Magazine article Variety

Olafur Darri Olafsson

Magazine article Variety

Olafur Darri Olafsson

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BIG BREAK

After several years of steady travel between Iceland and the U.S. for film and television work, 6'5" Icelandic thesp Olafur Darri Olafsson is poised to become as recognizable Stateside as he is at home. He's starring with Vin Diesel in Lionsgate's "The Last Witch Hunter," and, appropriately enough, will play a giant next summer in Steven Spielberg's "The BFG." His turn as a troubled, small-town police chief in Baltasar Kormakur's Icelandic series "Trapped" will reach U.S. viewers via the Weinstein Co.

ACTING ADDICTION

A graduate of the Icelandic Drama School, the 42-year-old Olafsson, who was born in Connecticut, made a name for himself in Reykjavik as a writer and producer, as well as an actor starring in film, TV and theater. "I love theater for its real time and the closeness that comes from rehearsing and performing," he says. …

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