Q: You seem so dangerous in your movies. What are you like in real life? (Mikkelsen began dating his wife in 1987; they married in 2000 and have two children.)
A: I go to the pub, hang out with my family — that’s pretty much it. I also do a lot of sports when I get the chance. I’m actually a pretty mellow guy. I can be intense in a lot of ways, but not the way you see the guy in “The Salvation.”
Q: You mention sports. You were a gymnast once, before you were an actor. Do you still do that recreationally?
A: Once in a while when I’m out on the lawn, I’ll jump around and do a couple of things. Here’s a secret: The older you get, the more difficult it gets (laughs). The smallest little injury stays with you for so long. But that’s how it goes, and it doesn’t stop me. I’m always ready to do something that hurts a little!
Q: “The Salvation” is a Western, but made by Danish people in South Africa. Is it a commentary on America and violence?
A: This is one of the stories of how America was created — by numerous crowds of Europeans who moved there — Italian, Spanish, Danish or French. A lot of people went there because it was the promised land. There was poverty and starvation in Europe, and people thought paradise might be over there. It obviously wasn’t as simple as that. It was a new nation trying to find its own feet. … It was an enormous country, and obviously you could not keep the law everywhere. Sometimes law was created in a different way.
Q: Speaking of violence, the recent shootings in Copenhagen (by a Muslim extremist at a free speech rally) must have rattled nerves there.
A: I wish I could say we were shocked, but we’re not. We didn’t wait for it, but we had a feeling it might happen, sooner rather than later. So I guess that’s the state of Denmark and the state of Europe right now, and it’s not the last we’ve seen of it, so we have some issues to deal with. It was horrifying; this is a peaceful little country, so we’ve a hard time grasping it, of course.
Q: OK, change of subject. “Hannibal” is so gross, but it looks like it could be fun to film.
A: It is actually. It’s dark in a very graphic way. It’s almost like a painting lifted out of the wall. There’s a certain style to the show that’s realism, but at the same time it’s not. So we can get away with a lot of things without being censored. We do have a lot of fun, even though we’re digging down into material in the darkest places of humanity.
Q: I know this is not that kind of film, but looking at some of your moves in “The Salvation,” I nominate you to take over Liam Neeson’s action niche when he retires.
A: That would be fun! I must say I like it. I really enjoyed it. I got a kick watching it myself. Being physical, and doing my own stunts — it is fun to do these kind of films once in a while, especially before you get too old.
Q: Do you have a favorite Western?
A: “Unforgiven” is a masterpiece. It’s not only a good Western, it’s a fantastic film. It blew me away … the constant rain, the arc of the characters — it’s just a fantastic film. In my 20s, I fell in love with the Sergio Leone universe as well — it’s hard not to. So probably my love affair (with Westerns) is Sergio Leone and “Unforgiven.”
Q: Is there a film that made you want to become an actor, or made you fall in love with movies?
A: “Taxi Driver.” It was the first film where I came out not having an answer, but a lot of questions. At first I like him (Robert De Niro’s Travis Bickle), then I didn’t like him, then I like him again, and it kept on going back and forth, and I thought that was a powerful way to make a film.
G. Allen Johnson for sfgate.com
— Bryan Fuller (@BryanFuller) March 4, 2015
Mads Mikkelsen has been nominated for best actor at the Saturn Awards, which he won last year in the same category! Overall, Hannibal received 7 nominations including best supporting actress for Caroline Dhavernas, best supporting actor for Laurence Fishburne, best actor for Hugh Dancy, best network television series for Hannibal, best guest performance for Michael Pitt and best dvd/bd release for Hannibal. The winners will be announced at the 41st Annual Saturn Awards Ceremony on June 25, 2015.
Mads Mikkelsen is nominated for a Zulu Awards for Actor of the Year. He’s up against Danica Curcic, Trine Dyrholm, Jakob Oftebro and Bebiane Ivalo Kreutzmann. You can vote for Mads here. To validate your vote you must enter your name (navn) and email and then click on “indsend din stemme”.
The Zulu Awards 2015 will be held on Thursday, March 26.
February 27 Update: The Zulu site revealed the last nominations and you can now vote for Mænd og høns for Movie of the Year!
A new Hannibal interview is featured in the new issue of Empire (April 2015) with Daniel Craig on the cover.. I have added the scans to the gallery.
Magazine Scans > 2015 > [April] Empire
Soda Aps released 4 new behind the scenes photos of Mads on the set of Mænd Og Høns. You can check them in the gallery!
Movies > (2015) Mænd Og Høns > Behind The Scenes
I have added 2 more photos from an old Euroman photoshoot by Martin Juul.
Photo Sessions > Session 177
lesdeuxcopenhagen shared a new photo of Mads wearing the new colab football jersey for F.C. Copenhagen! You can find the photo in the gallery.
Miscellaneous > Social Medias
I have added new Promotional pictures and behind the scenes photos from the BoConcept commercial.
Watch star actor Mads Mikkelsen unfold his talent in The Call. Mads’ irresistibly charming role rehearses lines with his beautiful co-star, but suddenly the mood changes.
Commercials/Advertisements > BoConcept > The Call
I have added the scans from the new issue of German magazine PM Biografie. Huge thanks to Patricia for donating them!
Magazine Scans > 2015 > [February] PM Biografie
Mads is the new face of BoConcept as a new store will open in San Jose, California on February 26. It’ll also be the global launch of their short film featuring Mads! I have added 2 promotional photos to the gallery. You can find more infos about the event here.
I also have added a new outtakes from Elle photoshoot in 2012, courtesy of 2b Management and a new poster for Men & Chicken which was used for the private screening in Berlin.
Also, you can vote for Mads for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for the Maniacs Choice Television Awards 2015.