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Overview (3)

Born in Copenhagen, Denmark
Birth NameJohan Philip Pilou Asbæk
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Pilou Asbæk graduated from The Danish National School of Performing Arts in 2008. In the same year, he played the leading role in Niels Arden Oplev's drama Worlds Apart. In 2010 he had his breakthrough as the inmate Rune in Lindholm & Noer's prison drama R for which he won the price for Best actor at The Danish Critic Association Award, Bodil, and at the Danish Film Academy Awards, Robert. Furthermore, he was pointed as Shooting Star at the Berlinale in 2011 for this performance; an honor that is given to ten European Actors. Also, for three years he starred in the BAFTA winning and critically acclaimed television series Borgen as Kasper Juul; spin doctor for the Danish Prime Minister. The following years Pilou played the leading role in Tobias Lindholm's A Hijacking and A War. A War was nominated in the category Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards 2015. In 2014, Pilou shot Luc-Besson's LUCY starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman, and this year he played Pontius Pilate in Timur Bekmambetov's BEN-HUR. In 2017 he again played opposite Scarlett Johansson in Rupert Sander's Ghost in the Shell as Batou. Pilou has starred as Euron Greyjoy in the 6th and 7th seasons of HBO's acclaimed series Game of Thrones.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Art Management

Trivia (4)

2011: Named as one of European films' Shooting Stars by European Film Promotion.
At his audition for Euron Greyjoy in Game of Thrones (2011), he improvised the second out of 2 scenes. His email hadn't worked so he'd only received the first scene. Never had he been so unprepared for an audition before, he said himself.
Son of Maria (Tonn) and Jacob A. Asbæk. His parents run the gallery Galerie Asbæk in Copenhagen. His father is Danish, from Hammel, Denmark. His mother was born in Casablanca, Morocco, of Danish and French descent.
The name Pilou is a French version of the word Pip.

Personal Quotes (56)

When you watch the films that I'm inspired by - from the '60s and '70s - it's not about the special effects: it's about the story; it's about characters and relationships.
If it was up to me, we would eliminate close-ups and beautiful light and sound - because we want to go back to basics.
The most exciting thing about joining 'Game Of Thrones' is joining 'Game Of Thrones.'
I think if you just made a film that says, 'This is anti-war,' and you had to spend two hours explaining that... you don't like war? Wow, that's original. Know what I mean?
I used to read reviews - I read a lot of the reviews when I did 'Borgen,' but the thing is, people were so harsh that I talked to my wife about it, and I said this is too tough - the people are too personal and too idiotic to understand it, in my mind.
Overnight, I became a public figure.
I'm not a religious guy at all.
Guess what? Human beings are complex.
I watched 'Eurovision.' And I actually like the show. I like wind machines. I like the whole glimmer-glamour thing. That's 'Eurovision.' We love to hate it.
I think a role model is a person who says, 'This is who I am.'
I'm a father first.
In 'A Hijacking,' the characters are low-status people.
I did half a year of theatre.
I never read anything that's written about me.
I'm an actor. 99.9% of all actors in the world have been in denial towards the military.
I have no ambitions at all! I have none... seriously. I want to be a good father. I want to be a good husband. I want to be a good son, a good brother, a good family member. I don't have any ambition to direct a film or write a play. I like acting.
'Eurovision' is a party. I've never said no to a party, so I'm not saying no to this.
As an actor, you want roles that are full of meat.
I want to keep pushing those boundaries of acting.
It was great fun being part of a TV series that I'd been a fan of for five years. I've been watching it every single Monday when with my wife. It was like a ritual - every Monday night on HBO Nordic, we would watch 'Game of Thrones' together.
I don't know - the whole leading man, I don't buy it.
I'm not a natural leader. If you see me in a room, I'm the guy standing in a corner hiding. I'm not an alpha male.
I think all interesting characters have some kind of a complex.
Films come and go. Families stay.
I love people who go out and say, 'If cinema is God, then I'm the pope.' As an actor working with these kinds of people, the older you get, the more you appreciate it.
Trump starts out by saying, 'We need to build walls; we need to do this.' He's very bombastic in what he's saying and his approach to the world.
In my mind, I still think - and wish - that I'm going to be a journalist or a writer. That's been my dream job my entire life.
As a private person, I am maybe more 'Eurovision' than Kasper Juul.
That guy in 'The Simpsons' - I love Groundskeeper Willie.
With 'A Hijacking' I didn't talk to anyone who had been hijacked, but with 'A War,' I talked to as many soldiers as possible trying to understand how is it in Afghanistan.
The leading character isn't always the most important or interesting character; when people think that the protagonist is the character portrayed, it's people who haven't read Shakespeare.
I'm not cynical. I cry at 'ET.' And 'Kung Fu Panda!'
I started quite late. I didn't know acting was a job.
Honestly, I think it's kind of corny to sit and watch your own work.
I was the first person in the family to be an actor.
I did some theatre straight out of school, and it wasn't anything spectacular at all.
I'm the worst liar alive.
I want to direct in Denmark. I married a writer; my best friend's a writer, so I always wanted to be a writer.
It's always difficult when you're working with Mother Nature, because you need to adapt to that.
I'm trying to have a family and a career.
I love my kid. I love a boring life.
I have the deepest, deepest respect for these guys who are actually fighting for democracy in countries far away.
In my home country, which is one of the oldest kingdoms in the world, you're born with the title. You don't get elected. I don't know how the king and queen of Denmark would respond if they suddenly had to do a speech, if the people would vote for them. I don't know how that would end up.
I did a film called 'Worlds Apart' about a Jehovah's Witness. I was the love interest - the male lead - but the story was about the female lead, a young girl who is a part of this cult, and she wants to break out. She meets a guy who has to help her. She has to find out who she is. It's more like a coming of age story.
On 'Ghost In The Shell,' I'm looking forward more to working with Scarlett Johannson and Rupert Sanders than portraying a lead!
I do enjoy the Scottish way of playing football.
One of the things I've learned from 'Borgen' is that it's very easy to criticize people; 'I hate this politician, I hate what they do.' You are doing this right now with Margaret Thatcher, but sometimes it's hard to be a politician. I'm not defending Margaret Thatcher, but we believe our statesmen are also human beings.
For me, it's very important that the people I'm working with are feeling happy.
I'm not in a position where I can pick and choose. It's the other way around. The studios pick and choose.
Whenever you do a film, it's always like a little miracle. So many people getting together trying to do something so that the audience can be entertained.
The American president isn't just the American president. He's going to be the leader of the whole Western world, you know? You got a pretty big responsibility.
I was so irritated that people in Denmark considered me to be this serious guy who only did dramatic roles.
I think six seasons are telling us one thing about 'Game of Thrones': Everyone should watch their back. No one is safe. That's what I love about the show. I love that it's so unpredictable.
I love 'Sex and the City,' but it's also wonderful that there's something else other than 'Sex and the City.'
I like to do my own stunts, but sometimes you need a little bit of help.
Life is not black and white; there is some gray nuance to it.

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