Do you devour stories that involve corporate sabotage? Are your favorite characters morally compromised and shockingly ambitious? Does your pulse quicken when you hear the words “market manipulation”? If you answered yes to any of these, then a) you’ve probably watched all of “Billions” and b) you’re almost guaranteed to get hooked on “Follow the Money (Bedrag),” its Danish counterpart. Set in a world where the rich are seemingly unstoppable, social climbing is a dangerous game, and greed is everywhere, the financial thriller follows a group of people, from CEOs to car mechanics, who become inextricably linked by the pursuit of money.
Over the course of the show’s three seasons, there is perhaps no character who displays more evolution than Nicky Rasmussen, played by Danish actor Esben Smed. In season one, Nicky is a new father working in his father-in-law’s auto shop. When he gets recruited to help with a carjacking, a series of fateful events and decisions will eventually lead him deep into the criminal underworld. By season three, the once innocent and baby-faced Nicky is practically unrecognizable.
In fact, some critics have described the final season as a spin-off for how much it deviates from previous seasons. But that’s not exactly a bad thing. Matthijs Wouter Knol, head of Berlin’s European Film Market, calls the third season “too good.”
Topic had the opportunity to pick the brains of Smed and Jeppe Gjervig Gram, director of “Follow the Money” (who also created beloved Nordic Noir classic “Borgen”), on their gripping series, which makes white-collar crime feel like a white-knuckle thriller. And what better way to get them to open up than by having director and actor talk directly to one another? The result? Priceless.
See for yourself: