Birgir Jarl Rúnarsson - Acting

Birgir Jarl Rúnarsson will be graduating from Acting with his film “One, one, two”

A detective with a drinking problem investigates the murder of a man, but it soon becomes clear that this case is deeper than it appeared at first glance

What is the first film experience you remember that had an impact on you?

Technically my first movie experience was from the documentary "Walking with Monsters - Life Before Dinosaurs", which probably explains my interest in all things history related, but my first actual movie experience has to be from "Kung Fu Hustle" which my dad rented, I think I was about 4 or 5 years old when I saw it and still to this day is one of my favorites, that movie has influenced my acting and my sense of humor since I was a kid.

What fascinates you about filmmaking?

What fascinates me the most about filmmaking is that filmmaking is a collaboration, everyone has to work well together as a group, otherwise you will see somewhere in the film that not everything was planned, everyone has to put a 100% into the film and have the same or a similar vision for the film, otherwise it will fail in one way or another.

Why did you choose Acting?

I have always enjoyed getting into characters since I was young, participated in many school plays, practiced singing and one day I got an audition for the movie "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty". It has always been the dream to get into a big role and do what I love as my job, then it's just so much fun to play because acting is the art of playing.

Did anything particularly surprise you during your studies?

Perhaps the thing that surprised me the most during my studies is how many talented people there are in this school, just in my semester there are people who you can imagine directing or acting in some huge movie, and that's just in my semester, not even mentioning the other semesters and the talented people that are there, and then you think how many talented people are out there, all with their own talents, it's just about letting them shine.

And what does the future look like?

Tough question, but I'd say of course it will be going to auditions, signing up with a talent agency, moving abroad, meeting a woman, marrying a woman, having kids, life getting tough, getting fired from my job, getting my big break, getting the Oscar, coming home, my wife cheating on me, divorcing, that being very difficult for our two children, continuing to act, turning 65, deciding to stop acting, buying a plot of land and building a farm, living there for the next ten years until I die of a heart attack at 75 (I think).