January 31, 2018

Altered Carbon is featured in next month’s issue of SFX Magazine. I have added scans into the gallery!

Swedish actor Joel Kinnaman got jacked for the new Netflix show Altered Carbon. But his life nearly went in a drastically different direction.

Joel Kinnaman could’ve been a soldier. The Swedish military wanted him. Kinnaman, 38, grew up back in the days when all men in Sweden had to at least try out, and he was planning to tank on purpose. But, he recalls, “when we got out there, we had all these tests—conditioning tests, strength tests, leadership tests. My competitive spirit kicked in and completely removed any pacifistic tendencies.” He crushed the tests, got assigned to an 18-month tour of the north—way up by the Arctic Circle—and thought to himself: Fuck. What did I just do?

In the end, he wound up skipping the service. He tended bar for a while in Norway (not exactly a career) and then decided to give acting a shot. “I was a wild kid and had a lot of friends who were going in the wrong direction really fast,” Kinnaman says. “I didn’t graduate from high school because I was there only 40 percent of the time. So I didn’t have that many things that were pointing any good direction, and acting was the first thing I felt I might actually be good at.”

Kinnaman landed roles in a couple of small Swedish films, and then one in his homeland’s ultimate crossover entertainment product—The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. After that came Suicide SquadHouse of Cards, and now his dystopian Netflix series. “Altered Carbon takes place 300 years in the future,” Kinnaman says. “We now have the technology to download the human consciousness into a chip that is fixed in the back of your neck—and that has led to bodies being interchangeable.” So interchangeable, in fact, that bodies are known simply as “sleeves.”

Kinnaman plays a kind of superwarrior trying to solve a murder (and committing a few himself along the way) in a jacked-up sleeve that’s intimidatingly huge—but not as huge as he’d like, if he had his choice in real life. “I’d take The Rock’s sleeve any day,” he says. “That would be fun—to be the biggest guy in the room.”

January 27, 2018

The cast of Altered Carbon are currently on a press tour as part of the show’s promotion, from Korea to Joel’s home country, Sweden. As of this writing, I believe they’re in France. Check out some high-quality photos in our gallery!

December 14, 2017

Joel attended the premiere of the film, Bright, yesterday with his wife, Cleo. The film stars his Suicide Squad co-star, Will Smith. Let’s be real, Joel’s fashion style stood out again with that jacket! Check out high-quality photos in our gallery.

December 09, 2017

Altered Carbon is featured in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine. I have added scans into the gallery!

December 06, 2017

Joel attended the premiere of I, Tonya in Los Angeles yesterday with his wife, Cleo. The film stars Margot Robbie, his cast-mate from Suicide Squad. Fellow co-stars, Jai Courtney and Jay Hernandez, were there to support her too. Check out some photos in our gallery!