Were you a James Bond fan before you landed the role of Le Chiffre in Casino Royale?
I can’t say I was because I’d never seen a Bond film. I did lie at the audition and I said ‘Yes, I love that one’, and ”I remember that one’. I actually hadn’t seen any of them. I’ve seen them all now, and I am a big fan now.
Torturing Daniel Craig in the movie must have been a memorable day’s work
It was; it was a beautiful day for me, and there was probably a little suffering for him. We shot that for 10 or 11 hours in a straight role, so it was very exhausting for him to go into this panic mode every single time, but it was enjoyable.
Your film Valhalla Rising was extraordinary – How hard was it filming in a chilly mosquito-riddled part of Scotland?
You nailed it; that was exactly what it was. It was either mosquitoes – they’re not mosquitoes, they’re called midges, right? They have jaws with little teeth, and everybody was covered up totally with nets, except the actors, so when the sun was out we were eaten, and when the sun was not out, it was so cold you can’t believe it. There we were standing half naked doing mud fights. It was physically a very, very exhausting job.
You and director Nicolas Winding Refn are a good team. What’s he like to work with?
Well obviously I love it; we’ve worked together four times now. My very first film was his very first film. So we started out together and he’s taken me in at least four different directions now. It’s always been a challenge and interesting. He’s a man who doesn’t compromise at anything, and I enjoy that.
What are you working on next?
I wrapped up a month ago on a Danish dark comedy called Men & Chicken; it’s the same guy who made Adam’s Apples (Anders Thomas Jensen), and he’s also a writer for Susanne Bier; he’s been writing all her films. I’m having a little vacation now and waiting for October to come and that’s when we start shooting season three (of Hannibal).
What’s been your favorite role and why?
It’s one of those questions you cannot answer. There have been so many that I embraced in different ways. Some of them have taught me something; some of them were just plain great to play; some of them have been difficult, but in the end, we might have found a way out of it, so I can’t really say which one has had the biggest impact on me, but I would say Nicholas Winding Refn’s Pusher is definitely up there, and The Hunt is up there.
The Hunt landed you an award at Cannes for Best Actor. It must have been rewarding to get so much positive feedback for such a difficult role.
Yes, of course. The film was absolutely beautiful; it was a film with a gigantic dilemma in it and I think he (director Thomas Vinterberg) brought that to life in a very beautiful way, so that I got acclaim for it and the film did; it was the icing on the cake of something you were already proud of.
huffingtonpost.co.uk – Mads Mikkelsen – yes, THAT Mads Mikkelsen… Bond villain, prize-winning actor, global star and one of the godfathers of the current vogue for all things Nordic – has got his eye on an altogether bigger prize, it turns out.
The star of ‘Casino Royale’, ‘The Hunt’ and returning TV show ‘Hannibal’ admits that he’s still crossing his fingers for a call from… Ricky Gervais – yes, you read that right – to ask him if he can be an extra in the feature film Ricky’s got planned for David Brent.
“I’m not sure what role he could find for me, but I’d do anything,” says Mads. “I could be a Polish cleaner in the back of the office or something.
“It’s just a brilliant, brilliant show, and I’d love to be part of it.”
In the meantime, Mads, whose brother Lars played the media mogul villain in the most recent outing for Benedict Cumberbatch’s ‘Sherlock’ tale, has got plenty to keep him busy. He plays the title role in ‘Hannibal’, the NBC TV series now gearing up for Season 3. The second season, released this week on DVD, finds Lecter and his fellow doctor Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) engaged in a deadly pavotte, following Will’s realisation that his close colleague and mentor has some deathly recreational appetites.
Mads is a big defender of his sociopathic character – “he’s not two-faced, he just behaves slightly differently with different people,” he says with a chuckle – and, despite his prize-winning turns on the big screen, is convinced that roles like this will only be found now on television.
“Hannibal is radical and brilliant,” he muses. “It has a lot of things you want in film but rarely get. When I first read the script, I realised it sounded better than any film I’d heard of in the last five years. TV is braver than film these days – not all of it, but definitely most.”
Check out this fun interview with Mads about technology in today’s edition of Metro.
moviepilot.com just launched the 1st Annual Bloody TV Awards. Mads Mikkelsen and Hannibal are nominated in a few categories. Click to here to go on the site and vote.
- Outstanding Opening Credits
- Outstanding Special Effects
- Outstanding Episode (Mizumono, S02E13)
- Outstanding Writing
- Outstanding Supporting Actress (Caroline Dhavernas)
- Outstanding Supporting Actor (Hugh Dancy)
- Outstanding Lead Actor (Mads Mikkelsen)
- Outstanding Adapted Series
- Outstanding Villain (Hannibal Lecter)
- Outstanding Direction (David Slade)
Here’s how the Q Scores marketing company arrives at its results for its clients, which include television networks, among others: President Henry Schafer and his team provide a celebrity’s name and a brief description to more than 1,800 study participants. The viewers are asked if they recognize the person and how they feel about him or her.
The outcome of that study is a Recognition score, a Positive Q Score — meaning the individual in question is the respondent’s favorites — and a Negative Q Score, which is the exact opposite of what one hopes to be associated with.
