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Gerard Butler Remembers Michael Nyqvist in a Video Post

Gerard Butler Remembers Michael Nyqvist in a Video Post

Gerard Butler is sending his condolences to the family of the late Michael Nyqvist, who he recently worked with on the upcoming movie Hunter Killer.

The 47-year-old actor took to social media to share a video tribute to the actor, who died from lung cancer on Tuesday (June 27).

“Hi there. I’m really compelled to do this, but Michael Nyqvist, Swedish actor, you probably know him from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, who I made a movie with last year called Hunter Killer, it hasn’t come out yet… I just found out that he passed today,” Gerry says in the clip.

“It feels important to send my condolences because of all the movies I’ve made, he was right up there,” Gerard added. “He’s one of my favorites, if not my favorite, in terms of somebody who just had such incredible talent and childlike qualities and playfulness. But more than anything, just incredible humility and warmth and this cheeky kind of glint in his eyes.”

“Sending my condolences to Michael Nyqvist and his family. Incredibly talented and an extraordinary human being. My heart is broken,” he wrote in the caption of the video.

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  • Koos

    sorry………..WHO did you say?

  • Julia

    Thank you GB for the sweet condolence for your friend and co-star. Vila i frid Michael.

  • Sonia

    He looks a bit tired but I do love his beard and longer hair look (i know I’m in the minority here) but he could do with a trim. Taking a video with your phone, just like selfies, very rarely gives anyone a good look too. Always nice to see a video of him anyway and he came across as very sincere.

  • ASH

    😟 sad news, he was great in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. My thoughts are with his family and whoever loved him.

  • 🌸 Nicole 🌸

    Edwards Long Beach 26 & IMAX
    Wonderful night at the movies with @gerardbutler
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BV31qWgFIiB/
    Thank you for a fun night @gerardbutler
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BV314mil4Li/

  • 🌸 Nicole 🌸

    RIP Michael! πŸ’”πŸ’”πŸ’”πŸ’”πŸ’”

  • 🌸 Nicole 🌸

    ‘It breaks my heart’:πŸ’” Gerard Butler hails ‘incredible talent’ Michael Nyqvist following his death from lung cancer
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-4646142/Gerard-Butler-tribute-Michael-Nyqvist-death.html

  • 🌸 Nicole 🌸

    Michael Nyqvist dies: Gerard Butler leads tributes to Girl With The Dragon Tattoo actor
    http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/michael-nyqvist-dies-gerard-butler-leads-tributes-girl-dragon-tattoo-actor-1628096

  • lamcha

    Nice touch. Wonder if he knew his cleaning lady was working away behind him.

  • http://rememberingthedesireisprivate.blogspot.com/ GFW

    It goes against habit, but holding them above eye-level removes that melting look.
    Can’t believe he got articles about the video, but certain his social media is monitored, yet he does mention his film and how broken he feels over not going to be watching it with the late actor. Makes enough sense.
    He nailed his personality. Interesting to find out Michael Nyqvist was adopted.
    Lung cancer doesn’t happen overnight. I wonder if he knew whilst filming HK? He made quite a good number of films since then, too.
    He was often cast as bad guys due to his steely-eyed look.
    From that part of the world, Gerry should know by now, they’re anything but. Very gentle, patient, and humanitarian souls.
    I like the look as well. It’s good for downtime. He looked wonderful, better ‘live’ than in photos.

  • http://rememberingthedesireisprivate.blogspot.com/ GFW

    It comes across as genuinely emotionally inspired which in this case doesn’t diminish but trumps lack of planning. He had a need to be spontaneous and went with it.

  • Sonia

    This is why I don’t agree with those who say that Butler doesn’t get coverage anymore. He doesn’t get followed by paps, yes, but he’s still newsworthy, IMO. Like I’ve said before, it’s only his personal life that doesn’t seem to interest anyone except JJ and DM (I don’t blame them, it’s boring and visually gross). His work still gets covered in the media and entertainment sites. And it’s nice to see his beautiful tribute has been picked up by a few publications.

    Gerard Butler pays emotional tribute to tragic Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist who died aged 56
    http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/gerard-butler-pays-emotional-tribute-10700982.amp

  • http://rememberingthedesireisprivate.blogspot.com/ GFW

    When you lead from the heart people take notice.
    I don’t feel his relationship fodder reflects that.
    It’s best not to be too unlikable. Careers, like life itself, are fragile.

  • πŸ’•πŸ‘°πŸ’«german-girlπŸ’ƒfresh-bloodπŸ’«πŸ‘°πŸ’•

    I hope nobody gets me wrong and that I express myself correctly.
    ItΒ΄s up to each his/her own way whether & how to condole on someones death > whether in silence, without public eyes but just to the relatives themselves, making a video – writing a letter – publishing all on his/her own FB page / instagramm etc.

