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8 December 1977 Antwerp, Belgium

Nickname

Zenith
Matti

How tall is Matthias Schoenaerts?

1.87 m

Life Story of Matthias Schoenaerts

Matthias Schoenaerts was born on December 8, 1977 in Antwerp, Belgium. His mother, Dominique Wiche, was a costume designer, translator and French teacher, and his father was actor Julien Schoenaerts. He made his film debut at the age of 13, alongside his father in the Belgian film Priester der Entrechteten (1992), which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Schoenaerts enrolled in film school but was expelled for poor attendance in his second year. By age 21, he was enrolled at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Antwerp and was acting professionally in small roles on Belgian television and in Belgian film. By the time he graduated in 2003, Schoenaerts was already named one of "Europe's Shooting Stars" by the influential marketing organization, European Film Promotion.

In 2002, he starred in Dorothée Van Den Berghe's directorial debut Girl (2002), which was also his first feature film since Daens. With his role in Tom Barman's Any Way the Wind Blows (2003), he proved he was Flanders' young actor to watch.

In 2004, Schoenaerts produced and starred in the short film A Message from Outer Space (2004). He also appeared in Ellen...

Significant features of Matthias Schoenaerts

Often works with Michaël R. Roskam
Often plays characters with boxing skills
Polyglotism
Often plays characters who are mentally or emotionally unstable (Love Belongs to Everyone (2006), Loft - Tödliche...

What movies did Matthias Schoenaerts play or participate?

Producers Filmography
The Mustang (2019) , Death of a Shadow (2012) , A Message from Outer Space (2004) ,
Actors Filmography
Ruin The Captain, The Old Guard , The Sound of Philadelphia (2020) Peter Flood, The Laundromat (2019) Maywood, A Hidden Life (2019) Herder, The Mustang (2019) Roman, The Command (2018) Mikhail Averin, Close Enemies (2018) Manuel Marco, Red Sparrow (2018) Vanya Egorov, Racer and the Jailbird (2017) Gigi Vanoirbeek, Our Souls at Night (2017) Gene, A Bigger Splash (2015) Paul De Smedt, The Danish Girl (2015) Hans Axgil,...

Birth information

8 December 1977 Antwerp, Belgium

Nickname

Zenith
Matti

How tall is Matthias Schoenaerts?

1.87 m

Life Story of Matthias Schoenaerts

Matthias Schoenaerts was born on December 8, 1977 in Antwerp, Belgium. His mother, Dominique Wiche, was a costume designer, translator and French teacher, and his father was actor Julien Schoenaerts. He made his film debut at the age of 13, alongside his father in the Belgian film Priester der Entrechteten (1992), which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Schoenaerts enrolled in film school but was expelled for poor attendance in his second year. By age 21, he was enrolled at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Antwerp and was acting professionally in small roles on Belgian television and in Belgian film. By the time he graduated in 2003, Schoenaerts was already named one of "Europe's Shooting Stars" by the influential marketing organization, European Film Promotion.

In 2002, he starred in Dorothée Van Den Berghe's directorial debut Girl (2002), which was also his first feature film since Daens. With his role in Tom Barman's Any Way the Wind Blows (2003), he proved he was Flanders' young actor to watch.

In 2004, Schoenaerts produced and starred in the short film A Message from Outer Space (2004). He also appeared in Ellen...

Significant features of Matthias Schoenaerts

Often works with Michaël R. Roskam
Often plays characters with boxing skills
Polyglotism
Often plays characters who are mentally or emotionally unstable (Love Belongs to Everyone (2006), Loft - Tödliche...

What movies did Matthias Schoenaerts play or participate?

Producers Filmography
The Mustang (2019) , Death of a Shadow (2012) , A Message from Outer Space (2004) ,
Actors Filmography
Ruin The Captain, The Old Guard , The Sound of Philadelphia (2020) Peter Flood, The Laundromat (2019) Maywood, A Hidden Life (2019) Herder, The Mustang (2019) Roman, The Command (2018) Mikhail Averin, Close Enemies (2018) Manuel Marco, Red Sparrow (2018) Vanya Egorov, Racer and the Jailbird (2017) Gigi Vanoirbeek, Our Souls at Night (2017) Gene, A Bigger Splash (2015) Paul De Smedt, The Danish Girl (2015) Hans Axgil,...

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Corinne Masiero and Matthias Schoenaerts in Der Geschmack von Rost und Knochen (2012)

Was originally cast as the male lead in Alive Alone but dropped out. Idris Elba replaced him. He gave the script to Noomi Rapace while they were shooting The Drop (2014).

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Matthias Schoenaerts and Armand Verdure in Der Geschmack von Rost und Knochen (2012)

Was offered the lead role in François Ozon's Eine neue Freundin (2014), but declined due to scheduling conflicts with Far from the Madding Crowd (2015). Romain Duris was cast instead and was nominated for a César award.

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Matthias Schoenaerts in Der Geschmack von Rost und Knochen (2012)

Starred in two films that made their world premieres at the 39th Toronto Film Festival in 2014: The Drop (2014) and A Little Chaos (2014), the latter was also the festival's closing-night film. [September 2014].

