Danish actor, 55 years old, He smashed his forehead into an actual bathroom mirror (“That was a little painful”) before destroying the camera hinge, until he reached for a dull-looking towel rack.
“That towel looked like I could pull it out, but I couldn’t. I kicked it, pulled it out. It didn’t move,” says Mikkelsen.
But it will take more than a stubborn towel rack to disrupt the unstoppable career momentum of the NBC serial killer “Hannibal”. A shelf bug led to him appearing in the movie – “We kept that up for clumsiness, and that was interesting,” says Mikkelsen.
Meanwhile, Riders for Justice. (Opening in Los Angeles and New York on Friday, video on demand, May 21) arrives as Michelsen’s stature rises with Oscar’s success in “Another Tour”, as well as his roles in the major franchises “Indiana Jones” and “Fantastic Beasts.”
Fifteen years after breaking out around the world as a Bond villain bleeding his eyes, Le Chiffer in the 2006 movie “Casino Royale”, Mikkelsen has stepped into the look of a dark wizard. Gellert Grindelwald to replace resigned Johnny Depp In “Fantastic Beasts 3” (scheduled for release July 15, 2022).
He had to embarrassingly enter the third stage of the previous Harry Potter series while filming during the COVID-19 pandemic. So the cast led by Eddie Redmayne went to great lengths to welcome, even the actor who was fighting on screen. (Redmayne, like Newt Scamander, got in head-to-head with Mikkelsen for three straight weeks for the epic finale.)
“I’m just that guy trying to fill in those shoes that someone else has been wearing,” says Mikkelsen, speaking via Zoom Call at a photo break in Spain. “It’s hard for three months of shooting to come while someone like this takes over. They did their best to make me feel like home, everyone knocking on the door of my trailer.”
Franchise welcomes and continued. Last month, Lucasfilm announced that he would join director Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford in the untitled fifth installment of Indiana Jones franchise. As happy as he is, he is the part he cannot reveal details about.
“Unless you want to find me at the bottom of a lake somewhere,” he says with a smile.
Days after his first conference call with Zoom with the makers of “Indiana Jones” filmmakers, Mikkelsen watched the Oscars from afar, and maintained his airport.–A chained car waits until he can watch director Thomas Winterberg emotionally accept an International Academy Award for Best Film for “Another Tour”. The drama, now aired on Hulu, shows the groundbreaking BFA award-winning performance Mikkelsen of a middle-aged teacher going through a crisis trying to drink heavy as an infallible solution.
“I was watching the trophies with one foot, and luckily Thomas won, so I could carry that feeling all the way to the plane,” he says.
In the final show of respect for the film, Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company, Appian Way, recently secured the rights to an English-language film in “Another Tour,” as a potential star vehicle for DiCaprio to take on the lead role.
Mikkelsen believes that the story of “Another Tour” and its ultimate life-affirming message is a universal one, and that the depicted Danish drinking habits can be adapted for an American audience.
“It’s always difficult to make a new version, especially something modern like this,” says Mikkelsen. “But Leo is a phenomenal actor who can perform anything, it would be an honor if he wanted to take it. I’d like to watch him do it.”
Remaking the movie in English is not a project or role, theater is so versatile and the screen actor wants to follow himself.
“It wouldn’t be very interesting to me,” says Mikkelsen. “There is something about filmmaking that is so final. We’ve said goodbye. It’s going to be hard to come back and visit. I think it’s a lot better in New Hands.”
He’s already pursued his role as a mentor on “Another Tour,” which showed off his classically trained dance skills in the grand finale, with the dark and different “Riders of Justice”. Mikkelsen took time to release a beard to play the role of a former Afghanistan warrior seeking revenge on a motorcycle gang believed to be behind the death of his wife in a train accident.
“The beards grow on me very quickly, and it took two months,” he says, adding that the packing muscles on his slender six-foot skeleton were the hardest. “I had to lift and eat a lot of protein to add a maximum of 14 pounds. That’s as much as I could put it in.”
“The rest is the situation,” he adds.
Mikkelsen brings this situation up as he plays the emotional time bomb Markus, who works his way through opposing gang members with much more ease than communicates with his grieving daughter (Andrea Heick Gadeberg).
Recurring director and collaborator Anders Thomas Jensen has managed to make the unsmiling Marcus emotionally dark with the innately friendly Mikkelsen.
“I wouldn’t have dared to go that far with any other actor,” says Jensen. “But Mads is lovable, even when he’s not totally lovable, saying terrible things to his daughter.”
The bathroom bombing and the ensuing crashes are the result of Marcus’ old school refusal to deal with his pain. Mikkelsen convinced his director and the film’s insurance company to allow himDo a mirror header. Coordinator has been tested and a protective cover has been placed on to prevent the glass from splitting.
“There was no filler behind it, just a concrete wall. My plan was to do this four times,” says Mikkelsen. But the Unstoppable actor has found that he can only handle a limited number of head ties. “Two years later, I said,“ That’s it. ”I started hitting the mirror with my fists. And I only did two of these before I said, well, let’s move on to something else.