clarka new drama based on the story of notorious Swedish criminal and “famous gangster” Clark Olofsson, lands on netflix this week, and eagle-eyed Ghost fans spotted an unexpected and fun cameo.
The show, directed by Chaos Lord filmmaker and former Bathory drummer Jonas Åkerlund and scored by Opeth’s Mikael Åkerfeldt, lifts the lid on one of Sweden’s most infamous and controversial characters and stars This actor Bill Skarsgård in the title role.
In addition to the participations of Åkerlund and Åkerfeldt, clark apparently made another metallic connection with a brief appearance by none other than Ghost main man Tobias Forge.
In a clip from episode six, Tobias can be seen dressed in traditional attire playing the violin as Skarsgård’s Clark and his pals arrive at the scene of a Midsommar party, no doubt looking to cause trouble. After Tobias’ character tries to intervene, a bad guy steals his violin and proceeds to slap him with it. Poor boy ! That’s what you get for trying to help!
In the latest issue of Metal Hammer, on sale now, we take an in-depth look behind the scenes of clark in an exclusive interview with Åkerlund.
“In the 70s and 80s [Clark] was a superstar,” says the director, who has also directed a variety of music videos with everyone from Madonna to Rammstein. “Everyone over 40 in Sweden knows who he is, but opinions tend to be divided. He looked like a rock star and teenagers would have posters of him on the wall, but older people remember him as being the guy who scared people, as no one knew where he would appear.
“Clark robbed a bank with a bottle of Coca-Cola!” adds Jonas. “He pretended it was a gun, shouting, ‘I’m Clark Olofsson, everyone knows what’s going on now!’ and everyone accepted him. That’s how he was famous.
Clark was the inspiration behind the term “Stockholm Syndrome” thanks to his presence during a bank robbery in Norrmalmstorg Square which resulted in a long hostage situation, during which the hostages began to show sympathy for their captors.
Read more about our interview with Jonas Åkerlund in the new issue of Metal Hammer, out now. clark is available now via Netflix, and you can watch the Tobias Forge star shoot below. Amalie Bruun – AKA Myrkur – is also thought to have made an appearance on the show, although we’ve yet to confirm if violins are involved.