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Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts in Der Geschmack von Rost und Knochen (2012)

Was cast for the lead role of Café Belgica (2016), but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts.

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Matthias Schoenaerts and Carey Mulligan in Am grünen Rand der Welt (2015)

His name is pronounced "Ma-tee-us Scone-arts.".

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Matthias Schoenaerts in Am grünen Rand der Welt (2015)

Grew up bilingual speaking Flemish/Dutch and French. He's also fluent in English, which he learned by watching American films.

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Matthias Schoenaerts in Am grünen Rand der Welt (2015)

Lives in Antwerp, Belgium.

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Matthias Schoenaerts in Am grünen Rand der Welt (2015)

Is a graffiti artist under the pseudonym "Zenith".

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Matthias Schoenaerts in Red Sparrow (2018)

Has appeared in Belgian, Dutch, French, American, British and Italian films, in which he speaks Flemish, Dutch, French, English and German.

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Matthias Schoenaerts in The Mustang (2019)

Son of actor Julien Schoenaerts and costume designer/translator/French teacher Dominique Wiche.

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Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts in Der Geschmack von Rost und Knochen (2012)

Was raised both by his mother in Antwerp and his grandmother in Brussels; his mother never married his father, who died in 2006. His mother died in 2016.

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Matthias Schoenaerts in Red Sparrow (2018)

Has an older half-brother, Bruno Schoenaerts (born 1953), a lawyer. And two deceased half-sisters, Helga Schoenaerts (1961-1982, suicide) and Sarah Schoenaerts (1955-2014, cancer).

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Matthias Schoenaerts and Jennifer Lawrence in Red Sparrow (2018)

Uncle of Ellen Schoenaerts.

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Matthias Schoenaerts and Adèle Exarchopoulos in Racer and the Jailbird (2017)

Has a tattoo on his left inner arm, a triangle. This tattoo can be seen in the film A Bigger Splash (2015).

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Matthias Schoenaerts and Alicia Vikander in The Danish Girl (2015)

Grew up loving and playing soccer, and also painting especially graffiti. Even went to New York City to collaborate briefly with Bronx group known as Tats Cru.

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Matthias Schoenaerts and Carey Mulligan in Am grünen Rand der Welt (2015)

Was close to becoming a professional soccer player and was on the books of Antwerp team Beerschot AC, but gave up when he was 16. He appears in the documentary Antwerp - The City Game (2014) playing soccer with kids in the same place in Antwerpen-Zuid where he used to play when he was a kid.

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Matthias Schoenaerts and Carey Mulligan in Am grünen Rand der Welt (2015)

Is a fan of Belgian football club FCO Beerschot Wilrijk and of Spanish club FC Barcelona.

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Spent a year in film school but was kicked out for poor attendance.

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Dakota Johnson and Matthias Schoenaerts in A Bigger Splash (2015)

Was director Jan Verheyen's first choice to play Dieter in Alias - Tödliche Liebe (2002), but Schoenaerts' drama school refused to give him time off to star in the movie, so the part went to second choice Geert Hunaerts.

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Matthias Schoenaerts and Tilda Swinton in A Bigger Splash (2015)

2003: Named as one of European films' Shooting Stars by European Film Promotion.

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Matthias Schoenaerts in The Danish Girl (2015)

Graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in Antwerp in 2003.

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Appeared in two films with his father, Julien Schoenaerts: Priester der Entrechteten (1992) and Ellen Calling - Nachricht vom Schicksal (2004), the latter is the only film in which they shared scenes together.

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Matthias Schoenaerts and Carey Mulligan in Am grünen Rand der Welt (2015)

Starred in two films directed by Dorothée Van Den Berghe: Girl (2002) and My Queen Karo (2009).

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Matthias Schoenaerts and Juno Temple in Am grünen Rand der Welt (2015)

His father Julien Schoenaerts was named "the Marlon Brando of Flanders". Since he starred in Bullhead (2011) and Rust and Bone (2012), Matthias has been called "the Belgian Brando".

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Matthias Schoenaerts and Michael Sheen in Am grünen Rand der Welt (2015)

Is a fan of Daniel Day-Lewis, Simone Signoret, Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix.

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Matthias Schoenaerts and Carey Mulligan in Am grünen Rand der Welt (2015)

Starred in two films with Els Dottermans. She played his girlfriend in Girl (2002) and years later she played his mother in Love Belongs to Everyone (2006).

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Matthias Schoenaerts in Die Gärtnerin von Versailles (2014)

Appeared in two films with Laura Verlinden: Loft - Tödliche Affären (2008) and Death of a Shadow (2012). They also appeared on the mini-series The Emperor of Taste (2008), although they didn't share any scene.

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Matthias Schoenaerts and Diane Kruger in Der Bodyguard - Sein Letzter Auftrag (2015)

Auditioned for a role in David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method (2011). The audition went well and the casting agents wanted to call him back, however, he had pledged his commitment to Bullhead (2011) and so had to let the opportunity slip.

