.

In addition to the article, we’ve got some great new photos from his photoshoot for the magazine thanks to my friend Mouza! Make sure to head over to our gallery to view them after reading the article, as they’re a real treat. I particularly love the cover photo, which is one of my new favorite Joel photos…

Meet Joel Kinnaman
By: Gunnar Rehlin
For: Scandinavian Traveler, July 2017

On the very day we meet in New York, a couple of Swedish news-papers have published a rewrite of an interview with Joel Kinnaman in an American magazine. Linguistic misinterpretations and overtly slanted journalism mean that you could read that as a boy, Kinnaman was systematically abused by his father. “That was absolutely not the case. Now and again I’d get a clip round the ear when dad lost his temper. But I wasn’t beaten the way they write. My family have taken it very badly,” he says. Always candid in interview situations, Kinnaman admits with a sigh that maybe he should be a bit more cautious in the future. “It’s my fault it happened. I ought to have realized that what I said could be misinterpreted. I’m used to being open in interviews. In the future perhaps I’ll need to pay a bit more attention to what I’m saying.” What happened is one example of the consequences of the status Kinnaman has now acquired in the US. Attention-grabbing roles in movies such as Robocop and Run All Night and in TV series The Killing and House of Cards have made him what’s usually called a public person. And that comes with both positive publicity and sensationalist headlines. Where do you draw the line? “I don’t know. I look at Stellan Skarsgård, who’s always been personal, but only up to a certain limit. I’ve got nothing against talking about myself, but I don’t want to make friends and relatives suffer as a result.” We’re sitting talking to each other in a large building close to Manhattan’s Meatpacking District. Kinnaman’s home these days is in Los Angeles, where he and his wife, acclaimed tattoo artist Cleo Wattenström, have a house by the ocean in Venice. “I’m firmly rooted there now. But I’m going to get an apartment in Stockholm too. I don’t want to stay in a hotel when I’m there,” says the 37-year-old actor. The couple got married in 2016. Kinnaman shows me a tattoo on his left arm – done by Wattenström. “It means that I have to spend 90 minutes in make-up every day when filming to cover it up,” he smiles. Kinnaman’s rapid rise in Hollywood is due to the international success of Easy Money, based on Jens Lapidus’ book about a young man who’s enticed in to the world of organized crime in Stockholm. The movie was released in 2010 and there have been two sequels. The year before Easy Money came out, Kinnaman had been critically acclaimed as a drug addict in the drama In Your Veins, and when he reprised the role of police informer Frank Wagner in the TV series Johan Falk, it raised the series several notches. His intensive acting was the best thing about the series, and the reason why many people watched it.

Born Charles Joel Nordström Kinnaman in November 1979, his father Steve Kinnaman was an American who deserted from the war in Vietnam. After five years on the runin Laos, he came to Sweden where he met Bitte, who was to become Kinnaman’s mother. The actor has four full siblings and a half-sister, Melinda Kinnaman, who played one of the leading roles in Lasse Hallström’s Oscar-nominated My Life as a Dog.Having an American father is the reason why he speaks fluent English without a Swedish accent, which is obviously an advantage for someone trying to forgean international career. Kinnaman has often spoken about his messy child-hood and how he fell in with the wrong crowd and how this often caused huge rows between him and his father. “Sure, dad could sometimes give me a clip round the ear, something he’s incredibly ashamed about today. I was a difficult and troublesome teenager and dad struggled to deal with me. But we’ve got a good relationship now,” he says. And it was his thoughts about the father-son relationship that meant we were able to see Kinnaman in the action movie Run All Night a couple of years ago. “I’d been looking for a movie with a father and son theme for ages, and as it was also a good script, I obviously had to say yes to it.” The same day as I met Kinnaman, I also met the gnarled veteran Liam Neeson, who played his father in the movie. I asked him how high he thinks Kinnaman can climb in Hollywood. Neeson laughed and said, “Joel is not about to establish himself in the American movie industry. He’s already established here. He’s going to go far.” Many people I speak to say “he’s still very young,” and you can see that he personally, consciously or otherwise, looks for role models. Will Smith became one such influence during the shooting of Suicide Squad. “It’s fascinating to see someone who has been so successful for so many years,” says Kinnaman. “He’s been at the top for 25 years, yet he’s still the most humble, pleasant and professional person you could wish to meet. If he’s a minute late, he comes running. He’s forever concerned that everyone should be happy. He’s a real inspiration as a person. I’m not embarrassed to say that I take after him a great deal. It’s important as an actor to always learn new things and to be insistent on rehearsing and rehearsing.” I call his father Steve and ask him how his son be-came interested in acting. He says, “He simply made up his mind one day. He came home and said, ‘I’m going to become an actor.’ That was in his late teens,and he called every theater and eventually got a job on a theater boat. Once he’d made that decision he concentrated all his efforts and all his focus and interest on it. He applied to drama school in Stockholm, didn’t get a place, but was accepted in Malmö. And in the meantime, he played minor roles in movies.”

