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Max von Sydow
April 10, 1929 -
Nationality: Swedish
Category: Actor

Bergman has a very special eye for people. His background taught him to listen and to feel.


If Jesus came back today, and saw what was going on in his name, he'd never stop throwing up.


When I finished the role of Christ, I felt as though I'd been let out on parole. A man who has served 18 months isn't eager to go back to prison.


I'm getting too old to play some parts, but I'm still greedy.


I've never been in a barroom brawl in my life. I just don't do such things.


In this country, you have movie actors and theatre actors and television actors.


A vacation spot out of season always has a very special magic.


The more I had to act like a saint, the more I felt like being a sinner.


Only very rarely are foreigners or first-generation immigrants allowed to be nice people in American films. Those with an accent are bad guys.


Movies give me an opportunity to go places. I'm not only a Swede but an American, not just a man of my time, but I've been living 2,000 years ago-and not just in a new country, America, but in the Holy Land, too.


The most difficult part of playing Christ was that I had to keep up the image around the clock. As soon as the picture finished, I returned home to Sweden and tried to find my old self. It took six months to get back to normal.


I don't believe in devils. Indifference and misunderstandings can create evil situations. Most of the time, people who appear to be evil are really victims of evil deeds.


Playing the role of Christ was like being in a prison. It was the hardest part I've ever had to play in my life. I couldn't smoke or drink in public. I couldn't.


In Hollywood they usually cast me as villains or priests.


Filming is repetition and many takes.


There are those who want to believe but can't, and there are those who believe as children and it's no problem for them at all.


Perhaps I scare people. I don't know why.


I remember those days with Bergman with great nostalgia. We were aware that the films were going to be quite important, and the work felt meaningful.


All my life I've been looking for diversity.


Producers are not gamblers. They want a good return on their investment.


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