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Posted by Peter Bowen | August 28, 2011
In the Wall Street Journal cultural blog "Speakeasy," Rachel Dodes talks to the Danish actor Jesper Christensen, who plays the Nazi war criminal Dieter Vogel, aka the "Surgeon of Birkenau" who, in John Madden's thriller THE DEBT. Dodes talks to him about the art of playing evil. (In our special FocusFeatures.com piece "Nazis We Love to Hate" we look at some of cinema's most famous bad Nazis.) Christensen explains:
As villains go, Vogel is a great villain because he's clever and he's articulate. There's a lot to do as an actor with him. I was in the greatest of company with the other actors and John Madden...I had a ball. So when I think of Vogel I am glad. I think about what a great time we had [filming the East Berlin scenes] in Hungary.