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  Frederik     September 19, 2014     Comment?

The British Edit magazine has a fantastic new cover story and pictorial on Noomi Rapace in their September 28 issue. Have a look at the pictures below, as well as an excerpt of their exclusive interview.

It is a pleasure meeting Noomi Rapace partly because, unlike so many actors, she is clearly enjoying her fame. She parties with model Lily Cole at London’s Maddox club (pictures on her phone prove that much dancing occurred); grabs the opportunity to sit front row (Lanvin, Berardi, Givenchy); and stays at celebrity favorite The Groucho Club whenever she’s in London. Even more appealing, though, is Rapace’s consummate passion for the work from which all these perks originate. When we convene at 9:30am, she is wearing a tracksuit and Riccardo Tisci for Nike trainers – she has been powerwalking in a London park for the past 90 minutes. “It clears my head,” she says. “I can go for three hours or more.” Luckily, she has time for such elongated activity, thanks to her nocturnal habits: “I often just can’t sleep. I have too much energy,” she shrugs.

  Frederik     January 26, 2014     2 Comments

The Independent has a fantastic new interview with Noomi in its weekend edition. They talk about many of her upcoming projects, including “Child 44”, “Alive Alone”, “What Happened to Monday?” and also traveling the world, working with Tom Hardy and the ups and downs of moving constantly. A very interesting article. Find a preview belwo, the complete piece is here.

Noomi Rapace made her name starring in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and its sequels in the Millennium trilogy looking like she had just left a new-wave punk band – clad in a leather suit with her black hair combed forward over her left eye, and numerous ear and nose piercings. She was a new type of female hero, combining brains – an ace computer hacker – and brawn. Her gut-wrenching performance as Lisbeth Salander helped propel herself and the books into the international stratosphere. It’s this complete immersion in her role that explains why the 34-year-old actress looks so emaciated when we meet. At first I was taken aback by how different she is from when we last met, less than two years ago. The dark locks seen in Prometheus have been dyed blond. And her frame, which was then toned by doing an impressive amount of Bikram yoga – an activity pivotal to her character in the Brian De Palma flop Passion – has now dissipated. The weight loss is because she is currently shooting Alive Alone, in which she plays a heroin addict and prostitute who gets entwined in New York with a former detainee from Guantanamo Bay. So, no need to call in the medics then.

  Frederik     March 09, 2013     Comment?

Here’s a nice collection of recent interviews that Noomi did with various magazines and online sources. They’re all very in-depth and feature an insightful look on “Dead Man Down”, her career so far and her films ahead (inlcuding “Passion”, “Animal Rescue” and “Child 44”) The complete collection of recently added interviews can be found below.

03.2013 The Los Angeles Times Noomi Rapace, director team for more darkness
03.2013 Esquire Q&A: Noomi Rapace
03.2013 NBC Bay Area Noomi Rapace muses on “Dead Man Down”
03.2013 Indie Wire How Noomi Rapace became a global movie star
03.2013 Indie Wire Noomi Rapace talks Dead Man Down
03.2013 Collider Noomi Rapace talks Dead Man Down
03.2013 Moviefone Noomi Rapace on Re-Teaming With Dragon Tattoo…
03.2013 The Wall Street Journal The Original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Strikes Again
  Frederik     March 09, 2013     Comment?

Although there have been quite some interviews – in print and on video – to promote this Friday’s release of “Dead Man Down”, reviews have been surprisingly rare. You would think that a mainstream-looking thriller (judging from the trailer) with Colin Farrell would create a buzz beforehand, but only a few reviews have been published yesterday and today about the film. So far, they come off rather mixed, as you can see from below’s excerpts.

USA Today, Claudia Puig
As a gritty thriller, Dead Man Down doesn’t stand out among its bullet-riddled brethren. It’s more notable for its weird moments and strange obsessions. Two that jump out are a repeated discussion of Tupperware and packs of exceptionally nasty children who attack a mildly scarred woman and tauntingly call her “Monster.” Dead Man Down seeks to come to a final resting place of redemption. But an attempt at an uplifting ending rings hollow after the antics of voracious rats and scores of ammo sent whizzing. Despite a talented international cast, Dead Man Down falls flat.

CBS, Bill Wine
As a dish best served cold, revenge can be a meal in itself. It’s certainly the entrée in the just-deserts drama Dead Man Down, which offers a shaky beginning and ending but a terrific middle. We already know that Rapace is an astonishingly skilled actress and she doesn’t disappoint here, combining moving vulnerability and red-hot anger, while Farrell is impressively expressive with his less-is-more approach to his taciturn character.

The Washington Post, Michael O’Suvillan
In many ways, “Dead Man Down” is a boilerplate revenge thriller. The story of two haunted and damaged loners drawn together by their mutual desire for vengeance (albeit against two different villains) features several of the signature moves of the genre. As she did with “Dragon Tattoo’s” Lisbeth Salander, Rapace brings a convincing intensity to a part that requires her to be, essentially, a kind of gleeful psychopath. Rather than going to therapy, she blackmails Victor into becoming her personal hit man after she spies him killing a stranger on his balcony.

The Huffington Post, Scott Mendelson
Up until the very end of the picture, Dead Man Down is a mostly serviceable crime drama. It has fine work from Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace along with worthwhile supporting turns by Terrance Howard and the always appreciated Domonic Cooper. It doesn’t set out to turn heads or reinvent the wheel, but it tells its grim story of revenge and tortured romance with just enough aplomb to merit a casual viewing.

Just as I was wondering why there is rather little to no promotion on “Dead Man Down”s theatrical release in the USA, regarding reviews and big interviews, I came across Ryan Adams’ article on Awards Daily on how “Dead Man Down” has managed to build buzz without being prominently featured by media outlets before its release. “[…] the buzz is interesting. A controversial youtube video called “Elevator Murder Experiment” has gone viral with over 2.6 million views, and even though 93% of readers responding on Rotten Tomatoes say want to see it there are no legitimate mainstream reviews at all yet on RT or metacritic. Dead Man Down is directed by Niels Arden Oplev, making his American film debut alongside former collaborators Noomi Rapace and composer Jacob Groth who wrote the score for Oplev’s first adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Terrence Howard, Dominic Cooper and Isabelle Huppert lead a top-notch cast. So why the lockdown on reviews? […] part of the answer may be that anticipation for Dead Man Down is building just fine without reviews. The complete article can be read here.

  Frederik     January 31, 2013     Comment?

A first cover appearance for 2013 has been released – and it’s a stunning one! Noomi Rapace is the cover girl of 10 Magazine’s Spring/Summer issue and a few excerpts from inside have been added to the gallery, with many thanks to Filip for letting me know. You can get the latest issue or magazine app on their official website.

  Frederik     November 17, 2012     Comment?

A short but nice article from the London Evening Standard: Swedish actress Noomi Rapace, best known for her role as the original Lisbeth Salander in the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, has just moved to London. “I shot two films here recently and just fell in love with the city, it’s so beautiful here,” she tells me. “And it makes sense for me because I work here a lot, and it’s closer to LA.” Rapace only learned English three years ago. “I didn’t speak a word of English and never had a dialect coach or anything. I just watched a lot of TV and tried to pick it up from there. But I do have to work on my accent, I pick up a lot of strange ones. When I was working with Colin Farrell and was talking to him, I really had to go and clear my head otherwise I’d sound like an Irishman.”

  Frederik     July 29, 2012     Comment?

Two new magazine scans have been added to the gallery. First, an interview with Noomi in the German television programme TV Movie, with many thanks to Alexandra for the scans. Then, a great cover story from the Spanish Mujer Hoy. The Spanish article can be read on their website.