    B U T

    I find it odd/weird that a gossip site like JJ or DM opens a thread about someone who mourns the death of someone (in this case a collegue) in public (=video & FB)

  • http://rememberingthedesireisprivate.blogspot.com/ GFW

    … so that it’s not seen as a publicity stunt.
    It’s tricky. I think he pulled it off so it doesn’t look like this.

  • Sonia

    A Family Man cinematographer…

    shellyjohnsonasc A
    Family Man. This film is on iTunes and Amazon today. It’s an indie so it gets released in this peculiar manner prior to a theatrical release. Definitely worth a watch for Gerard’s exceptional dramatic performance and Mark Williams wonderful Direction. I like this film and I like the crew that helped me greatly in Toronto. Michael Carella, Barrett Axford, Rico Emerson and Mike Hall are all great people. Not to mention Charisse Cardenas… one of the most collaborative and talented Production Designers I know. We shot it quickly, but hopefully from close to the heart.
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BV3GNlMAT-Y/?taken-by=shellyjohnsonasc

  • Sonia

    Nice intro by Butler…

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  • Sonia

    They covered it cos it’s newsworthy. It’s a celebrity doing a tribute to another celebrity and therefore worth writing about. I think it helped that his tribute came across as very heartfelt too.

  • http://disqus.com Wondering

    Thanks Sonia, nice to see they are taking his tribute the way he meant it.

  • Sonia

    IMO his personality and charm really comes out when he talks so that’s why, yes, he always is ‘better’ in videos vs photos. And he came across as genuinely warm and emotional in this and I think that’s why it was picked up by so many news/entertainment sites.

  • http://rememberingthedesireisprivate.blogspot.com/ GFW

    Agreed.
    I also agree few trail along like fans and supporters do so never see that side.
    I’ll add that’s a good thing.
    I feel he could be so good for this world in exceptional ways if he could move out of himself.

  • http://rememberingthedesireisprivate.blogspot.com/ GFW

    I might be wrong, and very well someone will correct me if so, but is he the first actor to pass he’s worked with?
    You’re right, completely ad libbed.
    Eta This is how real life is, subtle. It’s too bad so much of his current work doesn’t reflect that. I do, however, guarantee Keepers will be sublimely subtle.

  • Sprite

    Words can’t express how saddened we are to hear of your loss. Rip Michael.

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  • sassafrass

    If it gets its own article on JJ, chances are it’s a stunt (or his lousy team decided to exploit it).

  • Pamela

    Life is fragile, GFW. It very much is.

  • Pamela

    Life is fragile, GFW. It very much is.

  • Pamela

    Life is fragile, GFW. It very much is.

  • http://rememberingthedesireisprivate.blogspot.com/ GFW

    You know what serves belief more than self-interest? Survival. Human nature.
    Everyone is out for themselves.

  • LuvsDaBoy

    Most likely this was fed to the media by his PR team. He never did this before, and well could have, several co-stars have passed. He barely mentioned it, and just a texted version. Interesting that he uses the word “compelled”. I may be just jaded by his other PR nonsense, but this is not up to Tom Hardy’s extraordinary tribute to his dog, which was a simple text. I agree, you send condolences to friends privately, anything else is not for their family, but your own PR. Still, it seemed spontaneous and genuine, but it also seemed to me that his very words are what Gerard probably loves most about himself, and would want a similar eulogy. I think his father passed away at a similar age to MN, or younger, and from the same cause. He seemed to already to have been going through something difficult and emotional, then you add AFM crisis, other film issues, maybe something with MB, and this too. I did not know they were close friends, only worked together on HK. This video makes it like MN was Gerard’s hero and close personal friend. If they were close friends, that is indeed sad. If this is PR/BS, it is good business, but utterly reprehensible. My doubt is not from the praise of a noteworthy actor, just how it was done, the why, and mostly…the timing.

  • http://disqus.com Wondering

    In this case I don’t want to second guess him for doing this. He might have made a connection while filming and he may have known through Michael what he was going through with the cancer. He may have related to him because of his father. He could have easily kept in contact with Michael after filming ended. The one pic the DM has of Michael smiling there is a shine in his eyes that Gerry mentioned so just maybe there was a bond and Gerry responded right away when he found out about his passing he didn’t wait for days to react to the news.

  • AJ

    Ahhh, he looks so good here! I love it and yes, I like how he didn’t pronounce his name the American way. He doesn’t sound very American here at all. Actually, it’s sort of like in between an American and Scottish accent. It’s a happy medium for me. I’ll take it. I could live with this. lol. :):)

  • AbbyRichter

    I don’t know sass. JJ and DM have a lot of those “celebrities respond to (insert tragedy)” articles.
    Although, JJ did seem to jump on this very quickly.
    To be honest, I’m surprised by the global response. He’s not a super famous actor.
    John Wick changed everything for him.

