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Icelander Plays Soldier in Spielberg’s War Horse

warhorse_posterIcelandic-British actor Gunnar Atli Cauthery played a small part as a German solider in Steven Spielberg’s latest movie War Horse, which has been nominated for six Oscars. “He was great,” Gunnar Atli said of the director.

The film features a young man who enlists to the army in World War II after his horse comes into the care of the British military.

Gunnar Atli spent two days shooting in Wisley, England, for the few lines that he has in the film. He told Fréttablaðið that as a fan, he was very excited about working with Spielberg.

“He was very congenial but also eager and ambitious. He didn’t act as someone who had had enough of the film industry,” Gunnar Atli stated. “He was very creative on location and open to all novelties.”

Gunnar Atli, who is 30, has lived in the UK his entire life. His mother is Icelandic and his father British. Gunnar Atli became infatuated with acting after having played the half-British Roland in the Icelandic children’s film Benjamín dúfa (1995).

In 2008 he graduated from the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, after which he obtained a job at BBC’s radio theaters where he has acted alongside Ian McKellen, among others. He also had a minor part in the television series The Tudors.


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