Kevin Durand is Harbard
Harbard is a wanderer, a mysterious man who is not what he seems. He turns up unexpectedly in Kattegat when Ragnar and most of the men of the town are away raiding. Harbard will have a profound effect on Queen Aslaug, Siggy and Helga, all of whom have had the same dream, presaging his arrival.
Harbard’s is hinted to be a manifestation of some God. However it’s unknown which one. Even when he is storytelling, he describes himself as many gods in the sagas and adventures of many of them, describing it a manner that shows he is probably very close or familiar with them.
He first appears in a dream of Aslaug, Siggy and Helga, seen as holding a ball of fire with bleeding hands. He then appears in Kattegat in front of Helga asking for help. He presents himself as a wanderer and a Storyteller, and he is well received by queen Aslaug and Helga, especially after being able of cure Ivar’s pain. However, he is received with suspicion by Siggy. After her death he is received in a cold manner by both Aslaug and Helga before he takes his leave. At the end, Helga eventually watches as he vanishes in the wind, proving he is indeed a supernatural being.
Canadian-born Kevin Durand has developed a versatile background, beginning in comedy and Broadway then transitioning into television and film, illustrating his ability to captivate a wide range of audiences.
Durand was nominated for a 2012 Genie Award for his performance in IFC Films’ Citizen Gangster. In 2009, he was nominated for a Saturn Award for his recurring character, Martin Keamy, on the popular series “Lost”.
Durand was hand-selected by acclaimed director Guillermo del Toro for one of the leads in the hit FX series “The Strain”. The show became an instant hit and was the network’s biggest premiere to date. Based on the trilogy of novels by del Toro and Chuck Hogan, Durand portrays Vasiliy Fet, a famous rat exterminator who proves to be just as good at killing vampires. The series also reunites him with “Lost” executive producer and writer Carlton Cuse.
Currently, Durand can be seen in the independent thriller Dark Was the Night that premiered at the 2014 ScreamFest Film Festival. He can also be seen in Atom Egoyan’s thriller The Captive opposite Ryan Reynolds that premiered and was in competition at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Durand also received rave reviews for his performance in Atom Egoyan’s other feature Devil’s Knot opposite Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon. The film premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.
Before his film career, Durand was voted one of Canada’s funniest new comedians. In addition, he originated the role of Injun Joe in “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” on Broadway.
Durand is best known for his roles in such films as The Weinstein Company’s Fruitvale Station which won both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis opposite Robert Pattinson, Screen Gems’ The Mortal Instrument and Resident Evil: Retribution, IFC Films’ Citizen Gangster alongside Scott Speedman, Shawn Levy’s Real Steel for Dreamworks opposite Hugh Jackman, Universal’s Robin Hood as Little John opposite Russell Crowe’s Robin Hood, James Mangold’s 3:10 to Yuma with Russell Crowe and Christian Bale, as Fred Dukes aka The Blob in X-Men Origins: Wolverine alongside Hugh Jackman, Joe Carnahan’s Smokin’ Aces opposite Chris Pine, and Walt Becker’s Wild Hogs with John Travolta, Tim Allen and Martin Lawrence.
Durand’s other credits include: Darren Aronofsky’s Noah for Paramount, Akiva Goldman’s directorial debut Winter’s Tale for Warner Bros., D.J. Caruso’s I Am Number Four for Dreamworks, the independent The Truth opposite Andy Garcia and Forest Whitaker, Screen Gems’ Legion with Paul Bettany, The Butterfly Effect opposite Ashton Kutcher and Columbia Pictures’ Fragments opposite Forest Whitaker and Dakota Fanning. He was a series regular on Touching Evil opposite Bradley Cooper and Vera Farmiga and on the James Cameron hit series Dark Angel. Durand made his acting debut alongside Russell Crowe in Jay Roach’s Mystery Alaska.