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Matthias Schoenaerts and Carey Mulligan in Am grünen Rand der Welt (2015)

Had to cultivate 27 kilograms of muscle mass to apply himself to the role of Jacky Vanmarsenille in Bullhead (2011), he prepped for the role for two years, committing to a diet of 3000 tins of tuna, several hundred chickens and plenty of oats, rice and pasta combined with an exhaustive weight lifting regimen. In addition, he also studied the Limburgish dialect to ensure he was performing with authenticity, so he wouldn't offend the natives. He also wore a prosthetic nose.

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Matthias Schoenaerts and Thomas Vinterberg in Am grünen Rand der Welt (2015)

His performance as Jacky Vanmarsenille in Bullhead (2011) and Tom Hardy's performance in Bronson (2008) were Steven Ogg's inspirations to play Trevor Phillips in Grand Theft Auto V (2013). Steven Ogg revealed his inspirations at the New York Comic Con in October 2013. Schoenaerts and Hardy appeared together in the film The Drop (2014) directed by Michaël R. Roskam, who is also Bullhead's director.

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Matthias Schoenaerts in The Drop - Bargeld (2014)

Has starred opposite his friend Jeroen Perceval twice: in Injury Time (2010) and Bullhead (2011).

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Matthias Schoenaerts in The Drop - Bargeld (2014)

Marion Cotillard revealed that the first and only time that she liked filming sex scenes was in Rust and Bone (2012), on her scenes with Matthias.

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Tom Hardy and Matthias Schoenaerts in The Drop - Bargeld (2014)

First Belgian male actor to win a César award and one of 5 Belgian actors overall to win the award. The others are Natacha Régnier, Cécile de France, Yolande Moreau and Déborah François.

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James Gandolfini and Matthias Schoenaerts in The Drop - Bargeld (2014)

Two films in which he played the lead received Oscar nominations in two consecutive years: Bullhead (2011) was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in 2012 and Death of a Shadow (2012) was nominated for Best Live Action Short Film in 2013.

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James Gandolfini, Matthias Schoenaerts, and Michaël R. Roskam in The Drop - Bargeld (2014)

Was considered by director José Padilha for the lead role of RoboCop (2014), but he dropped out because he thought that he wasn't prepared for a big movie like that yet. The part went to Joel Kinnaman. There's a scene in Rust and Bone (2012) in which Schoenaerts' character nicknames Marion Cotillard's character "RoboCop". Schoenaerts also worked with Paul Verhoeven, the director of the original RoboCop, in Black Book (2006).

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Matthias Schoenaerts and Michaël R. Roskam in The Drop - Bargeld (2014)

Was originally cast as Leo Woeste in Waste Land (2014) but dropped out. Jérémie Renier was cast instead.

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Noomi Rapace and Matthias Schoenaerts in The Drop - Bargeld (2014)

As of 2015, has appeared in three films that have been nominated for an Academy Award: Priester der Entrechteten (1992) (Best Foreign Language Film), Bullhead (2011) (Best Foreign Language Film) and Death of a Shadow (2012) (Best Live Action Short Film).

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Tom Hardy and Matthias Schoenaerts in The Drop - Bargeld (2014)

Featured on W Magazine's portfolio of the Best Performances of 2012, for his performance in Rust and Bone (2012) [February 2013].

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Matthias Schoenaerts and Carey Mulligan in Am grünen Rand der Welt (2015)

Played the same character in two different languages (Flemish and English), first in the Belgian film Loft - Tödliche Affären (2008) and years later in the American remake Mord im Loft (2014) - it was also his first English-speaking role.

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Zoe Saldana and Matthias Schoenaerts in Blood Ties (2013)

After starring together in Rust and Bone (2012), Marion Cotillard recommended him for a role in her boyfriend's Guillaume Canet directorial debut in Hollywood: Blood Ties (2013). Canet told that he chose Schoenaerts after hearing Cotillard praising him several times.

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Matthias Schoenaerts in Blood Ties (2013)

Appeared on the cover of the first issue of French magazine Elle Man. [October 2013].

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Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts, etc.

Filmed four movies in 2013: A Little Chaos (2014), The Drop (2014), Suite Française (2014) and Far from the Madding Crowd (2015).

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Matthias Schoenaerts in Der Geschmack von Rost und Knochen (2012)

Turned down the role of Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016). During an interview on the Dutch TV show "24 uur met" in February 2016, Schoenaerts told that he felt he was too young to play Batman in his mid 40's. Schoenaerts was 35 years old when he was offered the role.

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Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts in Der Geschmack von Rost und Knochen (2012)

Face of Louis Vuitton Menswear Spring/Summer 2014 campaign.

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Matthias Schoenaerts in Der Geschmack von Rost und Knochen (2012)

Was in talks to play the male lead in Tulip Fever (2017), but turned it down and was replaced by Dane DeHaan.

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Bouli Lanners and Matthias Schoenaerts in Der Geschmack von Rost und Knochen (2012)

Has worked with Michaël R. Roskam four times. First in the short film Auftrag in Korsika (2005), then in the features Bullhead (2011), The Drop (2014) and Racer and the Jailbird (2017).

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