Believing in nothing, severing pinkie toes, and just generally giving off the impression that he's committed a couple of sex crimes lately.
— Cracked Article
Born Rolf Peter Ingvar Storm
in Sweden, Peter Stormare began his acting career with the Swedish Royal Dramatic Theatre, before his apparent discovery by Ingmar Bergman
. His first major American film role was as one of the kidnappers in Fargo
. A recent automotive ad
campaign featured him as a German pseudo-hip hop artist/"engineer" answering to V-Dub, whose shtick was violently un
-pimping ze autos
by smashing them to scrap and giving their owners Volkswagens.
Allegedly, the reason for his name change was that he shared it with an older student. He wasn't even out of school and he made sure that people wouldn't go around and mistake them for him.
Tropes associated with Peter Stormare:
- Awesome McCoolname: He was born with one of these, and his current one, although a slight variation, is no less awesome.
- Bilingual Bonus: Sometimes speaks and/or swears in Swedish in some of his movies, most prominent in the Minority Report.
- Chronically Killed Actor
- Fake Nationality
- Husky Russkie
- Irony as She Is Cast: Yep; he's a devout Christian. Presumably this gave him insight into how to play Satan.
- Large Ham: He acts in a very over the top fashion, and it usually makes the characters he plays much creepier for it, as they seem like they're genuinely insane.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: During the filming of Fargo, he would take anyone else who had a day off to different parts of Minnesota to experience the overly Swedish-saturated culture with him firsthand, a culture he described as being "More Sweden than Sweden". He said that many of these experiences caused him to become overwhelmed and cry. One experience he related in the documentary Minnesota Nice was of an old man he met who spoke in a very particular dialect that helped him correctly determine where his ancestors had come from.
- Plays Great Ethnics: The Trope Codifier.
- The Stoic: Many of his roles.
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