Culture Round-Up: Danish star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau turns 50

The star who played Jaime Lannister in Game of Thrones turns 50 with film experts lauding him on his success. Elsewhere, TV2’s dating programme host publishes a poetry collection

Renowned Danish film star, producer and screenwriter Nikolaj Coster-Waldau turns 50 on Monday.

The Game of Thrones actor, one of the most famous Danish performers in Hollywood, is best known for playing Jaime Lannister in the series. Film expert Maria Månson, on the occasion of the actor’s birthday, told DR that the “prince charming look” made him suitable for the role.

The star from George R. R. Martin’s series has repeatedly received accolades not just for his looks but also for his performance in Danish and international films.

Big breakthrough
The popular HBO series made Coster-Waldau a big name globally. It also earned him two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2018 and 2019.

Coster-Waldau graduated from the Danish National School of Theatre in Copenhagen in 1993. In 1994, the actor appeared in the Danish horror film “Nattevagten” followed by “Nightwatch”.

Danish director Susanne Bier praised the actor over his performance.

Coster-Waldau also took on a role as goodwill ambassador for the UN Development Programme, focused on raising awareness and support for the Sustainable Development Goals. The goals aim to fight poverty, inequality and climate change.

Can you say ciabatta? Danes struggle with some Italian words
A language school for Danish and foreign languages has compiled a list of Italian words that Danes commonly mispronounce. Susanne Gram Larsen, head of communications at the School of Studies and who has taught Italian for 40 years, said that examples include aperol, pizza, ciabatta, campari. She added that c followed by a, o, u or h gives a k-sound, while an e or i after c gives a tj-sound and could therefore be tricky for Danes to pronounce.

Sculptures turned into comics
Seven sculptures have been transformed into comics in Copenhagen. The practice is being considered a summer activity whereby the city’s Royal Casting Collection at Toldboden is now open to the public. The art pieces comprise sculptures on European history and Mediterranean countries.

TV2 dating programme host publishes poetry collection
Pelle Hvenegaard, host of the TV2 dating programme “Dagens Mand”, published a collection of poems. The collection, known as “100 days 100 poems” is a compilation of everyday thoughts during the coronavirus pandemic. The book is the author’s third after he experienced massive success with his first two publications.