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Q: People know you as the baddest guy on TV now — in the best possible way! What’s that like for you? How do people treat you?
A: They treat you nicely. They’re afraid not to, I guess. No, I enjoy playing the baddie. I’ve played a lot of good guys in my life. One of the good things is that people get curious about what we’ve done before and they start watching Danish films.
Q: How do your children (Viola, 21, Carl, 17) feel about you playing this sociopath who eats people?
A: My daughter one time had a nightmare that I was chasing her, which was not the best thing that could happen. But they’re used to it. They’ve seen me as many different characters and this is just another one. I’m sure my son would rather see me playing a zombie someday.
Q: Your character has this really deliberate way of smelling a glass of wine. You pause and you do this (interviewer pretends to swirl a glass of wine counterclockwise under her nose) —
A: It’s the other way, from left to right, actually. I don’t know where I got that.
Q: The other way around. Right. Hannibal does that every time!
A: I know NOTHING about wine. I drink beer. The thing is, he’s such a cultivated person, right? And just pulling out a chair for someone has never been in my genetics. So I have to invent things for myself. And sniffing the wine, it was my own little idea, but you know, no one has complained so far. And I didn’t want him to sniff directly because his nose is so sensitive, right. So I wanted it to be just a little ways away from his nose.
Q: What do you enjoy doing a Comic Expo like this?
A: Basically you meet the fans. I mean, people don’t line up to tell you that you suck! (Laughs) So there’s a lot of love in the room. You meet and you can chit chat a little. On the street you don’t always have time. It’s just interesting for us to see how big an impact it has. It means a lot to people, and it means a lot to me to once in awhile actually be able to meet these people and it enables me to continue my work.
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September 27th, 2014 0 News
Mads Mikkelsen will be on CTV Edmonton today at 5PM.
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.