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Nikolaj Lie Kaas

Lowest Rated:   25% Child 44 (2015)
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Birthplace:   Denmark
"There are those who miss being in-depth with the world," explains Nikolaj Lie Kaas in an interview with Politiken on April 29th 2001, "but for me superficiality means a lot - that's where I get my drive." This is an interesting comment from an actor, whose acting always strikes a deeply personal cord. While other actors strive to close in on life, Kaas - who experienced tragic loss at an early age - seems eager to escape the eye of the storm. It is a disturbing quality that etches his characters in the audience's mind.Kaas graduated from the National Theater School in Denmark in 1998. He first appeared on screen in Søren Kragh-Jacobsen's film _Drengene Fra Sankt Petri (1991)_ (The Boys from Sct. Petri) in 1991 as Otto, the rebel son of a traitor. The development of the character illustrates the growth of moral resistance into full-fledged violent revolt. This somber and masterfully-acted part earned Kaas two Danish film prizes, a Robert and a Bodil.Today Kaas imbues his adult characters with the unsentimental innocence and vulnerability of a child and audiences respond intuitively. Jeppe in 'Lars Von Trier''s _Idiots, The (1998)_ takes on true love, only to lose it. The actor received another Bodil for this portrayal. Kaas makes a narrow escape from type-casting by adding original qualities to the individual characters. He has also done self-parody as a happy-go-easy cook, working for a mafia-like boss in the midst of a murderous streak in I Kina spiser de hunde (1999) (In China they eat dogs) and as a helpless man in the throes of love in Blinkende lygter (2000) (Blinking lights).After imbuing smaller parts with larger-than-life performances, Kaas landed another main part in _Eigtigt menneske, Et (2001)_ (Truly human, 2001) as Ahmed, the aborted son (!) of a working couple. His would-be little sister is the emotionally neglected Lisa. When she dies, Ahmed comes to life and tries to become a real human being. Kaas delivers another masterful performance in this movie, inspired by the tragic tale of Casper Hauser.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
75% The Last King
  • Actor
$9.1k 2016
71% The Keeper of Lost Causes (Kvinden i buret)
  • Carl Mørck
2016
100% A Conspiracy of Faith (Flaskepost fra P)
  • Carl Mørck
2016
92% The Absent One (Fasandraeberne)
  • Carl Mørck
2016
82% Men & Chicken (Mænd & høns)
  • Gregor
$30.6k 2016
25% Child 44
  • Ivan Sukov
$1.4M 2015
50% A Second Chance (En chance til)
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Mad Ship
  • Tomas
2013
No Score Yet Skytten
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Orla Frøsnapper (Freddy Frogface)
  • Freddy FrogFace
2012
No Score Yet Beast
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Dirch (A Funny Man)
  • Dirch Passer
2011
74% The Whistleblower
  • Jan Van Der Velde
$0.9M 2011
No Score Yet Varg Veum - Skriften på veggen
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Parterapi
  • Actor
2010
37% Angels & Demons
  • Assassin
$133.4M 2009
No Score Yet The Candidate
  • Jonas Bechmann
2008
72% Kærlighed på Film (Just Another Love Story)
  • Sebastian
2007
69% Adam's Apples
  • Holger
2007
No Score Yet Clash of Egos (Spraengfarlig bombe)
  • Actor
2006
63% Allegro
  • Person on Street
2006
57% PU-239
  • Tusk
2006
No Score Yet Mørke (Murk)
  • Jacob
2005
76% Reconstruction
  • Alex David
2004
89% Brothers
  • Jannik
$0.3M 2004
63% The Green Butchers
  • Bjarne/Eigil
2004
No Score Yet Old Men in New Cars
  • Actor
2003
96% Open Hearts (Elsker Dig For Evigt)
  • Joachim
2002
70% Flickering Lights
  • Stefan
2001
No Score Yet Truly Human (Et rigtigt menneske)
  • Actor
2001
70% The Idiots (Idioterne) (Dogma 95)
  • Jeppe
2000
No Score Yet I Kina spiser de hunde (In China They Eat Dogs)
  • Martin
1999
No Score Yet Drengene fra Sankt Petri (The Boys from St. Petri)
  • Actor
1991

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