"Swedes Are So Cool"
Kvllsposten, 2 June 2008
The role of Kurt Wallander is incredibly fascinating. He has problems with his daughter and father and has problems with women, too. But he does his job as a policeman very well and solves murders to the best of his ability. Yesterday, the internationally famous British actor Kenneth Branagh made what was possibly the only appearance until BBC's three Wallander films are completed.
Branagh, who is also co-financier of the three Henning Mankell books "Sidetracked", "One Step Behind" and "Firewall", has found a real challenge in the character of Kurt Wallander.
Or, as producer Francis Hopkinson put it:
With a twinkle in his eye, Kenneth Branagh concludes that Kurt Wallander "would probably not be an easy friend to get along with".
Met on Gottland
"Things have gone so very fast", says Branagh.
What does he like about living in Ystad? "The Swedes are bloody cool. The neighbors hardly reacts if they open their blinds to find a 70-man strong film crew."
Three films a year