The complete list at the bottom of this report is ranked by a candidate’s Positive Q Score.
“TV personality Q Score metrics provide unique insight into the momentum that primetime casts bring to the opening of the fall television season,” Schafer told TheWrap.
“For returning shows, personality-driven appeal is extremely important for determining how strong or polarizing the cast is for maintaining viewer commitment,” he added. “For new shows, the strength of the personality driven-factor is very important for enticing viewer sampling prior to exposure to the quality of the storylines.”
The men in this ranking averaged a 24 recognition number and an 19 Positive Q Score. Across all actors the company has compiled, the average familiarity number is a much higher 44, but the same 19 Q Score.
In this study, CBS pulled nine slots in the Top 21 (there was a tie taking us beyond 20), NBC had four. ABC scored three, as did the CW. Fox had just two.
Check out the full list at the source. Hannibal’s Laurence Fishburne and Hugh Dancy are also listed.
I have uploaded new stills from Hannibal Episode 2×10 and 2×12. Thanks to farfarawaysite.com for those!
- HorrorHound Radio had the chance to interview Mads during HorrorHound Weekend. You can listen to his 7 minutes segment directly here.
- Check out the great gif sets of Mads’ parts in the Mukozuke making of documentary: Part 1 – Part 2
- Hannibal Season 2 is now available on DVD and Blu-ray in the US.
- Hannibal Season 3 will starts filming on October 20 and won’t air before April/May 2015. [x]
uk.ign.com – One of the best shows on television, Hannibal manages to mix over the top, grandiose — and visually stunning — horror scenarios with beautifully measured performances that ground the material, despite the story’s bigger than life nature. At the center of this, of course, is the title character, played by Mads Mikkelsen. Overcoming the pressure that came with playing a role so memorably conveyed by Anthony Hopkins before him, Mikkelsen has succeeded in making Lecter his own – giving the character a different energy, while retaining the integral sense of brilliance and menace.
With Season 2 of Hannibal coming out on DVD and Blu-ray this week, I spoke to Mikkelsen about the huge, no-turning-back events that occurred during the season, Hannibal and Will Graham’s ever-complicated relationship and where things could go in Season 3.
Suffice to say, full (and major!) spoilers follow for Hannibal: Season 2.
IGN: What did you think when you saw what the opening scene of Season 2 was and that fight sequence and all that it implied?
Mads Mikkelsen: Well, I was thrilled to do it. There’s something fantastic about sitting behind a desk and a counter for hour after hour and then getting out to get your hands dirty. Doing that together, with Laurence [Fishburne], was super thrilling. I mean, I’m standing up against one of the big heroes from The Matrix, who’s been doing this for a living for many years — and I get to kick his ass! That’s fun, right? No, we had a really fun day. It was a long day. We felt young and good — the next day, we felt slightly older. But I was a little concerned to show that in the first episode. I was intrigued by where he [Bryan Fuller] wanted to go. Obviously that’s a little piece of sugar that he gives, and then people forgot about it. Then it came up again, which was interesting, right? So I loved doing the scene, but I was curious how they were going to pull it off, showing it that early. But apparently it worked, and he planned it to.
IGN: How much does Bryan tell you about what’s to come, especially with something like that, where you’re obviously going to know, “Okay, well, Jack’s going to find out”? Did he give you all the info at the beginning of the season, or were you finding out script by script heading towards that finale?
Mikkelsen: Well, there’s a lot of script-by-script finding out. Obviously we know that Jack is going to find out, but we assume whether he’s going to find out in episode nine or 10 or 11. So I always a little curious like, “What kind of costume did they give me today? Is it happening today? Is it a match?” [Laughs] So we know where it’s going, but we don’t necessarily know when it’s happening.
IGN: Obviously we knew Hannibal was an extremely intelligent person from the beginning, but in Season 2, we really got an idea of just how amazingly smart he is and how intricate his plans are; the way he framed Chilton, all that sort of stuff. For you as an actor, when you’re approaching playing Hannibal, he’s the smartest guy in the room, but is it interesting to play how he has to restrain himself from showing just how far that extends?
Mikkelsen: Yeah, it’s always tricky. Let’s say you’re the smartest man in the room. If you’re smarter than everybody else, there’s a certain amount of drama that just disappears because there is no danger. You will never, ever f**k up. He’s always ending on the good side, right? It’s a little like, if you read a scene and it says you come in and you are extremely sexy, the thing is, you cannot play sexy yourself. You have to make sure that they find you sexy. It’s the same with intelligence. The other actors have to play me intelligent. It has to affect them. If not, we can say he’s intelligent many times, but we will never get it. But I think also there are little holes. He falls in little holes once in awhile, especially when it comes to his own vanity, and that’s where Will Graham is getting him: on his own vanity, that he starts believing he’s bigger than God himself. That’s where Will gets him. But the interesting thing is, his plans aren’t necessarily going from A to Z from the beginning. He’s adapting, he’s changing nonstop. He sees opportunities, and he will make a fast decision and make that his plan. But he will change nonstop, and that’s what’s interesting about him.