In case you're suffering from Fortitude withdrawals we thought you might like some information on what it was like to work on the show - Joi Johannsson (Axel) agreed to answer our questions. Lots of info, insight and humour. Enjoy!
If you hadn't played Axel which character would you like to have played?
I auditioned for Dan and was up for that at the time. Just did a film called 'The Deep' that was shortlisted for the Oscars and was contacted. However I lost out to Richard But I think Dan would be the part I would have wanted. NO GRUDGES THOUGH , Richard is terrific as Dan 😀
Did you take part in the Band with Dennis Quaid?
No sadly! At the hotel in Egilsstadir, Iceland the band was formed and was to perform at the wrap party and I was a member then. But I could not make it to the wrap party so I was fired from the band. But I am having a great solo career!
Do you prefer acting on TV or in films?
Today the difference is not great. Not the process of it. But I would love a part in a great TV show that I can develop and grow with. However, the intensity and joy of doing a film is always intriguing as well. It is always the part and project not the method.
How long were you involved in filming?
First I was booked for one week in Iceland. I ended up being two weeks in Iceland and four in London. I expect to be one of the leads in Season 3!
Did you get a chance to watch it before it appeared on TV?
Yes at a screening in London, and then at the premiere in London. I I also got links.
Was it difficult working with different directors for different programmes?
No not at all. All the directors were such fabulous human beings, different in their style and approach. But all so talented and professional. You knew you were in good hands.
If you met one of the characters in real life who would you be most afraid of?
Axel Fersen for sure, behind the innocent smile hides a monster !!
We'd like to thank Joi for answering the questions in such detail and with great humour!