‘The Snowman’ With Michael Fassbender Gets Panned and Director Says He Knows Why

“We discovered that a lot was missing,” Tomas Alfredson tells Norwegian press

Michael Fassbender’s “The Snowman,” opening this weekend, got killed by critics, and director Tomas Alfredson says he has an idea about what went wrong with the thriller.

“Our shoot time in Norway was way too short,” the Swedish director told the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, which was then translated by The Independent. “We didn’t get the whole story with us and when we started cutting we discovered that a lot was missing. It’s like when you’re making a big jigsaw puzzle and a few pieces are missing so you don’t see the whole picture.”

He added that the movie’s production was rushed: “It happened very abruptly — suddenly we got notice that we had the money and could start the shoot in London.”

However, Alfredson doesn’t agree with certain critics who hammered down on the false portrayal and geography of Norway. Norwegian reviewers criticized the film’s geography, citing numerous location mistakes, according to IndieWire.

“It’s not a documentary about the geography of Norway,” he said. “I wanted to make a fictive thriller. So even if not everything is geographically correct, I don’t give a s—.”

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“The Snowman” stars Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg and J.K. Simmons. It’s based on the best-selling thriller by Norwegian author Jo Nesbø.

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