Swedish actors are very much in fashion these days, with some of the hottest stars in Hollywood having a proud Swedish heritage. Many of these stars also have a strong interest in sports, so what are the favorite games of some of the country’s most internationally renowned actors?
Alexander Skarsgård Support Hammarby
Alexander Skarsgård was born in Stockholm and started acting at a young age, returning to it after a spell in the Swedish military. His breakthrough came when he was given a role in the 2001 movie Zoolander, starring Ben Stiller. Since then, he has cemented his reputation by appearing in the likes of The Legend of Tarzan, True Blood, and Godzilla vs Kong.
It was recently reported that Skarsgård was close to getting the role of Thor, which was eventually filled by Chris Hemsworth. However, while he missed out on the chance to wield the mighty mjölnir, we will get the chance to see him soon in The Northman. This Viking epic from Robert Eggers also features Nicola Kidman, Ethan Hawke, and Willem Dafoe in the star-studded cast.
In terms of sport, the actor is a long-term supporter of the Hammarby soccer team, which plays out of Stockholm. In the past, he donated personal, autographed items to help raise funds for the club. He can also be seen on some YouTube videos, attending the team’s game and cheering them on.
Joel Kinnaman Also Supports Hammarby
Another Swedish actor you might have seen a lot of lately, Kinnaman is best known around the globe for his role as Detective Stephen Holder in The Killing, although he made his name in Sweden earlier thanks to the Easy Money movie. Among his other roles. Kinnaman appeared as Governor Will Conway in House of Cards and as Rick Flag in Suicide Squad.
Like Alexander Skarsgård, he was born in Stockholm and is a renowned supporter of the city’s Hammarby soccer team. He has recounted the story of being involved in battles with rival fans in his teenage years but eventually left that behind to travel the world and then get into acting seriously.
Hammarby plays in the Allsvenskan professional soccer league in Sweden. A look online at the latest news and information on Swedish soccer reveals that one of their big rivals is called Djurgården, who are also from Stockholm. At the time of writing, Malmö are favorites to win the league, with Hammarby in second place. There are also supplementary guides on the site for all things surrounding soccer too.
Dolph Lundgren Has a Black Belt in Karate
One of the most famous Swedish actors of all time, Lundgren was born in Spånga and showed a keen interest in music as a youngster. His acting breakthrough came when he was cast as the powerful Russian boxer Ivan Drago in 1985’s Rocky IV. After that, further appearances came in movies like Masters of the Universe, Universal Soldier, and The Expendables. After a period out of the limelight, Lundgren returned in 2018’s Aquaman.
Movie fans are often surprised to discover that the actor has a degree in chemical engineering, which he earned at the Royal Institute of Technology before Rocky IV changed his life. However, it is less surprising to see that he has a background in martial arts. The actor is a fourth dan black belt in Kyokushin karate and reached the level of European champion in 1980.
These Swedish actors love sport as much as acting, it seems. Their fans will be hoping to see more of them on the big screen before too long, while you might also spot them on social media talking about their favorite sports.