Thursday, February 11, 2016

Denmark/Sweden: Kim Bodnia says antisemitism made it 'very easy' to leave 'The Bridge'

Kim Bodnia was interviewed by Israeli news-site Walla and asked about antisemitism in Scandinavia and Denmark:

Bodnia: It [antisemitism] is growing. Especially in Malmo, where we shot "The Bridge", in Sweden, it's not very nice and comfortable to be there as a Jewish person.  So, of course, this also has something to do with that it's easy for me to say 'no' to work in Sweden.  You know, it's very easy.  When they didn't have the script right, I can say "well, I don't feel so safe there", you know.  It's not funny.  It's growing and we have to deal with it every day, and we have to fight against it.  But the young people who are living there now, who come from outside into Denmark, this is growing too much.  And the situation is that if people go to jail or something they have this possibility to grow the hate of us Jewish people, and it's growing inside the prison.  So when I suggested that when Martin [Martin Rhode, his character on The Bridge] is undercover in the prison, why didn't we do about that, because that's the situation-

Interviewer: about the antisemitism?

Bodnia: Yeah, of course! 

Interviewer: But is Martin Jewish?  Wee don't know this about him.

Bodnia: Yeah, but it doesn't matter if he's Jewish or not, the Danish police should take care of this also, you know.  And Martin Rohde is a guy that lives in Copenhagen, as a person, so he should take care of that too.

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