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October 21st, 2014 – One of the best things about NBC’s “Hannibal” is Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen as the show’s titular character. His portrayal of the infamous Dr. Lecter is unique in that his cannibalistic obsession manifests itself in such a way that his character comes off as a master chef, not some human-craving barbarian.
Prior to shooting for season 3, Business Insider spoke with the show’s food stylist, Janice Poon, to find out just how hands-on the actor truly is on set. Poon tells us Mikkelsen does all his own food stunts.

“That was really him chopping ingredients,” Poon tells Business Insider. “He [Mikkelsen] came up to my studio for some culinary training because he is a master of all things, he can do everything better than anybody. He’s a quick study; he’s just very dexterous and aware of physicality and using different instruments.”

Poon says there was one moment on set when Hannibal was tasked with pulling off an impressive food trick akin to something you’d see at a Benihana restaurant.

“There’s this Benihana egg trick that the writers tried to put it in once before and we got around it because it could be a mess. The idea is you throw an egg up in the air, you put your spatula out and it breaks on the spatula and you twist the spatula just slightly and the egg falls down on the griddle. They do this at Benihana, you know the Japanese chefs with their little tricks, and I’ve seen them screw it up. They have a whole big grill to hit, and here we just had this little pan for Mads to hit. The first time we thought ‘we’re not cleaning this up,’ because every take, if you break an egg, we have to clear the set, clean it up, etc. The set-dresser comes in just cursing the props person for ever allowing this stupid stunt, and we clean up and go again … so we decide we’re not going to have that, we’ll just have peeled potatoes.

Poon says, despite the difficulty, the writers were intent on making the scene happen.

“They put it in again six episodes later. That script came through at about 6 o’clock at night and was to be shot in the morning. So, the prop master says to me ‘Do you think you can do it?” and I said I can do it one time out of three … I’ve seen a Benihana chef screw this up. We’re all tired, and I don’t want to imagine broken eggs all over the set.”

“So I called my Japanese food guy and asked for a Benihana chef to bring in for a potential hand double. The next morning, there were two Japanese guys, me, six dozen eggs, and Mads wanders on to the set and asks ‘Ok, What are we doing?’ … I tell him we’re doing the Benihana egg trick today, but don’t worry because we have these chefs from the Sushi shop, and we’re gonna handle it. So Mads asks what he has to do, and I tell him – you throw the egg up in the air, you stick the spatula out, it breaks slightly, you twist your wrist, then the egg falls down into the pan. He says, OK, let me try it….he goes on set, and he actually did it. I accused him of practicing, but that’s when he told me he used to be a juggler.”

Poon says she and the crew were stunned to learn how effortless the move was for Mikkelsen.

“I can’t believe I worried so much thinking about how we could make it work,” says Poon. “He never tried it again until they shot it, and boom he did it, and we all were slack-jawed and happy to move on to the next thing.”

October 20th, 2014

Question: What was your first encounter with the Hannibal Lecter mythos?
LAURENCE FISHBURNE: It was Brian Cox in Manhunter. “I’m sorry, operator. I haven’t the use of my arms.” Ooh, okay. Smart guy.
MADS MIKKELSEN: I saw The Silence of the Lambs when it came out. I was way too old to be scared that much, but it was a fantastic film. We owe Anthony Hopkins a lot.
HUGH DANCY: I also saw The Silence of the Lambs. What I remember thinking was how beautiful it was, specifically in that crime scene that he creates when he slaughters the two police officers, and they come in to see it splayed out like an angel. I thought, “Oh, my god, that’s beautiful!” And then, I thought, “What’s wrong with me!” It did that very well.
BRYAN FULLER: I saw Manhunter and thought Brian Cox was amazing. He gets eclipsed by Anthony Hopkins ‘cause it’s an Oscar-winning performance, but I think Brian Cox is just as good. I think they’re two fantastic performances. And then, I went and read the book, and that blew me away.

Bryan, why is it important to you to change the gender of some of these characters and add that female energy to the story?
FULLER: Well, if we didn’t change some of the genders of the characters, it would be a sausage party. There would just be a lot of guys. I think we need female energy in all entertainment. What’s exciting about Season 3 is that we have a lot more female energy.

Hugh and Mads, there’s an interesting undercurrent of love between Hannibal Lecter and Will Graham.
FULLER: He’s penetrated him. It’s true!

