Michiel Huisman Fan

Michiel Huisman Fan
A Fansite for Dutch Actor/Musician Michiel Huisman

Welcome to Michiel Huisman Fan, the fansite for Dutch actor Michiel Huisman. Or as one article called him, 'that hot scruffy dude from all your favorite shows'! Whether you're a new fan or have followed his career, we hope to give you the most up-to-date and complete information about Michiel. Enjoy your stay!
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GQOn set with Discovery’s star-studded new miniseries.

 

At the best of times, visiting a film set can feel like Take-Your-Journalist-To-Work Day—a bunch of friendly, overworked Hollywood professionals taking breaks from doing their actual work so they can explain it to a small group of interlopers. But there’s also something genuinely magical about walking onto a certain kind of set: a well-oiled and collaborative machine designed solely to create an illusion. You step off a plane, hop into a van, and emerge in the past—in this particular case, a defunct warehouse in Bucharest, Romania that has been painstakingly reworked to resemble a factory in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, circa the turn of the 19th century. I’m here, for a few days, to take a deep dive into the Discovery miniseries Harley & the Davidsons, a dramatized version of the origin of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle company.

 

Your first question might be the same as mine: Why did they go all the way to Bucharest when the United States has a perfectly good Wisconsin just waiting to be used? The answer—like pretty much everything else about a film shoot—is both complicated and variable depending on the person you ask. On the surface, Bucharest and Milwaukee could hardly have less in common. The Communist takeover of the Romanian government in 1947—and the subsequent Communist overthrow in 1989—left Bucharest in a cultural and architectural deep-freeze. In the city center, you might pass a casino or a Gucci store and suddenly come across a dilapidated building covered by a massive tarp designed to resemble the facade of a building—a literal wallpapering over a problem until a more permanent solution can be devised.

 

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ET – Michiel Huisman has a plan.

 

It’s true that the Dutchman may be recognized most for his Game of Thrones character Daario Naharis, Daenerys Targaryen’s handsome and loyal advisor. But starting Monday, Huisman enters another fantastical world in Discovery Channel’s latest scripted miniseries, Harley and the Davidsons, about a culture he has a deep affinity for: motorcycles.

 

An avid bike rider, Huisman had himself convinced that he would “never, ever, ever get into a car,” he told ET during an August sit-down in Beverly Hills, California. That was before he and his wife, actress Tara Elders, had their daughter, Hazel, in 2008. “All of a sudden, I realized that I had responsibilities, and maybe it was smarter to get a car,” Huisman said with a chuckle. “I lived it. It’s just you and an engine, no time for checking your phone. It’s just one-on-one physical.”

 

The allure of Harley and the Davidsons, a six-hour, decades-long adventure following the founders of the iconic Harley-Davidson brand, almost felt like kismet for the actor. Spend enough time with Huisman and his genuine passion for bikes becomes infectious. (ET exclusively premieres a sneak peek at Part 1 of the miniseries.)

 

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WELLANDTRIBUNE.CA – “This machine … I can’t explain … this is it.”

 

Those are the words of Walter Davidson, played by Michiel Huisman, after his first long ride through the countryside on a motorcycle. Walter is exhilarated by this crazy machine that he and Bill Harley, played by Robert Aramayo, put together.

 

Then Walter, the machinist, turns to Bill, the engineer, and asks the inevitable question:

 

“Can it go faster?”

 

Young men will be young men, whether it’s 2016 or 1903, am I right?

 

The new six-hour mini-series Harley and the Davidsons airs on Discovery on three consecutive nights, Monday, Sept. 5, Tuesday, Sept. 6 and Wednesday, Sept. 7. It tracks the history of the Harley-Davidson Motor Company, and uncovers the little-told story of the Milwaukee men who founded the now-iconic brand.

 

“There has been so much written about Harley-Davidson history, but not that much written about the lives of the founders,” Huisman said. “So we had to rely on family anecdotes, and quotes that I could find.

 

“But I love it as an actor, because it feeds my imagination, I think. And hopefully it helped me create a rounded character.”

 

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ENTREPRENEUR – They’re real. They’re unsafe. And they’re spectacular.

 

We’re talking about the motorcycles featured on Discovery Channel’s scripted miniseries Harley and the Davidsons, which tells the success story of the birth of an iconic American brand, and then watches that brand race around tracks at dangerously high speeds.

 

The three-part miniseries follows Bill Harley (played by Robert Aramayo), Walter Davidson (Michiel Huisman) and Arthur Davidson (Bug Hall) as they risk their money and futures on building a motorcycle that will one day become the standard for all others.

