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Mikael Persbrandt in new cocaine bust

The Local · 9 Jun 2011, 09:00

Published: 09 Jun 2011 09:00 GMT+02:00

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Persbrandt was nabbed in a raid by Stockholm police at the Clarion Hotel on April 15th. The actor has admitted the offence and has been fined 15,900 kronor ($2,570), according to a report in the Metro daily.

The bust comes just a few months after the burly actor was ousted from his role as an ambassador of the UN's children's fund Unicef after he was arrested in January.

47-year-old Persbrandt at first denied taking the drug but after a urine test exposed traces of cocaine, he admitted to the offence, telling police that it was the first time he had dabbled in the drug and that it he had hardly felt any effect.

The actor is one Sweden's most well-known stage and film actors and recently enjoyed international recognition when the Susanne Bier film "In a Better World" picked up the 2011 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film

The Swede stars as a doctor who divides his time between family life in Denmark and a turbulent life working in a refugee camp in east Africa.

Persbrandt's next major Hollywood project will be playing the role of Beorn in The Hobbit Parts 1 and 2, the prequels to the Lord of the Rings.

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He is currently busy filming in a trio of films based on Jan Guillou's Hamilton books. According to the producer, Persbrandt's latest drug bust will have no impact on filming.

"Not at all," said Johan Mardell at Pampas Produktion to the Metro daily.

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Your comments about this article

10:50 June 9, 2011 by HYBRED
The article keeps touting his career both then and now, but all he is, is a low life, run of the mill druggie. He certainly gets to much attention from the media and needs more attention from the prison system.
11:14 June 9, 2011 by StockholmSam
I am not entirely sure why this is newsworthy. Is it simply because he is a celebrity? Why should that make me care that he got busted for drugs? Is it because he is some sort of role model? People need to choose other role models. Besides, if he is a role model, then maybe the press should not reveal his trespasses so that all the people modelling themselves after him will not snort coke.
11:14 June 9, 2011 by swedejane

Hmm..well, that low-life druggie, as you say, is more successful than you. So what does that make you?

No one should be "busted" for anything they ingest in their own body by their own free-will. It's ridiculous.
11:29 June 9, 2011 by HYBRED
I admit, I am not a successful drug addict, and proud of it. Although not a movie star, I retired before I turned 40. But I guess in your world a successful druggie is a good thing and they are on a pedistal.
11:37 June 9, 2011 by engagebrain
So he uses cocaine, appart from a very low risk to the user, how is society harmed ?

The war on drugs is largely not worth fighting, whereas bad drivers kill and harm both, themselves and others.
11:46 June 9, 2011 by HYBRED
I agree that the war on drugs is a lost cause. But in todays world, doing cocaine is okay, but if you smoke a cigarette you are a lowlife. Which is leagal?
11:51 June 9, 2011 by Rishonim
Persbrandt is a third rate actor and they only reason he is getting any attention is because Sweden is horny for anything. Sweden need the likes of Victoria Silvstedt, the Graaf sisters, Lotta Engberg etc. Do you know that 80% of Swedish women consider Persbrandt to be their ideal man?
12:38 June 9, 2011 by infidel2012
At one point, I had actually thought of casting this 'person' - and I use the word sparingly, in a film, only due to fact of his being popular amoungst the Swedes. However, this type of behavior could be costly to film and television productions, as for example, Charlie Sheen's latest fiasco.

There is no nutritional value with this Svensk over-rated and has-been actor, a third rate one at that.
12:59 June 9, 2011 by StockholmSam
I think arresting him is fine, because anyone under the influence of drugs/alcohol/chemicals can inadvertently harm other members of society. I just don't think it begs front-page news status. It is just the media playing up to the public's gawker addiction.
14:29 June 9, 2011 by eppie
An actor using cocaine is news?

The local will be better of writing articles about actors who don't use cocaine.
16:57 June 9, 2011 by Swedesmith
He obviously has too much money for his own good. He should give the bulk of it to me and I will shoulder the load.
20:53 June 9, 2011 by Kenny W
Hybred. He's not a successful druggy, he's a successful actor. See the difference?

In your retirement as an old pensioner you choose to write on mundane blogs making ethical judgements. That's your choice. Persbrandt decides to do other things.
00:44 June 12, 2011 by J Jack
He didn't feel any effect and it cost him nearly 16 grand ... one could buy a lot of harmless marijuana for that money.
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