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Max von Sydow

Max von Sydow

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Born: April 10, 1929 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Sweden Profession: Cast ...
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Received the Royal Foundation of Sweden's Cultural Award in 1954.

"Nobody told me there was any idea for a sequel to 'The Exorcist', but my agent called me to tell me they were going to do it, and there was a part for me. I said, 'But I died in the first film.' 'Well,' he told me, 'this is from the early days of Father Merrin's life.' I told him I just didn't want to do it again. Then the producers doubled the price. I still said no. But I agreed to meet with [director] John Boorman. He was very sweet and asked me to read the script. So I read it and I said, 'Sorry, it's not for me.' Well, I think they doubled the price again. But this time they also gave me the script to another film which I found very interesting. My agent told me that for doing two weeks' work on 'Exorcist II', I'd get paid more than I've ever made and I'd have this other thing. I said OK." --Max von Sydow, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, c. 1990

"I stayed with the National [Royal Dramatic Theatre] in Stockholm until the mid-70s, and then suddenly I started working in films only. For 14 years I was away. It was too long a time. With this perspective, I regret it. I didn't plan to stay away. Sometimes you forget about time, so you think that that's something you can do later. And you realize that, boy, if you want to do it you better do it now, because later might be gone quicker than you think.

"I'm going back in January for a season at the National. It's important to me to work in my own language every now and then. I love English, but you can never learn to master a foreign language if you're not brought up with it, and I will never be 100% free. I think English is a fantastic, rich and musical language, but of course your mother tongue is the most important for an actor." --von Sydow to LOS ANGELES TIMES, August 27, 1993

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