Johan Philip "Pilou" Asbæk (Danish: [pʰiˈlu ˈæspek]; born 2 March 1982) is a Danish actor.
In 2011, Asbæk starred in another piece by Tobias Lindholm, in the film R, as a Danish convict, portraying a harrowing prison experience. The film was shot in the Dogme 95–inspired style. The next year, in 2012, Asbæk starred in another Tobias Lindholm film called A Hijacking, about Somalian piracy, for which he transformed himself physically, gaining weight to imbue the role
with method acting.
In 2013, Asbæk portrayed a flamboyant Danish tycoon named Simon Spies in the movie Sex, Drugs & Taxation (Danish: Spies & Glistrup). In this film, Asbæk co-stars opposite his wife's cousin, the actor Nicolas Bro, who plays the other main character, Mogens Glistrup.
In 2014, Asbæk starred opposite Scarlett Johansson in the Luc Besson film Lucy. Also in 2014, Asbæk appeared in the Bille August film Silent Heart (Danish: Stille Hjerte), in which his mother-in-law, Danish actress Vigga Bro, plays the character Lisbeth.
Pilou Asbæk (far right) co-hosting the Eurovision Song Contest
In 2015, Asbæk again collaborated with director Tobias Lindholm in the film A War (Danish: Krigen), playing a soldier in Afghanistan. The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival.
Asbæk co-starred in the 2016 remake of Ben-Hur, starring Jack Huston and Morgan Freeman.He portrayed Pontius Pilate.
In 2017, he played Batou in Ghost in the Shell.
In 2018, he played Captain Wafner in Overlord.
Asbaek plays the lead role as police investigator Anders Olsen in Murderous Trance, opposite Josh Lucas. Written and directed by Arto Halonen, the movie is based on actual events. The plot revolves around the bizarre case of the hypnosis murders, which took place in Copenhagen in 1951.
In April 2021, he joined the cast of the upcoming superhero film Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom in an undisclosed role.
In September 2021, Asbaek joined the cast of the Stephen King adaptation of Salem's Lot as Richard Straker.
|Niels Arden Oplev
|Dig og mig
|Christian E. Christiansen
|Nuka Wølk Mathiassen
|Tobias Lindholm & Michael Noer
|Pernille Fischer Christensen
|Hans Fabian Wullenweber
|Spies & Glistrup
|Niels Arden Oplev
|Claus Michael Pedersen
|The Great Wall
|Ghost in the Shell
|Run Sweetheart Run
|Outside the Wire
|Cyrus / Nemesis II
|Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom