Hunter Killer, the submarine caper starring Gerard Butler, doesn’t have any major surprises for end credits. Although there are no after credits scenes, the movie shows a submarine pushing through a choppy sea as the credits roll.
Be forewarned that there will be a few spoilers relating to the movie in this article.
However, there is a memorial to two people at the end of the movie: It’s dedicated to the memory of Michael Nyqvist, the great Swedish actor who plays the Russian sub commander in the movie, and producer John Thompson. What happened to Nyqvist and Thompson? How did they die?
Here’s what you need to know:
Michael Nyqvist Died of Lung Cancer
This file picture taken on January 4, 2017 shows Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist in Stockholm.
Although Gerard Butler does his best to turn his submarine captain Joe Glass into a Hollywood-style action hero willing to risk his men’s lives on a hunch, Michael Nyqvist brings the most gravitas to the film as the Russian Captain Andropov, unearthed with a couple of his men from a watery grave in a sabotaged sub.
The men’s mutual respect is slow to develop but forged out of a commonality of purpose; stripping allegiance to nation aside, these are just two old, weary sea dogs whose first loyalty is to their men and then the deep. They get each other, to put it plainly, so Butler correctly guesses that the Russian will do the right thing.
ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA – OCTOBER 15: Scottish Actor Gerard Butler talks about his experience with the U.S. Navy during a news briefing about his new submarine action film ‘Hunter Killer’ at the Pentagon October 15, 2018 in Arlington, Virginia.
Fans of Nyqvist and his acting in Hunter Killer as the grizzled Russian captain will be sad to learn (if they didn’t know it already) that Michael Nyqvist died young – at the age of 56. He died on June 27, 2017, so he did not live long enough to see the film’s release.
Michael Nyqvist was not Russian; he was an accomplished Swedish actor known for his starring role in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. According to a statement from Nyqvist’s family, the cause of death was lung cancer. He had been ill for some time, according to reports in Swedish media.
“On behalf of Michael Nyqvist’s representatives and family, it is with deep sadness that I can confirm that our beloved Michael, one of Sweden’s most respected and accomplished actors, has passed away quietly surrounded by family after a year long battle with lung cancer,” a rep said, according to Daily Variety.
The family’s statement continued: “Michael’s joy and passion were infectious to those who knew and loved him. His charm and charisma were undeniable, and his love for the arts was felt by all who had the pleasure of working with him.”
After the movie came out, Gerard Butler posted a moving tribute to Nyqvist, writing, “To Michael Nyqvist, a great man who stole my heart, the young cast’s heart, …read more