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Swedish actor Rolf Lassgård features in what could be a blockbuster Hollywood film next year: the Alexander Payne sci-fi comedy-drama Downsizing, starring Matt Damon.

Rolf Lassgård
Rolf Lassgård – Photo courtesy of Siebbi (CC BY 3.0)

Rolf Lassgård. Euro TV fans know him from the pre-Krister Henriksson Wallander movies, the Swedish crime drama series Sebastian Bergman, the Danish film After the Wedding (opposite Mads Mikkelsen), and/or the Norwegian dramedy series Dag.

Now he joins the long and still-growing list of Swedish acting talent crossing the fjords for Hollywood — from Greta Garbo, Ingrid Bergman, and Max von Sydow, to Stellan Skarsgård, Lena Olin, and Peter Stormare — as he begins filming on Downsizing in a few weeks.

Downsizing, a future-set sci-fi dramedy from double Oscar® winner Alexander Payne (The Descendants, Sideways), features Lassgård in the role of a Norwegian scientist. His character is one of the team of researchers who invent a way of shrinking human beings as a way to handle the problem of overpopulation.

Said Lassgård about working with Payne in an interview with Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet:

“It’s absolutely amazing to be working with someone like Payne, a director who has never made a bad movie.

“We had his film, About Schmidt, as inspiration when we did A Man Called Ove.”

Payne was likewise effusive about Lassgård.

“I chose Rolf because he’s a fantastic actor. He sent me a tape that he had made of a scene from the film, and he’s the right age for the role. It doesn’t hurt that I had heard that he is one of the best actors in your part of the world and now I see why. I look forward to working with him. I just hope that the Norwegians will forgive me if I sound record a Swede as a Norwegian.”

Starring in Downsizing as a man who decides his life would be better if he were shrunken down to a literal mini-me is Matt Damon (The Martian). The film’s costars include Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids), Jason Sudeikis (Horrible Bosses), Christoph Waltz (Spectre), Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), and Alec Baldwin (30 Rock).

Downsizing began filming on the 1st of April in Los Angeles and Ontario, California. Other locations include Omaha, Nebraska, and Toronto, Canada, with on-location shooting in Norway set for this August. The film is currently slated for release in autumn 2017.


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Rolf Lassgård Goes Hollywood in Alexander Payne Film ‘Downsizing’
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