The Umgås Understanding – Declan Michael Laird

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The Umgås Understanding – Declan Michael Laird

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Photo via Declan Laird

Welcome back to The Umgås Understanding. This is where we get to understand a little bit about someone and they get to understand a little bit about Sweden. And we all have fun.

This is Antoine, and I’ll be bringing you goofy interviews with amazing people. Our first chat was with the ultra-talented, head honcho of dubstep and original EDM mastermind, Chris Mercer – aka RUSKO.

Today, we’re catching up with Scottish actor Declan Michael Laird.

Critics are calling him the next Tom Hardy, his 100,000 fans on Twitter call him gorgeous and with six yet-to-be-released projects on the way, this young star is just about to hit the big time.

But we at Umgås don’t care about the stuff everybody already knows! So we invited Declan to participate in The Umgås Understanding from his home in L.A., and we Swedified him!

During our time together, Declan tried his hand at Swedish tongue twisters, asked a Swedish girl for his pants back, told us why he’d punch Avicii and much more! So buckle your 3-point seat belt (you’ll get the joke in a second) and get ready for a uniquely Swedish experience as we take Declan Michael Laird deep into this month’s edition of The Umgas Understanding.

Declan, thrilled to have you with us. I know your schedule is really tight, so we definitely appreciate you taking the time out of your day to do this. Let’s get started! 

If you had to choose to make the world live without one of the following inventions, which would it be? Why?

  • The adjustable wrench
  • The 3-point seatbelt
  • The pacemaker
  • The zipper
  • Skype

The Adjustable Wrench would be gone instantly. Because there are plenty of other wrenches. They are adjustable! Skype I use to talk to my parents back in Scotland. The seatbelt is a formality. The pacemaker keeps people alive…that is extremely important! Yeah, I’d keep the zipper. I’m more of a button-man myself, but I’d keep the zipper. The zipper can cause problems, especially after a few drinks! But the wrench has got to go! Sorry, it’s gone.


Of these 6 Swedish artists, who has had the biggest impact on your life? Why?

  • Avicii
  • Swedish House Mafia
  • Ace of Base
  • Roxette
  • ABBA
  • The Cardigans

Mmm, not The Cardigans because it sounds like the Kardashians. I would say Swedish House Mafia. Yeah, SHM because on the dance floor I’ve split some pretty mean shape to Swedish House Mafia in my day. They did a song Miami 2 Ibiza with a UK hip hop artist Tinie Tempah, which is one of my favorite songs past and present. That song is…I can spit a beat to that song.  If you hear that song come on, you are about to hear some lyrics be thrown down by me, so definitely SHM.

We may have to do a follow up interview just to hear you spit those beats.

(Laughs) Segment 2!

If you had to give one of these Swedishy gifts to anybody in the world, what would it be and who would it be for?

  • Free Candy Crush gameplay for life
  • A trip to Summerburst Electronic Music Festival
  • A Husqvarna chainsaw
  • Or a brand new Electrolux Vacuum cleaner of your choice

I would give…I know it’s a gift, but I’m a prankster and maybe not the nicest person in the world, so I would give
Candy Crush for life to my brother because he CANNOT stand Candy Crush. I would make him play it every single day. So definitely Candy Crush for life. God, the Swedish have given us a lot!

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Choose fast and don’t have regrets! Have lunch with/ get drunk with/ punch….GO!

  • Alfred Nobel, inventor of dynamite and the Nobel Peace Prize
  • Dolph Lundgren, action movie star
  • Ingrid Bergman, famous Hollywood actress (Casablanca)
  • Avicii, #7 DJ in the world 2015

Wait, so I have to choose to punch someone? (Laughs) OK!

Alfred Nobel I would take to lunch because inventors fascinate me. I have nowhere near the intelligence for any of that stuff, and I would want to know where he even began and how he came up with dynamite. So I would take him to a stand up lunch at McDonald’s.

I’d punch Avicii just because he is so successful it’s annoying. Not in a bad way, I mean he is doing a great job, but he is retiring way too young. If you can retire that young, you deserve to be punched!  I am sure he is a lovely guy, though.

I’d get drunk with Dolph Lundgren because he’s an action movie star! I’d get him hammered and I’d get him to do stunts in the street. Like you know if a car is coming around the corner, I would get him to roll over the car and stuff like that. I’d Snapchat that (laughing).

 That was easy wasn’t it? Stay tuned for the next Umgås Understanding!

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