Pilou Asbæk on Living Away From Hollywood


ComingSoon Senior Editor Spencer Legacy spoke with Pilou Asbæk about his villainous position within the upcoming Prime Video movie Samaritan. Asbæk mentioned taking part in unhealthy guys and dwelling away from the Hollywood life-style.

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“Thirteen-year-old Sam Cleary suspects that his mysterious and reclusive neighbor, Mr. Smith, is actually a legend hiding in plain sight,” reads the movie’s synopsis. “Twenty-five years ago, Granite City’s superpowered vigilante, Samaritan, was reported dead after a fiery warehouse battle with his rival, Nemesis. Most believe he perished in the fire, but some, like Sam, have hope that he’s still alive. With crime now on the rise, Sam makes it his mission to coax Samaritan out of hiding to save the city from ruin.”



Spencer Legacy: What drew you to Samaritan when it was pitched?

Pilou Asbæk: First of all, I’m not able the place individuals will pitch me stuff. [laughs] So I nonetheless have gotten to go to auditions and do tapes, and so forth. Hopefully, it would change someday, however truly, you don’t need it to alter. When individuals provide you with an audition, it’s additionally an opportunity so that you can present a unique facet of your self, you already know what I imply? Or else you all the time get the identical roles, and I’ve finished plenty of villains now, so possibly I need to strive one thing else.

But with Samaritan, it was working with Julius Avery. We got here off Overlord. I do know him; he’s a fantastic buddy of mine now. We’re actually good associates. We’re on child footage and stuff like that. The script, and to work with Wanna [Javon Walton] and, in fact, to work with Sly. Working with the large man. Coming out of Denmark, Copenhagen working with royalty like Sylvester Stallone. That’s a dream come true.

You talked about that you just performed plenty of villains. Do you favor extra heroic characters, or do you favor extra villainous characters?

No, the factor is, in case you’ve seen me within the earlier work I did 15 years in the past, after which I did it for 10 years, you’ll see I’ve finished plenty of TV, plenty of movies, Oscar nominated movies and shit like that, very various work. But the factor is I’ve an accent. I’m Danish. I can’t conceal it. Not till I can be taught to do an American accent … I’ll all the time be a villain. Americans generally is a little bit black and white with that typically, however it’s completely cool, man.

I don’t need to criticize Hollywood as a result of Hollywood is giving me the chance to dwell out my goals and I like that. But I’ve set to work with the accent and the extra I work with it, the higher and extra nuanced I can get the work finished.

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Your character, Cyrus, is fairly intense in Samaritan. How did you get into that head house for every take?

I known as my spouse. [laughs] Don’t publish that!

Maybe I’ve plenty of anger inside me, however I don’t. I’m married 15 years now. I’ve a nine-year-old daughter. I like taking part in Nintendo. I’m very removed from the entire Hollywood life-style and I’m so far-off from Cyrus, it’s unbelievable. I come from a protected, good background, no bother in any respect. Never been in a struggle, however put in the suitable state of affairs with the suitable costume, the suitable gun, the suitable tattoos, the suitable solid, the suitable every little thing — I simply really feel this vitality the place you’ll be able to … I don’t know … something can occur. You know what I imply?

And once you’re working with Julius and also you’re working with Sly, I don’t need to be low cost. I need to go all in. This is perhaps the one movie I’m ever, ever gonna make once more with Julius. And this is perhaps the one movie I’m ever gonna make with Sylvester Stallone. I don’t need him to depart set and going, “he’s boring.” I would like him to depart set and be like, “I’m going to put him in Rocky 25!”

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