Why Joel Kinnaman Couldnt Recognize Himself While Shooting The Secrets We Keep

Why Joel Kinnaman Couldnt Recognize Himself While Shooting The Secrets We Keep

Why Joel Kinnaman Couldnt Recognize Himself While Shooting The Secrets We Keep

Why Joel Kinnaman Couldnt Recognize Himself While Shooting The Secrets We Keep
Why Joel Kinnaman Couldnt Recognize Himself While Shooting The Secrets We Keep

A truly intense acting experience can push an actor to deliver one of their best performances, but sometimes that process also brings something rather unexpected out of a performer. The Secrets We Keep is a perfect example of one such performance, as actor Joel Kinnaman playing the character Thomas resulted in the Suicide Squad cast member seeing a side of himself he isn’t terribly familiar with. While it didn’t yield any horror stories from the set of the film, it did manage to give Kinnaman a hell of a story to tell from his time making the movie.

I was recently able to speak with Joel Kinnaman, among some of his co-stars, on behalf of CinemaBlend for The Secrets We Keep’s press day. Paired with his friend and on-screen tormentor Noomi Rapace, the conversation in the room had earlier turned to the lessons that Ms. Rapace had learned with her time on the film, as she and Kinnaman had been attached to this script for some time before going into production. As far as her experience with The Secrets We Keep was concerned, her role as the film’s executive producer helped keep her more on her toes, as well as appreciate the experience of making the movie more than any other project she’s worked on.

Piggybacking off of that sentiment was Joel Kinnaman’s remarks about how he felt that the film did something different for him. With a good portion of the movie seeing Thomas bound and gagged in the basement of Noomi Rapace’s Maja and Chris Messina’s Lewis, The Secrets We Keep sees Kinnaman restrained by Rapace because she thinks she’s found a hidden ex-Nazi soldier who tormented her and her sister shortly after the war. All circumstances present and accounted for, Joel Kinnaman compared his time on the set of The Secrets We Keep to his usual jovial self as follows:

You can tell, even just by talking to Joel Kinnaman, that he’s a guy who loves to make friends. During our interview, Kinnaman was all smiles and laughs, wearing a floppy cheetah print hat and discussing how being tied up was quite the mood ruiner for his days on The Secrets We Keep’s set. What’s even more surprising is the fact that while you might think that he’s just doing a good job of acting like he’s tightly bound and gagged to a chair, Joel Kinnaman was actually pretty tightly packaged at all times. This was thanks to Yuval Adler, the co-writer/director of The Secrets We Keep, who made sure he did all he could to keep his actors in the right mindset. Something that, as Kinnaman continued to explain, really put him in a foul mood:

You can tell, even just by talking to Joel Kinnaman, that he’s a guy who loves to make friends. During our interview, Kinnaman was all smiles and laughs, wearing a floppy cheetah print hat and discussing how being tied up was quite the mood ruiner for his days on The Secrets We Keep’s set. What’s even more surprising is the fact that while you might think that he’s just doing a good job of acting like he’s tightly bound and gagged to a chair, Joel Kinnaman was actually pretty tightly packaged at all times. This was thanks to Yuval Adler, the co-writer/director of The Secrets We Keep, who made sure he did all he could to keep his actors in the right mindset. Something that, as Kinnaman continued to explain, really put him in a foul mood:

The Secrets We Keep is a dramatic thriller that keeps the audience guessing in terms of what the truth behind Maja and Thomas’ potential history actually is throughout the entirety of its narrative. Part of the reason the film is able to maintain such thematic tension so well is because of the performances that actors like Joel Kinnaman give, with him channeling the rage of captivity into the drama of trying to plead one’s innocence. The results are undeniable, as Kinnaman’s chemistry with friend and collaborator Noomi Rapace also lends to a pair of performances that see both scene partners knowing how and when to push each other to another level of cinematic confrontation. Though it should be noted, Joel Kinnaman did go on record as saying filming The Suicide Squad was like filming his first comedy.

Compared to the emotionally intense experience Joel Kinnaman described on the press day for this particular film, it sounds like getting back into the saddle as Rick Flag was somewhat of a well-earned vacation; something audiences will surely be able to attest to once they’ve seen this particular film. If you’re up for seeing such an experience at a theater near you, The Secrets We Keep is currently in a limited theatrical run, with a VOD rental debut set to take place on October 16.

 

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