Magazine article Variety

Pilou Asbaek

Magazine article Variety

Pilou Asbaek

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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."


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."


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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