One Of Us: Roar Uthaug
Radiumista Roar Uthaug's Norwegian kaiju adventure Troll has become Netflix's most popular non-English film ever.
TROLL Is Now Netflix's Most Popular Non-English Film Troll has racked up a gargantuan 128 million hours of views and is in the Top 10 in 93 countries including its native Norway, the U.S., the U.K., France, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Brazil and Mexico.
Congratulations with a tremendous success and creating Netflix's most popular non-English film!
Thank you! Feels good!
Why Troll, Roar?
It’s an idea I’ve had for over 20 years now, so it was really nice to be able to finally make the movie. It was inspired by Norwegian folklore and fairytales and I always wondered what would happen if one of the creatures from those fairytales would wake up today. How would the government and the army and everybody react? So that was kind of the basis of the idea.
You were one of the first six people to order a Radium watch back in the days. Please do tell!
I’m into vintage watches and tool-watches. I like it rough and anti-bling. When I saw (Creative Director) Thomas fronting a Norway-produced amazingly simple and old-skool watch brand I got excited and had to get one. I’m a big fan of the Radium Saboteur line.
Does it get any wrist-time?
Sure. I love traveling the world with a piece of Norway on my wrist. There’s something very romantic about Radium. And I can assure you it will never be sold.
Thanks. Are you happy with how Troll came out?
Yeah! I think I want the movie to feel like a roller coaster having scary parts and light parts. Having humor is an important ingredient to move the story along and to make the audience relax and enjoy themselves and also not take the movie too seriously. In this day and age, that’s a nice escape from reality. I hope the movie can be that for people.
People want a sequel to Troll, Roar. Will it happen?
Hah. I have to reply in Norwegian on that one. Vi får se om det går troll i ord...
Haha. Thanks Roar.