• Sweden edition
 
George Clooney says sorry over Jämtland snub
George Clooney with The American's Irina Björklund and director Anton Corbijn

George Clooney says sorry over Jämtland snub

Published: 14 Sep 2010 13:41 GMT+02:00
Updated: 14 Sep 2010 13:41 GMT+02:00

According to the film's script, the scenes instead play out in the central Swedish county of Dalarna.

"Send them my regards and apologies," Clooney told the Nöjesbladet daily.

"The American" is directed by Dutch director Anton Corbijn and tells the story of Jack (Clooney), a master assassin who after a harsh experience in Sweden, decides he is ready for the quiet life in rural Italy.

The early scenes of the film were filmed in Singsjön outside of the village of Brunflo in Jämtland, a county located geographically in the centre of Sweden and resting on the Norwegian border.

However when the "The American" premièred, the province of Dalarna was named as the location in the early scenes in the film, much to the chagrin of the famously patriotic Jämtlanders.

The reason for the switch was not however the result of a geographical mix up but was done for the more perfunctory reason that it suited the plot better, as Dalarna is within three hours drive of the Swedish capital Stockholm.

Still, whether Dalarna or Jämtland, the wintry scenes in Sweden's fells left their mark on Clooney, who divides his time between homes in Los Angeles and Lake Como, Italy.

"It was the coldest week of my life," he told Nöjesbladet adding, as if to underline the point, "it was terribly cold".

While Clooney told the newspaper of the difficulty of filming in such bracing conditions, and with only four hours of daylight in the Swedish mid-winter, he did have something nice to say about Jämtland.

"It was fantastically beautiful."

Clooney explained that despite the long dark nights he found that he was able to make good use of his freetime in the county's capital of Östersund, home to some 44,000 people.

"I used the dark hours to read the manuscript and catch up on all the films I had missed on DVD. There was a lot of time spent in the hotel room," he told Nöjesbladet.

Jämtland has the distinction of being its own unofficial republic within the kingdom of Sweden. The republic was founded in 1963 as a reaction to emigration from the county and is essentially a marketing project to boost local pride.

The Republic of Jämtland, which comes complete with its own flag, language and President, is backed up by the, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, Liberation Movement. The rebublic celebrates its existence with three festivals each year - National Day on March 12th, the Storsjöyran Freedom Festival in July, and the start of the elk hunting season in September.

Needless to say the proud people of Jämtland were none too happy with the mix-up with southerly neighbours Dalarna, and when George Clooney was informed by Nöjesbladet that feelings were running high in the republic, he expressed remorse for the slight.

"I didn't even know we had changed it. Send them my regards and my apologies. I am very sorry about that."

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

14:45 September 14, 2010 by Mzungu
Ha-ha. What have you been up to Gus....?

*also remind them on the spelling of Jamtland!*
17:16 September 14, 2010 by GefleFrequentFlyer
I'm sure this mishap will be the subject of frontpage coverage for months in sweden's newspapers....err...tabloids.

Only thing that could make it juicier is if Lars Vilks was driving Bill Murray around in a golf cart on the VasaLoppet snorting ligon jam while playing Fahrenheit 9/11 remixed with ABBA footage on a miniscreen tv on Henrik Stenson's golfbag Rodney Dangerfield stylee....
10:26 September 15, 2010 by Sherian Elizabeth
He's an American actor, of course he snubs you, what do you expect? For him to be grateful that he got to visit Sweden, filmed in your lovely country, that the weather didn't suit him, that's how these American actors/actress are even here in America. Their think that their sh.t doesn't stink like the rest of us poor people. They all think they are better then other people. Please don't go see his movies, I don't and I live here in America. They come to Chicago and they are treated better then your king is. Please, George who!
13:17 September 15, 2010 by Roy E
Clooney is just another mush for brains actor, doing what other people instruct him to do in front of a camera. That anyone cares what such hollow people say, do, or think is quite amazing - and sad.
20:59 September 17, 2010 by wxman
As an American, let me inform you that his type don't take others, or their considerations, into effect on a daily basis. Today's quiz: Guess his political affiliation? The first two don't count.
Today's headlines
International
Pirate Bay Swede found guilty in Denmark
Gottrid Svartholm Warg. File photo: TT

Pirate Bay Swede found guilty in Denmark

Sweden's Pirate Bay Founder Gottrid Svartholm Warg was found guilty of hacking crimes in a Danish court on Thursday. READ  

National
Malmö loses out as rare toads move in
The European green toad. Photo: H. Krisp (WikiCommons)

Malmö loses out as rare toads move in

After a rare species of toad moved into southern Sweden's Malmö, builders have had to tone down massive expansion plans in the area. READ  

Politics
Palestine recognized as state by Sweden
Palestinians in Gaza last month. Photo: Adel Hana

Palestine recognized as state by Sweden

The Swedish government has officially decided to recognize Palestine, with the move announced in a speech by the country's new Foreign Minister Margot Wallström. READ  

Interview
Stockholm's shocking take on Halloween
For ten days, Globen is transformed into a giant pumpkin. Photo: Shockholm

