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Legendary actor Max von Sydow is still acting at age 82.
In his latest film, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, he plays a silent, mysterious man, who befriends a boy (played by Thomas Horn) who lost his father (Tom Hanks) on 9/11. The boy’s mother is played by Sandra Bullock.
His illustrious career, which includes films such as The Exorcist(1973), Minority Report(2002) and Shutter Island(2010), has ironically only brought him one Oscar nomination: for his performance in Pelle the Conqueror(1988).
“Awards are important. They are very important, and it's wonderful if you get them. But when I get a project, I don’t think, If I do that well, maybe I'll have an award for it. That's not what this is about,” he said.
One thing which drew von Sydow to Extremely Loud was the chance to work with Hanks. However, the two never acted together in a scene.
“Well, it's funny because receiving the script and reading the script: wonderful. Then, before reading the script, being told that Tom Hanks is already on it,” von Sydow said “And Sandra Bullock. And I've always admired Tom Hanks very much, he's a wonderful actor and I've enjoyed his films. So I'm like, ‘Ah, wonderful!’”
The film is directed by Stephen Daldry, who also directed The Hours (2002) and The Reader(2009).