And why not?

Ólafur Darri Ólafsson is 6ft 5in, has a beard like a pine forest and the gait of a grizzly bear. He’s Iceland’s biggest star – and most unlikely sex symbol. The 42-year-old actor is currently playing the stoic police chief Andri in Trapped, Iceland’s most expensive TV show ever, which is raging like a blizzard in BBC4’s primetime Saturday night slot.

“He looks like one of the looming mountains in the fjord,” says the show’s creator, Baltasar Kormákur. “I didn’t want to go with a typical leading man, although I got pressure to. Ólafur Darri was always my first choice. He has become something of a Gérard Depardieu figure in Iceland. Women here swoon over him, believe it or not.”

Alpha males are alpha males after all.

And perhaps the worse the climate in general the more a bear of a man is that alpha?

15 thoughts on “And why not?”

  1. Well, his wife has left him for another man, he’s the police chief in a small town in the middle of nowhere, his colleagues in Rekjavik think he’s a joke and his car won’t start (and he can’t mend it himself). So not really that alpha.

  2. Feminists are probably conflicted by their attraction to him ’cause he’s an actual man and not some noodle-armed metrosexual ‘feminist-ally’.

  3. So Much For Subtlety

    Bloke in Costa Rica – “Iceland has about one murder per year so we’re already into fantasy territory here.”

    Maybe Jessica Fletcher moved there. A Goddam one man slaughter machine that woman is.

    (And this show is clearly unlike The Guard which I could well believe is a documentary about the Irish police. But then the British have set these sort of shows in Jersey and Oxford neither of which is likely to have much in the way of murder – and of course all Islamic terrorism on British TV is committed by White racists so realism is obviously not a big issue for the audience)

  4. So not really that alpha.

    A person who did not like me (imagine) once noted that being as I was short, fat and bald he was more likely to pound me for a bit of well aimed sarcasm than someone who was tall, fit and hairy. I noted that I didn’t need to be tall, fit and hairy because I had a loaded firearm on my person (which wasn’t true, but he knew I do own firearms). He believed me and that was the end of that.

    There are different ways of being alpha. Being big and mechanically inclined might be indicators, they might not.

  5. “There are different ways of being alpha. Being big and mechanically inclined might be indicators, they might not.”

    True, but the lizard parts of our brains haven’t caught up with that yet. Thus 6’5″ grizzly man mountains evoke more dampness in ladies nether regions than short fat bald men (present company excepted of course!), regardless of how many guns they have in their pockets (or are just pleased to the them).

  6. Jim –

    Quite true. I wasn’t speaking in terms of alpha as it relates to womenfolk. And evoking dampness in said womenfolk is not necessarily a Good Thing.

    Outside of my wife, the few women who have been dampened by my presence over the past 59 years have ended up being little more than lots and lots of trouble for me. I’ll take being a bit alpha in ways that don’t excite the female of the species any day of the week.

  7. Bloke in Costa Rica

    SMFS: someone once did a study on UK soaps and concluded that if Albert Square or Emmerdale were real places they’d rival the barrios of Tegucigalpa for violent death.

  8. Can anyone explain to me why Russel Brand is popular?

    The only role I enjoyed him in was as Alec Baldwin’s love interest in “Rock of Ages” If you haven’t seen it and can don’t hate hair bands it is a surprisingly good movie.

  9. @ Dennis
    He was definitely a Gamma male.
    I took a policy decision before I was ten not to fight smaller kids so this is three dimensions of fantasy away from reality but if we were within slugging distance (which I infer from your post that you were) and you didn’t have a hand in your pocket, why should I be afraid of your gun?

  10. John –

    Although my Kimber Micro .380 ACP is small enough to carry in a pocket, I carry in a holster. It’s a waistline holster that fits in the small of my back. I’d never reach into my pocket for a pistol… that’s not where I keep it.

    When the conversion with that Gamma male starting going South, I took one of my hands out of his line of sight and I did it in a way that ensured he noticed what I’d done. He was smart enough to know that if someone suggests they’re armed and you cannot see where either of their hands are, you back down immediately.

    A fair whack of people who carry do so using waistline holsters… keep that in mind the next time you think things are OK because someone hasn’t dug a hand into a pocket.

  11. @ Dennis
    Thanks – I didn’t know that.
    Thugs in the UK rarely carry a gun so I have never needed to learn how to deal with one. Knives are more common. A kid a little older and bigger than me tried a flickknife on me when I was 13, so I temporarily confiscated it. (I gave it back once he had realised it wasn’t going to get him anywhere if one of smallest kids could just take it from him).
    What would have happened if he had jumped on you knocking you over? Or did you know he was too yellow to try?

  12. The two of us were in a party of five people. We all knew each other and he and I have never gotten along. A couple of things were said back and forth over the course of a few hours and he got upset (I have a black belt in sarcasm). I was 80% sure he was just trying to intimidate me in front of the others, so I said what I said… More to let him know I was calling his bluff than anything else. If he’d have decked me I’d have first bled and then pressed charges and sued him, but nothing else. Basically we were two neighborhood dogs standing side by side barking away like mad, but never actually getting around to the bite.

    I enjoy shooting pistols and revolvers at the range, but am not into the whole concealed carry/tactical thing. I don’t like folks doing concealed carry simply because 90% of them haven’t received the training they need to defend themselves without endangering themselves and innocent bystanders.

    The Kimber Micro was purchased as a night stand gun in case of home invasion. I do carry it in one specific instance: My father and I often shoot at a rather remote private range that is out in the boonies. We usually have $10,000 or more in guns with us when we do this. Once we were shooting and had some hunters come on us from behind. They were perfectly fine… looking for what they thought was a wounded deer, but we realized that if they’d decided to relieve us of guns they could have done so by coming up on us while we were reloading. So we now carry when we go to that range.

  13. So Much For Subtlety

    The Daily Mail has a report on the most popular jobs for potential partners according to Tinder.

    For men it is

    1. Pilot, 2. Founder/Entrepreneur, 3. Firefighter, 4. Doctor, 5. TV/Radio Personality, 6. Teacher, 7. Engineer, 8. Model, 9. Paramedic, 10. College Student, 11. Lawyer, 12. Personal Trainer, 13. Financial Advisor, 14. Police Officer, 15. Military

    For women it is

    1. Physical Therapist, 2. Interior Designer, 3. Founder/Entrepreneur, 4. PR/Communications, 5. Teacher, 6. College Student, 7. Speech Language Pathologist, 8. Pharmacist, 9. Social Media Manager, 10. Model, 11. Dental Hygienist, 12. Nurse, 13. Flight Attendant, 14. Personal Trainer, 15. Real Estate Agent

    Or in other words, the socio-biologists and people like Roissy are right – men want carers and women want killers. Although women are also shallow enough to want people with money and fame.

    I am sure we are all shocked, just shocked, by this finding.

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