Magazine article Variety

Pilou Asbaek

Magazine article Variety

Pilou Asbaek

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CLAIM TO FAME

Danish actor Pilou Asbaek made his name as the villainous spin-doctor Kasper Juul in political drama series "Borgen," and in three films directed by Tobias Lindholm, the latest of which, Afghanistan combat drama "A War," was nominated for the foreign-language film Oscar. In the past year, he's broken through into Hollywood movies, including Timur Bekmambetov's "Ben-Hur."

EMPLOYMENT OPTIONS

Asbaek attended the Copenhagen Inti. School of Performing Arts in his early 20s, and has been Pworking ever since. "I started quite late," he notes. "I didn't know acting was a job."

MUSICAL INTERLUDE

Asbaek, 33, enjoys the notoriety he gets on "Borgen," but is concerned that some see his corrupt character as a role model. In 2014, in an effort to work on something different, the actor served as a host on pop-music show "Eurovision Song Contest," with a live TV audience of 200 million viewers. …

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