Frequently plays characters who are physically assaulted in some way. His hand was cut in Trainspotting (1996), he was dragged by his head in a moving car in Snatch. (2000), he became deafened by gunfire from a light machine gun in Black Hawk Down (2001), he was viciously beaten numerous times in Around the World in 80 Days (2004) and his arm was broken into pieces after being frozen in Snowpiercer (2013).
Denmark connection: he has acted in "Prince of Jutland" and "Skagerrak" directed and produced by Danes, he has had a minor role in "Langt fra Las Vegas" the most successful sitcom in Denmark, and even starred in "Julien Donkey-Boy" which was made by the Danish concept "Dogma 95". Besides that he has appeared alongside several Danish actors in films as Alien vs. Predator, Black Hawk Down, Skagerrak and Prince of Jutland!.
Personal Quotes (4)
Whatever I do, it's crucial to me that I give it 100 per cent. It doesn't matter if it's a short film, stage, theatre, TV or blockbuster. It doesn't matter what level of budget or prestige it is.
If I'm not working, I have home time with my family, and if I spend that stressing what's going to happen next, then it's a waste. I have a lot to be thankful for.
I turned down plenty of films which proved to be hugely successful. And, of course, I've also had plenty of experiences where everyone thought we were doing brilliant work and it ended up pretty horrific. Same as any actor, really.
Basically, movies come down to economics, and they're always too expensive. From a producer's point of view, an actor is either going to make him money or save him money.