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The actors have a long history of being passionate about side projects: Some spend their spare time writing books, while others even join rock bands. But it’s fair to say that few of them have dual careers quite like Anders Danielsen Lie, who is currently playing a long-running love affair in both “Bergman Island” and “World’s Ugliest Man” – an electric movie Independent photo prompted a critic voice for him “Art house’s next great ex-boyfriend” – while still working full time as a doctor in Oslo.

“It was overwhelming,” Lie, 43, told me in a recent video chat, and he’s not joking: In early January, he was voted best supporting actor by National Association of Film Critics even if he works three days a week at a vaccination center in Oslo and two days a week as a general practitioner. “It feels a bit abstract because as an actor, the most important part of making a movie is the shot itself,” he said. “Then when the movie came out, it was a surreal experience.”

Expect things to become even more surreal as the praises “World’s ugliest person“Finally hits US theaters on February 4th. In this romantic play directed by Joachim Trier, Renate Reinsve, who won best actress for her role at Cannes Film Festival – plays Julie, a 20 year old young man trying to figure out his future. At times, she co-stars with Lie’s character, Aksel, an older, manipulative cartoonist, and accepts his settled life as her own. But even as they break up and Julie discovers new pursuits, she finds her relationship with the young Aksel unshakable.

Lie has previously collaborated with Trier on well-reviewed films “Replay” (2008) and “Oslo, August 31” (2012), but “World’s Ugliest Man” proved to be something of a breakthrough: the Internet has made tribute video with his character, and the film resonated with audiences who preferred to play simple people rather than superhumans. “It felt like we made something very local out of Oslo, and we were afraid if anyone else in the world would understand,” says Lie. “But people on the other side of the planet can identify with it. That’s what’s so good about feature films, they bring people together.”

These are edited excerpts from our conversation.

With Aksel and Julie, it seems that the qualities that drew them together eventually drove them apart. How would you summarize their relationship?

He’s good at articulating her feelings and thoughts, and that’s something she might want early in their relationship, but at this point, she’s just upset about it. He’s a pretty nice guy, but in a subtle way, he’s also trying to dominate her by using language as his tool, because that’s what he’s good at.

Is Aksel a “bad boyfriend”, like a recent article on Vanity Fair confirm?

Actually, I don’t see him as a bad boyfriend. She’s not bad; he’s not bad; they are just human. They are put in situations where they have to make difficult choices and end up feeling like the worst people in the world, but it’s not really their fault. It’s life’s fault, in a way.

In the film, we watch Julie flip between different identities, trying out a new job, a new passion. Would you act like that at that age?

Personally, I think my 20s and 30s were tough, hard years, because I spent so much time trying to figure out who I was and what to do. I haven’t made that option yet, but that doesn’t bother me much anymore. I am happy enough to have two children and a wife. Maybe it’s just that simple.

When you were young, did you feel pressure to make the final choice between acting and medicine?

This is my ongoing identity crisis.

Credit…David B. Torch for The New York Times

Maybe it’s just the double life that you feel is the best fit.

It’s definitely a double life, and sometimes it feels like an identity crisis because it’s just so much hustle and bustle that the calendar doesn’t work. It’s hard to combine those two professions, and sometimes I wonder a bit who I am. I’m trying to think of myself as something deeper than that: I’m not a doctor or an actor, I’m someone else, and these are just the roles I’m in.

Your mother is an actress. Has that affected the way you view the life of an actor?

My mom isn’t your typical actress – she’s not a diva or anything like that. She’s a very ordinary person, and I think it’s important to have a leg up in reality if you want to portray people on screen with confidence and credibility. But I grew up seeing what it’s like to be an actress and what it’s like to be a doctor, and end up being both! I should probably go into psychoanalysis or something.

Your father is a doctor. That’s pretty much dividing you down the middle, isn’t it?

Correct. Maybe it’s an inherited disease.

Does one occupation inform the other?

Being an actor has improved my communication skills as a doctor because acting is mostly about listening to other actors and trying to establish good communication, often with people you don’t know. very clear, and that reminds me a little bit of working as a doctor. I meet people, often for the first time, and they present a problem that is very personal to me, and I must have the correct information to help them. In fact, it is a very delicate and difficult communication job.

Credit…David B. Torch for The New York Times

You made your movie debut at the age of 11 in a movie called “Herman”. How come on?

My mother worked with the director, so she knew he was looking for a boy my age, and she asked me if I wanted to audition. I really don’t know what I signed up for – I was 10 at the time, and it felt like a game we were playing. I remember when the director wanted me to play the role, he came to our house with flowers and said, “Congrats,” and I panicked because I realized, “Now I really have to play that role and do it. presently.” For the first time, I felt nervous about not doing a good job, feeling exactly the same as I can now before the scene that was really important to me. I can be apprehensive about not rising on occasion.

After that movie, you were inactive as an actor for 16 years.

“Herman” was a great experience. I felt like I was playing with explosives. I am dealing with my emotions and controlling my soul in a very scary way.

Do you think feeling overwhelmed as a child might have informed your decision to live this double life? Acting can never completely overwhelm you right now because you also have a completely different career going on at the same time.

You should be an analyst. I think you’re here because I’ve always felt that it wouldn’t be good for me to work full time as an actor, especially when the parts were really dark and emotional. I often think that I have to find a psychologically sustainable way to work as an actor. I don’t know if I’ve been there yet, but I’m starting to see how I can protect myself.

It’s interesting that you’ve turned it down for so long, until Joachim Trier asks you to audition for “Reprise”. If that didn’t happen, do you think you would ever go back to acting?

When I was asked to audition for the first Joachim movie, I had no plans to get into acting – I had a year left in middle school and had other plans. But I have asked myself many times why I continue to do this, because I am a very neurotic person and if I perform on stage, I will be very, very nervous. It costs me a lot to do this and I often ask, “Why would you do it if it’s so hard?”

So why are you?

I think the process of creating a work of fiction and the experience of being in a fictional character is what fascinates me. It’s like you’re discovering and amplifying potentials within yourself that you may not be able to discover in real life.

Credit…David B. Torch for The New York Times

Did you ever do that “go to LA, meet Hollywood people”, or do you keep all that narrowly?

I’ve been to LA many times, but I have no naive illusions about what it’s like to be a movie actor. It’s important to me to be in this industry for the right reasons. I certainly have ambition, but I hope it’s more artistic ambition, not professional ambition.

I think those are good ambitions to have. I’ve seen European actors have a pivotal moment like yours, and they quickly make money playing the bad guy in an American comic book movie.

Maybe it would be fun to play that character! But I try to have a long-term perspective. I want to be in this job for a long time, and I don’t want to be someone who shows up for a year and then you never hear from that actor again. I want to build a career over time.

After all that has happened in the past year, do you feel more drawn to acting or medicine?

In an ideal world, I’d continue to do both. For the past five or so years, I think I’ve been trying to find a balance that makes sense, and it hasn’t worn me out. But I do not know. I keep postponing that final choice.

If there hasn’t been a final option so far, it probably never will.

You may be right. We shall see.

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