Stockholm's shocking take on Halloween

American Bill Schacht missed the spooky outfits, family feasts and charity events he associated with Halloween when he moved to Sweden. So he did something about it. The Local meets the founder of the capital's annual Shockholm parade. READ  

Business & Money
Huge losses for energy giant Vattenfall
A Vattenfall plant in Germany. Photo: TT

Huge losses for energy giant Vattenfall

Swedish energy company Vattenfall has reported losses for the third quarter in a row. READ  

International
Malala donates prize winnings to Gaza
Malala receives the Children's Prize from Queen Silvia. Photo: TT

Malala donates prize winnings to Gaza

UPDATED: Girls' rights champion Malala Yousafzai, who was in Sweden to accept the World's Children's Prize on Wednesday, said she would use all her winnings to help rebuild schools in war-ravaged Gaza. READ  

Swedish Honeymoon Killing
Cape Town 'fixer' phoned Dewani before killing
Dewani in a Cape Town court. Photo: TT

Cape Town 'fixer' phoned Dewani before killing

A man jailed for killing British businessman Shrien Dewani's wife during their Cape Town honeymoon said on Wednesday they spoke shortly before the murder to discuss payment. READ  

National
Bus drivers hit by racist and sexist messages
An SL bus in the Swedish capital. Photo: TT

Bus drivers hit by racist and sexist messages

Police are investigating after several bus drivers were forced to read "highly inappropriate" messages sent through the Stockholm bus network's internal communications network. READ  

The Local List
Top ten quotes from Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Photo: TT

Top ten quotes from Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Swedish football hero Zlatan Ibrahimovic makes the headlines almost as much for his offhand comments as for his footballing prowess. Here are our ten favourite Zlatan quotes. READ  

National
Oil spill ship in Stockholm 'could sink'
The ship is carrying 52 tonnes of oil. Photo: Swedish Coast Guard

Oil spill ship in Stockholm 'could sink'

UPDATED: There are fears a ship carrying around 52 tonnes of oil that crashed in Stockholm's archipelago on Wednesday morning could sink. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Gallery
People-watching: October 30th
National
Sweden remains fourth best for gender equality
National
Timeline: Julian Assange sex allegations
Sport
World Cup ski race on 'fake' Stockholm slope
Society
An Arctic tradition: hunting and handicraft
Blog updates

29 October

Scariest day (Blogweiser) »

"This is what’s frightening me on Halloween. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4OFZVCu8J0&list=UUJu5J7jG4uoYSjWbpFsJBuQ Follow my posts on FB. ..." READ »

 

24 October

Editor’s blog, October 24th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hi readers, Get ready to read our weekly digest of Swedish news in less than 60 seconds. The..." READ »

 
 
 
Society
Stockholm taxis offer free therapy sessions
National
The Local meets Health Minister Gabriel Wikström
Gallery
Property of the week: Österåker
Society
Homeless turtles get Stockholm police ride
National
Construction worker has 'Sweden's best beard'
National
Italian musician jazzes up Sweden's Lapland
Gallery
Zlatan's career in pictures
Finest.se
Gallery
People-watching: October 25th and 26th
Lifestyle
'Swedes are funnier than they think'
National
Swedish town 'like Venice' after heavy rains
Business & Money
Get your own office in Gothenburg or Stockholm - free for a day
Lifestyle
What's On in Sweden: October 24th - 31st
Gallery
People-watching: October 22nd
Gallery
In Pictures: Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist
Lifestyle
Eight things to love about renting a Swedish apartment
National
Vasa ship cannon blasted in Sweden
National
Sub hunt: Day-by-day
National
Sub hunt: Stockholm islanders share their fears with The Local
Sponsored Article
The best options for oversea transfers
National
Dentist gives free care to Roma beggars
Gallery
Property of the week: Malmö
Gallery
PHOTOS: 'Foreign activity' in Swedish waters
TT
Society
QUIZ: How good is your Swedish?
Society
The nudity... and nine other things expat men notice in Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 15th
Gallery
Your views: Should outdoor smoking be banned in Sweden?
Business & Money
Sweden has 'large hole' in finances
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Finding a job in Stockholm
Society
Monster salmon caught in northern Sweden
Gallery
Property of the week: Lorensberg
National
Scandinavia's child bride
National
Ebola crisis: How is Sweden preparing?
Business & Money
How Sweden is becoming a cashless society
Gallery
Stockholm Burlesque Festival 2014
National
How a little red horse became a symbol for Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 12th
Business & Money
The hottest start-ups from southern Sweden
National
Stockholm is 'best' region for well-being
Gallery
People-watching: October 8th
National
Five facts to know about Patrick Modiano
Sponsored Article
How to catch the first lobster of the year
Team SCA
Sponsored Article
All-female SCA team takes off on Volvo Ocean Race
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

994
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se
If you want to drink, that’s your business.
If you want to stop, we can help.

Learn more about English-language Alcoholics Anonymous in Sweden. No dues. No fees. Confidentiality assured.
AA-EUROPE.ORG/SWEDEN