Kinnaman made his film debut in Stockholm in 2002, playing opposite his close friend Gustaf Skarsgård in The Invisible. This was followed by roles in movies such as Hannah med H and Arn – The Knight Templar. In 2010 came Easy Money, which became a global hit,and Hollywood soon came knocking for both Kinnaman and director Daniel Espinosa. However, not everything that he has done since has turned out well. In fall 2010, I visited Kinnaman in Moscow where he was shooting the sci-fi movie The Darkest Hour in 3D. We met in the middle of the night in what was supposed to represent a bullet-riddled American Embassy. Kinnaman said, “I love all kinds of movies, including American popcorn movies and sci-fi. And ever since I saw Avatar it’s been a dream of mine to be in a 3D movie. It’s challenging and fun. I’ve never been in a movie with so much technical acting before.” The shooting may have been fun and the level of ambition high, but when the movie came out it was mercilessly panned, and it flopped at the box office.After two more Easy Money movies and The American Safe House, with pal Espinosa in the director’s chair, Kinnaman was signed to play the lead role in a remake of the classic action movie Robocop. It was an ambitious film, but was criticized for toning down the violence compared to the original. Kinnaman laughs. “That caused me trouble. In the first interview I did about it,I said it definitely would be violent and that it would get an R rating in the US. I then got 25 calls from agents saying ‘you can’t say that, the movie will have a PG 13 rating.’ It was an honest attempt to do a good remake, but they didn’t get what the fans loved about the original. The ultra-violence was a key part of the movie, it was a statement. It should have been made more like Deadpool.” Kinnaman gets plenty of offers to make action movies. “Obviously, I make loads of action movies and thrillers, but that’s what I get offered most, and it’s where I’ve found the best scripts. I did do a rom-com that was not that good and I was in a ridiculous sci-fi movie.” As we know, we’re in the golden age of television and Kinnaman plays an active part in this. He was in The Killing, the American remake of the Danish series Brottet, and in House of Cards he appeared as a presidential candidate trying to beat Kevin Spacey’s manipulative Frank Underwood. He reprises the same role in the current season. “The storyline in House of Cards has been so dramatic, but there was also the real election campaign alongside it. So we needed to raise the bar. I personally found it really fun to come back to this character. The character had landed and has a fun arc.” I ask if he’s politically active. “I follow politics, I’m very interested. I must get more involved now, perhaps. It’s possible that in a few years time, people are going to look back and say ‘what have we done?’”“What’s happening in the world is a bit reminiscent of the atmosphere before World War II. Having said that, people lived through the Cold War during the 50s and 60s, with the threat of nuclear war hanging over them. It’s been calm for 15-20 years now.” He went straight from House of Cards to six months training for the Netflix sci-fi series Altered Carbon. “It’s far and away the most demanding thing I’ve ever done. It’s heavy drama with long scenes and loads of dialogue, and there’s plenty of action. I’ve taken the action part more seriously than previously and do all my own stunts. That’s absolutely brilliant.” Will he come back in the next season? Everything’s top secret. “In the world in which the series is set, physical bodies don’t have the same significance. Everything is stored on a chip, so you can switch bodies.” Kinnaman is shooting in London over the summer, and hopefully this coming fall/winter he’ll be able to make the movie about his dad’s escape from the US army,for which the actor is writing the script. “We’ve received development support from the Swedish Film Institute. It’s brilliant that they believe in the project. I hope we can do the filming on location in Laos. It looks the same today as it did 40 years ago. And I want to shoot it in documentary style, a bit guerrilla style.” Kinnaman has to go back to the film set. My final question – has he got any new tattoos? “Yes, I’ve got one on my other arm too. So now I’m symmetrical. But that will be it. I have to get into the makeup department even earlier. I’m naked from the waist up in pretty much every scene.”

August 01,2017

Last month, Joel covered “Scandinavian Traveler”, a magazine from Scandinavian airlines. We was photographed by Daniel Sahlberg (who some might also remember photographed his great spread in “Filler Magazine” back in 2015!), and our gallery has been updated with both magazine scans and outtakes. Enjoy the new photos!

June 21,2017
Sara   /   0 Comments   •   Gallery Photoshoots Site Updates

Hello Joel fans, and welcome to the brand new Joel Kinnaman fan! As you can see, we are now at a new domain: www.Joel-Kinnaman.com – and we have a brand new layout! The header was the designed by my good friend Carol, and I really love it myself. I hope you’ll like it just as much as me. I have also began on a brand new photo gallery. I have been able to get my hands on better quality versions of all of Joel’s past projects, and I have already began uploading new caps to the gallery. We will also soon have HQ versions of all of Joel’s public appearances, and there is going to be a lot of new additions which we didn’t have before. The photoshoot section is already up and ready, and it now contains several new shoots which we didn’t have before – including some rare and exclusive ones! I think you’ll all enjoy browsing that one 😉

Over the next few days, I will launch new site features daily. In addition to many, many more gallery updates, we will soon have complete information on all of Joel’s projects (you can take a sneak peak at all I am planning to add in the career section), a press section containing articles, interviews and transcripts (including several translations of his older interviews which were previously only available in Swedish) and so much more! I am really excited to be working on this site, and I can’t wait to share everything I’m working on with you all. Make sure to check back a lot this weekend, and follow us on twitter!

