MY DAD HAD A DARK SIDE. THERE WAS A LOT OF TRAUMA

BE­NEATH THE MA­CHO VE­NEER THAT WITH THE WORLD – AND HIM­SELF

The Herald Magazine - - COVER STORY -

PRO­PELLED HIM TO STAR­DOM IN THE 1980s DOLPH LUND­GREN WAS A FUL­BRIGHT SCHOLAR HAUNTED BY VI­O­LENCE. HERE HE TELLS HOW HE BAN­ISHED HIS GHOSTS AND MADE PEACE

“I’d like men to think about evolv­ing into some­thing more so­phis­ti­cated, more se­duc­tive. To ex­plore the pos­si­bil­ity of an en­tirely new mas­culin­ity”

Hedi Sli­mane, fash­ion de­signer

“I just want some­one I can hold on to/ I want mus­cles”

Diana Ross, singer

THE night be­fore we talk, Dolph Lund­gren tells me, he ap­peared on a Swedish TV show. “One of those latenight talks shows where they al­ways throw a curve­ball at the guests,” he ex­plains.

“I was sit­ting there in my suit talk­ing about stuff and the guy starts talk­ing about fit­ness. And he pulled out these two chin bars on to the stage in front of the au­di­ence and said: ‘We’re go­ing to do a chin con­test.’

“So, there I am, end­ing up do­ing chins to prove my­self.”

He pauses and then adds: “It wasn’t like solv­ing dif­fer­en­tial equa­tions.”

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