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Max von Sydow receives award from Los Angeles Film Critics

By: Anders Frejdh
Max von Sydow Career Achievement Award
The Los Angeles Film Critics Association has chosen Swedish actor Max von Sydow as the recipient of this year’s Career Achievement award. The prize will be given at the annual awards dinner to be held on Saturday 13th January 2018 at InterContinental Hotel in Century City.

LAFCA’s other top awards was decided by the membership in early December 2017 and those honorees will join Max von Sydow at the January dinner.

“We are thrilled to give the Career Achievement award to such a magnificently talented actor,” said LAFCA president Claudia Puig. “Over the six decades he’s commanded the screen, Mr. von Sydow has earned a reputation as the greatest living actor."

Among his more than 100 roles, he has played characters as disparate as an assassin, a king, an exorcist, the devil and Jesus Christ - in several languages - and has worked with filmmakers from around the world including Ingmar Bergman, Bertrand Tavernier, Sydney Pollack, Penny Marshall, Martin Scorsese, Wim Wenders and Irvin Kershner who directed Max in the 1983 James Bond film Never Say Never Again starring Sean Connery as 007.

In an interview 2011, Max admitted he turned down the role of Dr. No, the villain in the first James Bond film:

"Yes, I was offered Dr. No. [Laughing] And I turned it down!" Asked if he regret his decision he said: "Do I regret it? No. I don't. Well, of course, I didn't know what James Bond was at that time. And, of course, I didn't know what was going to happen [laughs] in the future. But, then, after many years, I was offered to be in Never Say Never Again."

The 88-year-old Swedish-born actor will next be seen in Kursk, a drama about the submarine disaster of 2000, directed by Thomas Vinterberg and co-starring Lea Seydoux (Doctor Madeleine Swann in the 2015 James Bond film SPECTRE) and Colin Firth.

Puig added: “From iconic roles in The Seventh Seal (1957) and Pelle the Conqueror (1987) to his most recent turns in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) and Game of Thrones (2016), Max von Sydow remains a massively vital actor whose extraordinary work inspires us all.”

Photo above:
Max von Sydow as Ernst Stavro Blofeld in Never Say Never Again. Copyright © 1983 Warner Brothers Pictures & Taliafilm Enterprises. All rights reserved.

Read more about the acclaimed career of Swedish actor Max von Sydow on IMDB.



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