Max von Sydow speaks out on Oscar nomination
January 24th, 2012
05:08 PM ET

Max von Sydow speaks out on Oscar nomination

In his film, Max von Sydow plays a man who does not speak.

But on Tuesday, the actor had plenty to say about his nomination for best supporting actor in "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close."

“A lot of people told me I would probably be nominated, but you can never be certain," he told CNN. "And, it’s so wonderful, really. I’m thrilled! And, I’m also moved. After all, it’s my colleagues at the academy that give this honor."The octogenarian actor may have had some inspiration in playing a mute man, as he revealed that he was a shy youth. Acting helped, he said.

"When I was younger I was convinced I had to be an actor," von Sydow said. "I don’t know, age 15 or 16, I was. I was sure I wanted to be someone else."

He said his role in the film, which centers around a young boy coping with the loss he suffers on 9/11, was a "very emotional experience on a lot of levels."

"My wife and I read [the script] and we knew I wanted to be part of it," the actor said. "Even if we’re not all New Yorkers, we all participated one way or another in what happened that day."

And while his was not a speaking role, von Sydow still managed to build out his character's script.

"I didn’t have lines that I pronounced, but I wrote them, there were plenty of lines," the actor said. "The only difference is this guy doesn’t speak verbally – but he’s communicating."


soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Fuminori

    My ftaorive music is from the 1980s and 1990s , the time I was growing upish. This one will stay with me for life

    February 13, 2012 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. Kev in the PB

    I believe the quote regarding Jesus throwing up in "Hannah" was in relation to televangelist demanding money in the name of God/Jesus. True then and today some 30+ years later.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sam

    Why would He throw up? Isn't this all part of His plan?

    January 24, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Rita

    Of all the movies made about Jesus, Mr. Sydow is the only one that captivated my heart with his performance in "The Greatest Story Ever Told".

    January 24, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jamie

      Oddly, he delivered a nasty statement about modern Christianity as a character in Hannah and Her Sisters: "If Jesus Christ came back today and saw all the things being done in his name, he would not stop throwing up."

      I've also enjoy Max over the years, from the Seventh Seal to Citizen X. He's one of a kind.

      January 24, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Lenko

    Max is one of the few actors who never acts when presenting himself. He is simply himself, an authentic, genuine human being, first and foremost. And very few can duplicate that. They have to "be on." That would be boring to the likes of Max Sydow. Good luck, Max!

    January 24, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. LEE

    He is a class act. I'd like to see him win.

    January 24, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |

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