 

On the rev up to the premiere, (Monday, Sept. 5 at 9 p.m.) we spoke with the man charged with bringing these machines back to life on screen, bike fabricator Alex Wheeler. Note that we didn’t say “CGI artist.” These bikes are real. And in real life, things get messy. Here are some of the challenges Wheeler and his team faced and how they solved them.

 

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BACKSTAGE – Fortune favors the brave, a cliché brought to life by Walter Davidson, who, alongside his brother Arthur and their friend Bill Harley, dreamed up one of the most enduring, quintessential American institutions when they founded the Harley-Davidson motorcycle company in the early 20th century. As depicted in the Discovery Channel miniseries “Harley and the Davidsons” (premiering Sept. 5), these Wisconsin trailblazers weren’t the richest or the first to realize that motorized bikes would revolutionize transportation, but they were the toughest and most resilient.

 

Michiel Huisman, who portrays Walter with a winning, cocky ruggedness, is himself a product of all the variables that comprise the self-made man: determination, talent, some luck, even a few bizarre coincidences. As he sits in the restaurant at the Chateau Marmont, the Dutch actor thinks about the forces that shaped Walter.

 

“Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in the late 19th century was the last of the new frontier,” he says. “It was still a little bit of the Old West, you know? All these guys, but definitely Walter Davidson, were men’s men. He had a wish to carve out his own American Dream—he wants to break out with this thing that his little brother and his brother’s friend are tinkering with.”

 

For an actor who’s played everyone from Daario Naharis in “Game of Thrones” to the street musician Sonny in “Treme” to Blake Lively’s love interest in “The Age of Adaline,” Huisman in person is several shades funnier and looser than his brooding, hunky characters. “I think Walter is a much more physical guy [than I am],” he admits. “You would have to go really crazy on me before I throw a punch. I’ve never done that in my life. I think a part of me wishes that I was more like that.”

 

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EMMYS – After banging around with borrowed tools in a backyard shed for a few years, two boyhood pals in Milwaukee thought they’d finally achieved their dream: a bicycle that required only enough pedaling to spark a pint-sized engine.

 

In 1903, Bill Harley and Arthur Davidson sold three of the putt-putting contraptions they came to call the “silent grey fellows.”

 

By 1920, Harley and Davidson, with Arthur’s brothers William and Walter, made 30,000 distinctively roaring motorcycles a year — more than anyone else in the world.

 

But the path from tin can to two-wheeled tornado was littered with failed plans, flaming wrecks and bloody brawls, as is vividly shown in Discovery Channel’s six-hour miniseries, Harley and the Davidsons. Produced by Raw TV, it’s set to air over three consecutive nights starting September 5.

 

Shot earlier this year in Romania, the series features Bug Hall as Arthur Davidson and Game of Thrones veterans Robert Aramayo as Harley and Michiel Huisman as Walter Davidson.

 

Best known as the brash warrior Daario Naharis on Thrones , Huisman spent much of his adult life on motorcycles, hopping off only after the birth of his daughter nine years ago.

 

“Telling this story about the early days of Harley-Davidson was like a dream for me,” he says, speaking from his native Amsterdam. “On top of that, my character was the embodiment of the Harley-Davidson spirit — a little bit of a rebel, anti-establishment, a wants-to-do-his-own-thing kind of guy.”

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INQUISITR – For many motorcycle enthusiasts, Harley-Davidson is an iconic and enduring symbol of Americana. The miniseries tells the fascinating story of how the Harley-Davidson brand was created and evolved. Three young men, with amazing vision and drive, overcame many obstacles and challenges to produce one of the most popular motorcycles in the world.

 

 

“This is the type of compelling and honest storytelling that fits perfectly for Discovery Channel,” said Rich Ross, group president of Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and Science Channel. “It is a story about brotherhood, an ironclad will to succeed and going against the conventional wisdom of that time. The founders of Harley-Davidson created more than just a motorcycle. They created modern entrepreneurism.”

 

According to American Motorcyclist, Harley and the Davidsons will provide insight into the success and struggle of the company founders. Walter (Michiel Huisman, Game of Thrones) and Arthur (Bug Hall, The Little Rascals) Davidson along with their friend Bill (Robert Aramayo, Game of Thrones) Harley, were the sons of hard-working, blue-collar immigrants. Together, the young men featured in Harley and the Davidsons firmly believed in the American dream, and they were willing to give everything they had to see their dreams fulfilled. Launching a successful business of building motorcycles was their united goal, and despite facing different challenges along the way, Harley and the Davidsons will highlight how they persevered throughout the good times and the bad.

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