June 19,2017
Sara   /   0 Comments   •   Site Updates

Hello Joel fans! My name is Sara, and I am the new owner here at Joel Kinnaman Fan. I would like to start by thanking Melanie for allowing me to adopt this wonderful site, which I’ve been a big fan of for many years now! I’m really excited about taking it over, and I have a lot of big plans for the site which I can’t wait to share with you all.

I am currently working on a new layout for the site, and we will also have a brand new photo gallery. I have a big collection of Joel photos which I will merge with the current collection, and I plan on upgrading all the event photos with higher quality versions. I will also replace most of the film and TV screen captures with blu-ray quality, and add a lot of new (old) projects! All I ask for is a teensy bit of patience while I get it all ready. You can follow our twitter account for all the latest updates!

March 29,2017
Melanie Jo   /   0 Comments   •   Site Updates

Hey guys! I know the site has been off for a few months but I want you to know the site is coming back soon. I want to get a new theme up before that happens but wont happen for a few weeks. Also, with not much so far going on with Joel, that will give me time to catch up! So stay tuned and bare with me.


August 21,2016

As military man Rick Flag, Joel Kinnaman babysits some of DC Comics’ baddest villains as they band together for an unlikely world-saving mission in Warner Bros’ Suicide Squad. While the film’s blockbuster earnings and often-scathing reviews have inspired endless chatter, the 36-year-old actor is out to spread the word about another film he stars in that’s coming to theaters this Friday. Edge of Winter is a tense psychological thriller in which Kinnaman plays a divorced, increasingly unstable father whose hunting trip with his two sons — played by Tom Holland (aka, Marvel’s newest Spider-Man) and Percy Hynes-White — quickly goes off the rails. In anticipation of its debut, we chatted with Kinnaman about Suicide Squad’s negative reviews, what drew him to Edge of Winter, and how his big-screen roles tend to involve firearms.

What’s been your reaction to Suicide Squad‘s negative critical reception?
Of course, you want to get great reviews. But the existence of an actor is basically, 95% of the time, we’re being told that, no, that wasn’t quite right. You have to develop pretty thick skin, and make yourself not completely dependent on what other people think.

In a film like Suicide Squad, the main ambition is to entertain. It doesn’t have any political aspirations. It doesn’t really dig deep, other than to portray these characters honestly. So with that kind of ambition, it becomes even more important what the fans think. I was disappointed, and I thought it was unjust the way that we were reviewed in some of the magazines. But at the same time, I was really happy, and actually a bit blown away, by the fans’ response. I don’t remember ever seeing a bigger split between what the critics and the audience thought of a film. It was a pretty big difference.

Would you be up for a sequel?
For sure. We had so much fun making this film. We really became a little family. So if nothing else, I want to do another one just so I can hang out with all of my friends again. I definitely think that, if this film is successful, then they’re going to do another one.

Did you film Edge of Winter before or after Suicide Squad?
Before. I finished Edge of Winter eight days before my first shooting day on Suicide Squad. It was fortunate that they were both sort of in the same neck of the woods. I shot Edge of Winter in Sudbury, Canada, which is a 4- to 5-hour drive from Toronto. So on a couple of the weekends that I had on Edge, I went down to Toronto and did some stunt training and stuff like that.

I would have loved a little bit more time in between them, but you don’t get that luxury. I had five days between Suicide Squad and House of Cards after that, so it was a pretty hectic year.

How do you manage such a transition, especially between such varied projects?
You just flip that switch, and you focus on what’s ahead of you. Edge of Winter was such a short shoot. We shot it in 19 days, and probably with a smaller budget than the catering department had on Suicide Squad [laughs]. But at the same time, every day on a film like this, you’re doing something substantial. And this character was one of the most challenging I’ve ever done. That’s what drew me to the film, was the opportunity to try to portray and give an understanding to a man, and to a type of man — you know, it’s so hard to find a redeeming quality about a man that becomes a threat to the life of his own children. I’m drawn to a lot of different kinds of characters, but I felt that this was a really unique opportunity. A character like this, he can say a lot about our whole society. Because some people are wired in a certain way where they’re just not quite able to function in society if they don’t get a very special attention, or if they fall under certain circumstances.

I found that really intriguing — and not just to do a villain; to give an audience an understanding of what’s behind this kind of behavior. Because I think that understanding is the key. When we just rule somebody out as crazy, that’s when we can’t learn from our mistakes, and that’s when we can’t prevent [bad choices] from happening again. There are a lot of films made about revenge and these primal emotions, which I have a lot of understanding for. But it’s also really important to make films where somebody that has done something incomprehensible — you can at least see what kind of person he is, and where he came from. I think it makes us more whole, to get that kind of understanding. I think this was an opportunity to do that, but in a film that’s also a very exciting, heart-thumping psychological thriller.

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