Ever since Kim Bodnia announced that he was to leave The Bridge, and thus break up one of crime dramas most beloved police partnerships, speculation has been rife as to why he did what he did. Heck, we’ve even had a go ourselves (see that post here). He’s remained very quiet for the last few years, but now he’s spoken, and he’s given a pretty shocking reason for his departure from the hit show.
For a long time, the Scandinavian model for society – from education to their relationships with sex and the environment – left us Brits looking like cavepeople in comparison. The region’s progressive socio-political initiatives were the envy of the world, and has produced such concepts as hygge, but when series like The Killing started to detail trouble in paradise we soon realised the likes of Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark were suffering from the same problems we were – unemployment and, most noteably, difficulties in handling rising immigration and the culture clashes this brings about.
It’s this context that gives many Scandinavian dramas its depth.
It’s also this context that, according to English-language Swedish online news site, The Local, compelled Kim Bodnia to leave The Bridge. Talking to Israeli television, the beloved actor (who Jewish) said that as well as creative differences, he left the show due to rising anti-semetism in Malmö.
He was quoted as saying: “It’s growing, especially in Malmö where we shot The Bridge in Sweden. It’s not very comfortable to be there as a Jewish person. So of course this has something to do with why it’s easy for me to say no to working in Sweden.”
“It’s very easy, when they didn’t have the script right, I can say: Well, I don’t feel so safe there. It’s not funny, it’s growing and we have to deal with it every day and we have to fight against it,”
He also said that Denmark also faced similar challenges.
If this is the case, then we’re shocked and very sorry to hear that Bodnia felt compelled to leave a show we were all invested in because of something so heinous. Trouble in paradise, indeed.
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