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Trapped actor Ólafur Darri based his character Andri on his father

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Trapped actor Ólafur Darri Ólafsson based his character Andri on his father. In an interview with the Guardian Ólafur Darri explained how his own father served as inspiration: ““I’ve never seen him cry, and he rarely gives anything away – but he can use silence very effectively.”

Ólafur Darri has received wide spread acclaim for his role as police chief Andri in the Icelandic crime-drama Trapped (Ófærð). The TV show is currently being aired on BBC4, among other European television stations.

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The actor, which the Guardian calls “Iceland’s biggest star – and most unlikely sex symbol”, is currently in Budapest filming the new television series Emerald City, based on the Land of Oz book series by L. Frank Baum. He also played a giant in Steven Spielberg’s adaption of the Roald Dahl’s The BFG, set for release this summer.

Trapped’s producer and director Baltasar Kormákur told the Guardian that Ólafur Darri was always his first choice for the role of Andri. “I didn’t want to go with a typical leading man, although I got pressure to. Ólafur Darri was always my first choice. He has become something of a Gérard Depardieu figure in Iceland. Women here swoon over him, believe it or not.”

Trapped’s finale aired last Sunday on the National Broadcasting Service, RÚV. After the double episode, Icelandic viewers took to twitter to praise the show.

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