How does that shape your own portrayals, and your understanding of the characters?
DANCY: They love each other. That’s unquestionable. I think it’s a platonic love, but it’s rich. They recognize each other as unique in the world. They reflect each other, in that way. It’s a profound recognition and relief that comes with it.
MIKKELSEN: Going through what Hannibal did with Will, in the two seasons, is probably the closest he’s ever been to loving anyone. What love means in his universe, we’ll have to see, later on. Everything heartbreaking that happens to poor Will is also heartbreaking to Hannibal.
FULLER: One of the reasons that I was really excited about this project was to explore heterosexual male friendship, not just between Will and Hannibal, but also Jack. I feel like there is a three-way between those men. I think Jack has a friendship with these two guys, as well. It’s a very interesting exploration of male friendships.
MIKKELSEN: I think there’s an honesty to what Bryan writes, and there’s an honesty in how we try to give the scenes justice. That mean that there is never the big plan from Hannibal. When I’m with Jack, it’s honest. There’s no lie. It’s an honest relationship. We’ve become strong friends, as I have with his wife. What I did with Alana was honest. It might change tomorrow. We don’t know. But, it’s always honest. That’s one of the reasons she can walk in that door without the audience going, “No!” There’s an honesty in the whole project. We’re not trying to be behind the characters going, “Gotcha!” Honesty is one of the keynotes that allows us to get away with some of these things.

Mads and Laurence, how was it to shoot your fight scene that opened Season 2?
MIKKELSEN: That was a really long day.
FISHBURNE: We felt really long and we looked really young, while we were doing it. But the day after, we really felt our age.
MIKKELSEN: We shot that for 14 hours.
FISHBURNE: No, we did 21 hours. You just blocked out the other seven.
MIKKELSEN: That was a beautiful day.
FISHBURNE: It was great.

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October 19th, 2014

I have uploaded 78 additional high quality photos of Mads at the PaleyFest Event last night!

October 19th, 2014

I have added 31 high quality photos of Mads attending the 2nd Annual Paleyfest New York Presents: “Hannibal” last night.

October 17th, 2014

October 13th, 2014 – Among several European and international wealthy princesses, Warren Beatty, Jamie Foxx and Mads Mikkelsen’s daugthers will attend the Beginner’s Ball in Paris on November 29, announced Monday AFP organizer Ophelie Renouard.

At the arms of their daughters, the three actors will open this Charity Ball at the National Palace of Chaillot in favor of the Association “Enfants d’Asie” whose mission is to develop the education of underprivileged girls.

Relaunched in 1992, this international event was inspired by a worldly aristocratic European tradition: twenty girls for most “well-born”, will make their “debut” as required by the protocol of the royal courts before submission to the sovereign.

Among the 25 debutantes from 16 to 22 years, representing a dozen countries, Viola Mikkelsen, daughter of Mads Mikkelsen (“Casino Royale”, “Hannibal”, “Clash of the Titans” …), Best Actor at Cannes Film Festival in 2012 for “the Hunt”, representing Denmark which is participating for the first time at the ball.

October 13th, 2014

Mads is featured in the new issue of Playboy Germany and you can now find the digital scans in our gallery!

October 12th, 2014 – The October 18th “Hannibal” event starts at 8:30 PM ET/5:30 PM PT. Scheduled to appear are actors Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Laurence Fishburne, and Caroline Dhavernas plus showrunner/exec producer Bryan Fuller.

CLICK HERE to access the stream, which goes live 10-15 minutes after the start of each presentation.

Some tix are still available to attend the “Hannibal” panel in person so click here to join, renew, or upgrade your membership. Or do so by phone: 212.621.6600. Keep tabs on future announcements by following The Paley Center on Twitter and visiting the official PaleyFest NY 2014 website.

Other panels that might be of interest include a “The Wire” reunion on October 16th, “Gotham” on October 18th preceding “Hannibal,” and “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” on October 19th.

October 9th, 2014

Liv Røhling Harden, a Stylist & Makeup Artist shared a photo of Mads apparently doing some promo shoot for Men and Chicken today in Copenhagen! I have added the photo in our gallery.

October 9th, 2014 – Four genres. 64 shows. Almost 1 million total votes.

Our 2014 “Fandom Wars” proved that fans will turn out, and in big numbers, to prove their love for their show and their community to everyone online.

So what fandom came out on top this year?

It was close, but in the end, the “Hannibal” fandom, propelled with help from the show’s writers, producers and official accounts, came out on top over the “Arrow” fandom, 53% to 47%.

The final round voting breakdown was as follows:

“Hannibal” — 236,396 votes
“Arrow” — 206,890 votes

Of note: Out of the staggering 811,245 votes cast since “Fandom Wars” began on Sept. 7, “Fannibals” votes were a whopping 321,642 of them. That’s more than a third of all the votes, for all the shows.

We think you deserve … a nice dinner.

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