  • AJ

    I don’t doubt GB’s motives for making this tribute for a minute. I believe his reasons for doing it were genuine and I believe him when he says he felt compelled to make a tribute because he admired Michael and felt a kinship with him. But it wouldn’t surprise me if he was also happy at the same time to have his team feed this to the media as it would supersede the previous thread of himself and MB looking miserable in the car. :):)

  • AJ

    I think internet tabloids jump on anything they can get their hands on. Sometimes it’s newsworthy and sometimes it’s not. Like GB goes on a stroll with his unknown GF is not newsworthy really but they print it anyway.

  • AJ

    LOL, that was kind of funny. Sorry. I don’t mean to make light of the situation. I was really touched by GB’s tribute but when the cleaning lady pops up in the background, it was kind of distracting and humorous.

  • 😼HH😼

    Hey, maybe it was done to squish that stupid thread with MB. Because that whole thread and its set up reeked of desperation.

  • AbbyRichter

    Right?
    Or even more confusing, Liev and Gerard’s ex go on a stroll lol.

  • AJ

    I love how GB goes to watch movies as often as he does. It’s nice to see how much he enjoys watching movies but at the same time he’s supporting the movie industry and other actors/actresses although I don’t know how I feel about movie people having to pay for the movies. I kind of feel they should get a free pass or get a discount at least? It’s a catch 22 I guess cause at the same time they can surely afford it. LOL.

  • AJ

    Exactly!

  • http://rememberingthedesireisprivate.blogspot.com/ GFW

    I think he was compelled because he was led by his spirit and wanted to share how much of an impact Nyqvist made on him in such a short time. That because they may have bonded over those months he earned a place dear to him, for the reasons shared, and maybe unconscious ones we can only guess at. What’s been written in the articles has been extracted word for word, so not premeditated. This is no crime, nor should our resident micro-analyst, LDB, condemn, once again, the man she wants to ask for her hand in marriage. She embarrasses, humiliates, scolds, and peels the man like a Clementine in public.
    Personally, I don’t think he has a PR team. I just see a goodwill gesture gone viral as they say. He’s quite the number of views on his FB page.
    He gets a pass on this. But never by the scrutinizing scammer.

  • http://rememberingthedesireisprivate.blogspot.com/ GFW

    You’re reprehensible.
    Darkness visible.

  • http://disqus.com Wondering

    I hope it was his honest feelings and it had nothing to do with the skank. I don’t want to think he would do that because he could always show the happy couple a different way.

  • anotherguest

    As heartfelt as it was, this might have been one time to hold off and share his condolences directly with the family, what with a “cancer” movie being released right now. Maybe wait until after the funeral? I don’t know. There will be some who see it as a PR move. I don’t recall any other FB statements, but he’s made remarks on the death of at least one other actor. Did he make any remarks about Abella?

    http://www2.justjared.com/2013/12/06/gerard-butler-on-paul-walkers-death-it-broke-my-heart/comment-page-11/

  • AJ

    Oh I think his feelings and motive were honest. Like I said I have no doubt they were. I just think the fact that it went viral was a bonus for him. He is probably happy because now everyone is talking about this instead of talking about him and his on and off relationship.

  • http://rememberingthedesireisprivate.blogspot.com/ GFW

    Well, if innocently used as diversion, it isn’t getting much verbal traffic here. Guess all that could be said was last night.
    I think the trades just picked up on an actor whose worked with him recently and mentioned all the films he has coming out next.

  • AJ

    Give it time, this thread will fill up too. LOL.

  • AJ

    Very true Sonia. I don’t mind GB with longer hair and full beard but for some reason this look is not giving me the same vibe as when he was in Australia filming GOE. That was hot! This beard seems more fuller in the front giving more of goatee look. It’s not terrible but I’m not loving it either.

  • http://disqus.com Wondering

    I understand with all the different news media picking it up it might be suspect but maybe Gerry didn’t realize it would get so much coverage. I know he is not a PR genius but I want to believe his heart was in the right place here. I think because Michael was not a huge star in the US most wouldn’t know him without the movie references.
    With him saying he was compelled, he must have thought about it before he did it knowing how it might be perceived.

  • Pamela

    I know who and I know his shtick. I know Gerry had nothing to do with it. Just wait until YHWH steps in. And I have heard several doom and gloom prophets and actions that says YHWH is about to do something. I would be very afraid if I were those people who think they are not going to pay for their evil.