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Icelandic Actor in Favor with Spielberg

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Icelandic Actor in Favor with Spielberg

Ólafur Darri Ólafsson.

Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Steven Spielberg was so set on having Icelandic actor Ólafur Darri Ólafsson play in his upcoming summer Disney adventure, The BFG, that he didn’t even need to audition. “He just contacted me out of the blue,” Ólafur Darri says.

The likely blockbuster will be released this summer and stars Mark Rylance, who recently won an Oscar for his role in Bridge of Spies, RÚV reports.

Ólafur Darri says he doesn’t know to this day exactly how he got a part in The BFG: “I know that I met Nina Gold, who is in charge of casting for the film, last year. Then, just out of nowhere, there was interest from Steven Spielberg and her to get me in the picture.”

Ólafur reveals that he didn’t even need to audition for the role and was just given a part. “He had already made up his mind. I was going to have that part, and that was that. I hope that I live up to it!” the actor says.

He is tight lipped about precisely which part he is playing in the film, but is liberal with his praise for star and co-actor Mark Rylance.

Many people were surprised when Rylance picked up the Oscar for his role in Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies, but Ólafur was not. “He is humble and good. I am a big fan of his. Mark fully deserved that award.”

Away from the Big Screen, Ólafur is enjoying unprecedented international fame for his role of Andri in the hit Icelandic television crime drama series, Ófærð (Trapped). The big, tall and bearded actor has become a slightly unlikely sex symbol for many fans around the world—not least in the UK and France.

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